Summary of the Uefa Euro 2020 Qualifying Tournament So Far

Summary of the Uefa Euro 2020 Qualifying Tournament So Far

 

With a number of international sports tournaments already under way this year, there is no doubt that the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign is as exciting as it has been for many years. With twenty nations that have already made it through to the finals, and another sixteen will battle it out for the remaining four tournament spots. Some punters are already hedging their bets about which nations will qualify to the finals, while others might visit some of the best uk casino sites. Who is already there, and who still has work to do to make the Euro 2020 finals?

Euro 2020: Qualifiers

Group A

England topped the group after only losing a single game throughout qualifying. That loss came at an away match, as they went down 2-1 to group runners-up in the Czech Republic. The game of the group was the spectacular 5-3 victory for England as they faced Kosovo at Wembley Stadium.

Group B

Ukraine overcame the expected giants of group B to finish ahead of Portugal by three points. They managed to take a draw in Lisbon and then win the home tie, despite losing a man to a red card and allowing Ronaldo to score a penalty to make it 2-1.

Group C

Germany managed to hold out and finish ahead of arch-rivals, the Netherlands in the qualifying ‘group of death’. Both nations qualified, and the game of the group was a historic 4-2 win for the Dutch in the German’s own backyard.

Group D

No surprises in Group D with Switzerland taking the top spot. For a long time, it could have gone to one of four teams, but in the end, Denmark took second place. Check out the highlights of the 3-3 draw they played out in Basel, as it was unbelievable viewing.

Group E

World Cup finalists Croatia clinched the number one spot in this group, and there was plenty of drama to decide second place. Wales made it after a dramatic home victory where they beat Hungary 2-0.

Group F

Spain welcomed back Luis Enrique as head coach despite Roberto Moreno guiding them to the Euro 2020 finals with ease. Second place in Group F went to Sweden after they took an impressive point from the Spanish in Stockholm.

Group G

A dominant Poland stormed to victory after eight wins from ten games, and talisman Robert Lewandowski scored a sensational hattrick to overcome Latvia. Austria booked their place with an excellent campaign and finished on nineteen points.

Group H

It wasn’t the best of performances for the current World Champions, and they almost slipped to second behind a rampant Turkey side. The Turks took the runners-up place after a historic draw in France. They will be hoping UEFA doesn’t punish them for breaking ‘no politics in football’ rules.

Group I

Ten out of ten for Belgium as they took maximum points. Forty goals left the others without a hope of catching them. Russia took the second automatic spot, and their 4-0 win over Scotland was a joy to behold.

Group J

Italy followed Belgium’s lead and won all their matches, scoring three goals less with thirty-seven. They almost slipped to a draw, away at runners-up Finland, but managed to rescue the game with a late goal from Marco Verratti.

Euro 2020: Playoffs

Berth 1

Will be contested by Georgia, Belarus, North Macedonia, and Kosovo.

Berth 2

Will be contested by Norway, Serbia, Scotland, and Israel

Berth 3

Will be contested by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland

Berth 4

Will be contested by Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, and Romania

The Verdict

It’s been one of the best Euro qualifying competitions we can remember, and the new playoff format which will take place on the 26th and then the 31st March 2020, will give us some more excitement before the finals. Who will secure one of the last four places, and who will be on vacation next summer instead of at the finals? Tune into the matches next month to find out.