This is the qualification for the Euro Cup: nine teams with a ticket and an open play-off | Soccer | Sports
The Euro Cup, which will be held in 10 German cities between June 14 and July 14 next year, already knows nine of its participants. The host team was joined this Tuesday by England, which completes with Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, Turkey and Austria a cast of squads that arrive qualified for the last window of matches scheduled between November 15 and 21 . Spain, however, still has to secure a place as group champion with enough points to be one of the six seeds in the group draw on December 2 in Hamburg. They will have to beat Cyprus and Georgia and manage the seven goals advantage they have over Scotland, who travel to Georgia and host Norway, in the goal average general.
In a context in which 53 suitors are fighting for 23 places, it is difficult for classic teams or teams with high-level footballers to be left out, but there are several stars for whom the journey has been complicated. This is the case of Haaland and Odegaard, pending a bizarre carom for Norway to enter the play-offs. Sweden, present in the last six European Championships, has it even more complicated. Everything indicates that in those playoff Poland will be there, which without Lewandowski caught the flu last Sunday by drawing at home against Moldova. And not only the last champion, Italy, may also have to look for its place there, like Croatia, semi-finalist of the last World Cup and finalist of the last Nations League, precisely the tournament that generates the right to be in a play-off that will be played at the end of next March and in which 12 teams will seek the last three passports to Germany. The competition that Spain won in its last edition served to form a ranking that distributes places in three tournaments of four teams each of which will give away the last tickets for the Euro Cup.
The review of the situation of the qualifying groups serves to warn that in addition to the nine classified teams, there are teams that are about to seal their pass. This is the case of the Netherlands, Albania, Slovakia, Hungary, Denmark or Serbia.
Group A: Spain and Scotland are classified. And Norway, third, depends on the situation in other groups (basically Israel and Ukraine qualifying directly at the expense of Switzerland or Romania and Italy) to enter the playoff final through the League of Nations. In this way, Georgia already knows that it will be seeded, and therefore will always play at home, in the cheapest play-off, that of the third division of the League of Nations.
Group B: France is already first in the group with a total of six wins and the Netherlands needs, if Greece beats the Gauls in the final, one more win to qualify. They have two simple dates against the disappointing Ireland and, above all, against Gibraltar.
Group C: England qualified this Tuesday by beating Italy, which is three points behind Ukraine, but has one more game. If the current European champion beat North Macedonia in Rome, a draw against Ukraine three days later in a match to be played in Leverkusen would be worth it.
Group D: Türkiye will play three consecutive European Championships for the first time. Wales and Croatia are fighting for second place, with an advantage for the first in case of a tie. The Croatians have two easy duels against Latvia and Armenia, but if this post-Bale Wales wins in Armenia and Turkey in Cardiff it will be in the Euro Cup and Modric will have to look for his presence in one last major championship in the play-offs.
Group E: Albania causes a sensation with an attractive game that has it one step away from the Euro Cup. It would be enough for them to draw their next match against the no less surprising Moldova, which still has a chance to qualify. In any case, the Albanians would still save a final bullet with a simple home game against the Faroe Islands. Second place is open for the Czech Republic, Poland and Moldova, with a key duel between the first two in Warsaw, but the Czech advantage of playing one more game than its rival and being able to close the pass with a home victory over Moldova in the last day
Group F: Belgium and Austria are qualified. Sweden, virtually eliminated because the play-off is almost impossible.
Group G: Hungary was able to celebrate qualification this Tuesday in Lithuania, but barely managed to get a draw after losing by two goals. If they draw in Bulgaria (which they have not beaten anyone), their next match will have reached the goal, but if they lose they can face a final duel for the pass against Montenegro. Serbia also has a simple match against the Bulgarians to close the qualification.
Group H: Slovenia and Denmark are four points ahead of Kazakhstan with six to play and will play against each other next day. The Danes have a final bullet against Northern Ireland to add the three points that would give them the pass, but the Slovenians will cross paths with the Kazakhs, who will predictably have surpassed San Marino. If Oblak’s team does not win at the Parken in Copenhagen, the ticket will be played on a card against the surprising Kazakhstan.
Group I: The escalation of violence in Israel comes when its soccer team was one step away from achieving a historic qualification. UEFA postponed its matches against Switzerland and Kosovo and the calendar will be compressed because Israel, which depends on itself to be in its first European Championship, must also play against Romania, the current leader, and Andorra.
Group J: Portugal will seek a full victory in the closing match against Liechtenstein and Iceland to confirm that it will be seeded in Germany. Slovakia needs a point and has two opportunities to achieve it against Iceland and Bosnia, who are already thinking about the play-offs.
How is the repechage played?
And playoff of 12 teams distributed in three keys will determine the trio of teams that in the last two weeks of March will complete the list of participants in the Euro Cup. The criteria for grouping them is based on the classification of the last Nations League, a competition divided into four divisions. The champion of the fourth category, Estonia, would only enter the play-off if there were fewer than four teams of the 16 in the first category that would have to be sent to the play-off. And that is going to happen, so Estonia will play in the Euro Cup playoffs after beating Malta and San Marino in the Nations League.
The four teams from the third division that qualified for the play-offs were Georgia, Greece, Turkey and Kazakhstan, champions of their leagues. As the Turks earn a direct place through the group stage, it will be Luxembourg that takes its place in the play-off. If Kazakhstan were to surprise in November, and achieve a direct pass to Germany, it would leave its place to Azerbaijan. Georgia, as the seeded team, will have a home field advantage in a single-match qualifier.
The second division of the Nations League is also looking to re-establish itself for the Euro Cup. Israel, Bosnia and Finland have a secure place and Iceland would obtain it today, but everything can vary. Norway is waiting for Israel and Ukraine to make history.
The first division can oppose Croatia, Poland and Italy in the quartet that would fight for a single place. Qualifying against Ukraine for the latter would clear the way for the former, who would also have a comfortable semi-final against Estonia.
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