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Spain seal Euro 2020 place, but what is state of play in qualifiers?


Six countries have already qualified for Euro 2020 after the conclusion of fixtures in this month’s international break.

After Belgium, Italy, Russia, Poland and Ukraine had already booked their places in the latest edition of the European Championship, 2008 and 2012 winners Spain also achieved the feat on Tuesday night.  

WHO HAS QUALIFIED?

Belgium

Italy

Russia

Poland

Ukraine

Spain

Spain, who also won the competition in 1964, needed just a draw in Sweden to seal their place in the 24-team pan-European contest. 

Spain were held by a last-gasp Norway equaliser in their previous qualifier but reveresed their fortunes in Sweden thanks to Rodrigo’s late leveller.

Following Tuesday night’s action, Sportsmail take a look at what has happened and what could still take place ahead of the final round of qualifying fixtures in November.

Rodrigo’s goal saw Spain book their place for the European Championship next summer

GROUP A

GROUP A FIXTURES 

November 14

Czech Republic vs Kosovo

England vs Montenegro

November 17

Bulgaria vs Czech Republic

Kosovo vs England

England moved to the brink of qualification with a resounding victory in Bulgaria on Monday night.

The Czech Republic did their cause no harm at all by coming from behind to beat Gareth Southgate and Co on Friday.

They currently sit second ahead of Kosovo. Their meeting in Prague next month looks set to decide who will join England in the second automatic promotion spot.

Southgate’s side know that just a point in Podgorica next month will do, while they have the insurance of going to Kosovo three days later. 

GROUP B

GROUP B FIXTURES 

November 14

Portugal vs Lithuania

Serbia vs Luxembourg

November 17

Luxembourg vs Portugal

Serbia vs Ukraine

Ukraine sealed their position as Group B winners with a surprise win over Portugal on Monday.

It leaves Cristiano Ronaldo and Co in a spot of bother, needing to better Serbia’s results to reach Euro 2020.

The holders have the benefit, though, of kinder fixtures.

They host Lithuania before visiting Luxembourg while the Serbs host Ukraine after entertaining Luxembourg. 

GROUP C

GROUP C FIXTURES 

November 16

Germany vs Belarus

Northern Ireland vs Holland

November 19

Germany vs Northern Ireland

Holland vs Estonia

Germany and Holland have now taken control of Group C.

Northern Ireland were the surprise leaders going into the international break but were beaten in dramatic circumstances by the Dutch last Thursday, conceding two late goals in stoppage time.

Michael O’Neill’s side welcome Ronald Koeman and Co to Belfast next week before the trip to Germany three days later.

They face an uphill task to avoid the potential lottery of the play-offs.

Holland have the superior head-to-head record, crucial in deciding who tops the group. But if both avoid defeat to the Northern Irish, they will both be through. 

GROUP D

GROUP D FIXTURES 

November 15

Denmark vs Gibraltar

Switzerland vs Georgia

November 18

Gibraltar vs Switzerland

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark

A Haris Seferovic strike and Shane Duffy’s own goal left the Republic of Ireland needing to beat Denmark to secure automatic qualification for the Euro 2020 finals as Switzerland got right back into the race. 

Ireland’s last game sees them host their nemesis, the Danes, who thrashed them 5-1 at the Aviva Stadium in their World Cup play-off two years ago. 

After their dire performance in the Nations League, the Irish cannot hope on the insurance of a play-off spot.

With Switzerland staring at two very winnable games against Georgia and Gibraltar afterwards, even a draw might not be good enough for McCarthy’s men.

GROUP E

GROUP E FIXTURES 

November 16

Azerbaijan vs Wales

Croatia vs Slovakia

November 19

Slovakia vs Azerbaijan

Wales vs Hungary

Croatia are in pole position in Group E. A point at home to Slovakia should prove enough.

That plays into Wales’ hands, who need to win their final two games to make automatic qualification.

They have the insurance of a play-off spot, but will want to get the job done next month.

Ryan Giggs’ side have been inconsistent with both results and performances, and could have done with securing victory away in Slovakia last week.

They toiled to victory over Azerbaijan last month, and will need to be at their best in Baku this time. Three points there could well set up a winner-takes-all play-off against Hungary in Cardiff. 

GROUP F

GROUP F FIXTURES 

November 15

Norway vs Faroe Islands

Romania vs Sweden

Spain vs Malta

November 18

Malta vs Norway

Spain vs Romania

Sweden vs Faroe Islands

Spain needed an injury-time goal from Rodrigo to book their place at Euro 2020 with two matches to spare.  

The battle for second in Group F is where the real intrigue lies, with Sweden, Romania and Norway all vying for that coveted spot.

Sweden are currently in possession and were left grateful to Alexander Sorloth, 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 fellow Group F also-rans Malta 1-0. 

GROUP G

GROUP G FIXTURES 

November 16

Slovenia v Latvia

Austria v North Macedonia

Israel v Poland

November 19

Latvia v Austria

North Macedonia v Israel

Poland v Slovenia

Poland are already through and the battle for second in Group G is a three-way fight between Austria, North Macedonia and Slovenia.

Austria, though, have a five point lead and with two games remaining look almost certain to book their place in a second consecutive European Championship.

They host the Macedonians next month, the surprise package in third place in the group, level on points with Slovenia.

North Macedonia have never made a major tournament before but have to both win in Vienna and then hope Latvia – without a point in the group – can beat them in Riga three days later.

Slovenia’s chances are fairly slim now after falling to a slender 1-0 defeat at home by Austria this week. 

GROUP H

GROUP H FIXTURES 

November 14

Turkey v Iceland

Albania v Andorra

France v Moldova

November 17

Albania v France

Andorra v Turkey

Moldova v Iceland

Turkey are the surprise leaders of Group H, by merit of their superior head-to-head record over world champions France.

Both sides hold a four-point lead over third-placed Iceland and look certain to book their place at next summer’s tournament in November.

France have two winnable games, hosting Moldova before travelling to Albania.

Iceland can, once again, upset the odds. Victory in Istanbul next month would move them within a point of the Turks.

If they require a second bite of the cherry, then Turkey at least have the kindest of final games with an away trip to Andorra. 

GROUP I

GROUP I FIXTURES 

November 16

Cyprus vs Scotland

Russia vs Belgium

San Marino vs Kazakhstan

November 19

Belgium vs Cyprus

San Marino vs Russia

Scotland vs Kazakhstan

There is, unfortunately, nothing to play for in Group I.

Except for the identity of the group winner.

But with Belgium on eight wins from eight and a goal difference of 29… surely even the impressive Russians can’t stop them when they meet next month.

Scotland’s qualification campaign has been an unmitigated disaster, but they have at least already secured a play-off spot through their exploits in the Nations League.

And they at least have the chance to exact revenge on Kazakhstan for the 3-0 drubbing dished out to them earlier in the qualifying process. 

GROUP J

GROUP J FIXTURES

November 15

Armenia vs Greece

Finland vs Liechtenstein

Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Italy

November 18

Greece vs Finland

Italy vs Armenia

Liechtenstein vs Bosnia-Herzegovina

Italy have not only secured qualification for Euro 2020, a huge relief after their failure to reach the World Cup, but they’ve already tied up top spot.

And so it’s the identity of the runner-up which piques interest in Group J.

Finland have never been to a major tournament, but this is the best chance they have had since Roy Hodgson narrowly missed out on getting them to Euro 2008.

They are five points ahead of Armenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina with two games still to play and destiny in their own hands as they play the two weakest teams in the group, Greece and Liechtenstein.  

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