Euro 2020 qualifying: Who needs what to reach the finals?

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Four nations have qualified for the Euro 2020 finals, leaving 20 more spots up for grabs in next summer’s multi-country tournament.

So who needs what? We look at the home nations and the Republic of Ireland’s hopes – plus see who can qualify from the other groups this month.

Who’s already qualified?
Belgium, Italy, Russia, Poland

England

Gareth Southgate’s England missed the chance to book their place at Euro 2020 after suffering a poor 2-1 defeat by the Czech Republic in Prague.

However, the Three Lions can progress on Monday if they beat Bulgaria and Kosovo fail to get three points against Montenegro.

The Czech Republic and Kosovo are also battling for a qualification spot, although neither side can secure their place or be eliminated this month.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland slipped out of the automatic qualification spots after an agonising 3-1 defeat against the Netherlands, who scored twice in injury time, on Thursday.

Michael O’Neill’s side host the Dutch and travel to Germany in their final two games next month.

Netherlands moved closer to qualification with a 2-1 win in Belarus on Sunday, with Germany following suit after a hard-fought 3-0 win in Estonia later that day.

The Dutch will clinch qualification if they draw against Northern Ireland in Belfast on 16 November, a result which would see Germany join them if they beat Belarus on the same day.

Germany will also go through if they draw and Northern Ireland lose.

If Northern Ireland’s hopes are not ended on that night, it would go down to their final match against Germany in Frankfurt on 19 November.

Wales

Wales‘ draws against Slovakia and Croatia mean they will be eliminated if they lose in Azerbaijan on 16 November.

World Cup finalists Croatia were made to wait for qualification by Gareth Bale’s equaliser in Cardiff, but will clinch their place with a draw at home to Slovakia on 16 November.

Scotland

Scotland’s hopes of finishing in the top two are over after a 4-0 thrashing in Russia on Thursday. However, the Scots are guaranteed a play-off place next March thanks to the Nations League.

Belgium became the first team to qualify for Euro 2020 by hammering San Marino 9-0, while Russia joined them with a 5-0 win in Cyprus on Sunday.

Republic of Ireland

After the Republic of Ireland battled to a goalless draw in Georgia on Saturday, they saw Denmark move level at the top of Group D with a late home win over Switzerland.

Mick McCarthy’s men will clinch a third straight appearance in the European Championship finals if they earn victory in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Who else can qualify?

Spain will reach Euro 2020 if they draw in Sweden on Tuesday, despite conceding an injury-time equaliser in Norway on Saturday.

Ukraine beat Lithuania 2-0 in Group B and need just a point against Portugal on Monday to reach Euro 2020. Andriy Shevchenko’s side will go through regardless if Serbia fail to beat Lithuania, while Portugal will also qualify if Serbia do not win and they beat Ukraine in Kiev.

France are second in Group H and will qualify with victory over leaders Turkey on Monday. A draw will also take the world champions through, depending on other results. The Turks, themselves, will qualify if they beat France and Iceland fail to beat Andorra. A draw would also be enough for Turkey if Andorra beat Iceland.



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