Euro 2020 qualifiers
So far there are two teams that have qualified for Euro 2020, which are Italy and Belgium. These two teams will be very happy that they qualified already, especially Italy who missed out on the last World Cup. However, now that they are led by Roberto Mancini, they seem to be back to their best. They have won every single qualifier so far and have only conceded three goals in the process, scoring 20. Elsewhere in their group, the fight for second place is heating up as there are only two points separating three teams with three matches to play.
Spain were denied qualification in the 94th minute when Norway’s Josh king scored the equaliser which means Spain will have to wait a little longer. This gives Norway a slim hope of still qualifying as they are four points behind Sweden in second.
Denmark beat Switzerland courtesy of an 84th-minute goal from Poulsen, however, they needed heroics from their keeper Schmeichel in the 90th minute to preserve their lead. Ireland had a surprise draw with Georgia meaning that Denmark and Ireland are now level on points, with Switzerland four points behind them but with a game in hand.
Wales face Croatia at home today which is a must-win match for them. If they do not win this then their hopes of qualifying for the tournament are pretty much dead. Another British side that are holding on by a thread are Scotland. After losing their last four matches pretty compressively they cannot qualify automatically now and would need to win their next three matches to have any hope of qualifying as one of the third-placed teams.
Group C is another intriguing group as the top three teams, Netherlands, Germany and Northern Ireland are all level on 12 points, albeit Northern Ireland having played one more match. The Netherlands beat Northern Ireland on the 10th of October but needed two injury-time goals to win 3-1. The two teams face each other again in November which will probably be a crunch match.
England missed out on the chance to qualify for the competition by losing to the Czech Republic in quite a dismal performance. However, they should not be too worried as this was their first qualifying loss in 10 years and should go on to win their remaining three matches.