There are two ways to book a spot for the European Championships next summer. One route is by finishing in the top two places of the qualifying group, while the other way is through the play-offs. This means 20 teams will progress via the group phase, with the play-offs deciding who gets the remaining four spots. The qualifying campaign concludes in November and some nations have already secured their places. Who has qualified for Euro 2020? Ukraine have qualified as winners of Group B. In Group G, Poland have also qualified. Belgium and Russia have qualified from Group I and the Belgians can clinch top spot with a draw against the Russians. Italy have qualified as winners of Group J. Euro 2020 play-off permutations The Euro 2020 play-offs will be contested by the 16 Nations League group winners. The teams will be split into four groups of four with a semi-final and a final to be played in each. If a Nations League group winner has already qualified via the main campaign, then … [Read more...] about Who has qualified for Euro 2020? Play-off permutations explained
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Cristiano Ronaldo reached a landmark goal with his strike in Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Ukraine. The Portuguese side lost the match 2-1 but Ronaldo’s penalty took him to 700 career goals. "Not just anyone can reach this figure," the Juventus star said after the game. "Thank you to my team-mates, colleagues and coaches who have helped me to become the player I am. "I am disappointed that we didn't win, but proud of the team." The strike also moved Ronaldo to seven goals in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. That puts him at No 5 on the top scorers' list, level with Aleksandar Mitrovic of Serbia and Finland’s Teemu Pukki. Just ahead are England duo Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. Manchester City forward Sterling has been directly involved in 13 goals in Euro 2020 qualifying, while Tottenham’s Kane has contributed directly to 15 goals in his last 10 games for England in all competitions. Euro 2020 qualifying top scorers (5+ goals) 1. Eran Zahavi, Israel … [Read more...] about Euro 2020 qualifying top scorers: Where do Ronaldo, Kane, Sterling, Lukaku rank?
PARIS: Rodrigo Moreno fired Spain into Euro 2020 with a last-gasp equaliser in Sweden while the Republic of Ireland's chances of reaching the finals are still in the balance after they fell 2-0 in Switzerland.Spain became the sixth team to qualify for next summer's tournament thanks to Rodrigo, who came off the bench to score a dramatic injury-time leveller in a 1-1 draw in Stockholm, sparking wild celebrations on the touchline."Qualification is a must for a team like Spain but achieving it still has value," said Moreno. "It releases the pressure and gives us time to work."Robert Moreno's side are top of Group F on 20 points after drawing their last two matches. They are five ahead of Sweden and six above Romania, who missed the chance to take second spot when Norway's Alexander Sorloth snatched a late 1-1 draw in Bucharest.However it was a far from vintage display from Spain, who started brightly but faded as the match wore on against the lively hosts, who were distraught after … [Read more...] about Football: Spain draw with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020
Spain needed an injury-time goal from Rodrigo to draw 1-1 with Sweden in Stockholm and book their place at Euro 2020 with two matches to spare. They fell behind five minutes into the second half after David De Gea made a double save to deny Marcus Berg and Emil Forsberg, only for the ball to loop up in the air for Berg to nod into an empty net. Moments later De Gea had to pull off a sharp save down to his right to prevent Forsberg from doubling the lead. But Spain’s problems deepened when the Manchester United goalkeeper, who had made a stunning save to deny Robin Quaison in the first half, limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. They looked on course for a first defeat of the qualifying campaign until Rodrigo fired through a crowded penalty area to clinch the draw. Sweden were left grateful to Alexander Sørloth, who scored a late equaliser for Norway in Romania. The 1-1 draw means Romania stay a point behind the Swedes in third, while the Faroe Islands beat … [Read more...] about Euro 2020 roundup: Spain qualify but David de Gea limps off
It is really, really easy, UEFA. Kick Bulgaria out of the Euro 2020 play-offs and begin to stand up to the bigots. Laughably, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin defended his organisation’s record of fines and partial ground closures as a means of tackling the issue on racism. Quite clearly from Monday night, it is not working. The only way the morons who try so despicably to abuse Bulgaria’s opposition is to make it count against Bulgaria themselves. And the opportunity to make an example is so clear it is almost a no-brainer. Bulgaria finished in fifth place in League C of the Nations League. With Finland, a place above them, looking set to qualify for Euro 2020 automatically and both Leagues A and B needing to make up the numbers in their own play-off deciders, the new back-door entry looks certain to be available to a team ranked just 62 in the world. Slam it shut, UEFA. By November, the details would have worked themselves out fully, another team can be promoted in … [Read more...] about UEFA have chance to take racism stand against Bulgaria, they must ban them from Euro 2020
STOCKHOLM: A stuttering Spain qualified for Euro 2020 as a stoppage-time strike by substitute Rodrigo cancelled out Marcus Berg's opener for Sweden in a 1-1 draw in Group F on Tuesday (Oct 15).Having drawn against both Norway and Sweden in their last two matches on their trip to Scandinavia, the Spaniards will have plenty of work to do if they want to be considered among the favourites at next year's tournament.With Sergio Ramos suspended following his yellow card in their last game against Norway, Spain started superbly, pinging the ball from side to side and probing for openings behind the Swedish defence.Thiago Alcantara could have put the visitors ahead early on, but after rounding the goalkeeper he miscontrolled the ball and it rolled out for a goal kick.Midfielder Rodri had a stinging shot saved shortly afterwards and it looked to be only a matter of time before the Spaniards made the breakthrough, but with goalkeeper Robin in Olsen in superb form, the Swedes adjusted and began … [Read more...] about Football: Spain draw 1-1 with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020