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Euro 2020 qualifying permutations explained



The race for Euro 2020 qualification is almost over, with 16 nations confirming their passage to the finals.

Four places remain up for grabs in the final round fixtures, which begin this afternoon.

Here is how the groups stand, and what each team needs to reach next summer’s tournament…

Group A

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 England (Q) 7 6 0 1 27 18
2 Czech Republic (Q) 7 5 0 2 3 15
3 Kosovo 7 3 2 2 1 11
4 Montenegro 8 0 3 5 -19 3
5 Bulgaria 7 0 3 4 -12 3
  • England have won the group, with the Czech Republic confirmed in second. Kosovo will go into the play-offs as a Nations League D group winner, as will Bulgaria due to the League C rankings – though they could yet move into a higher tier.

Group B

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Ukraine (Q) 7 6 1 0 13 19
2 Portugal 7 4 2 1 14 14
3 Serbia 7 4 1 2 0 13
4 Luxembourg 7 1 1 5 -7 4
5 Lithuania 8 0 1 7 -20 1
  • Serbia and Portugal will battle for the second qualifying place – Serbia host confirmed group winners Ukraine on Sunday afternoon, with Portugal away at Luxembourg. There is a play-off safety net for whichever team misses out.

Group C

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Germany (Q) 7 6 0 1 18 18
2 Netherlands (Q) 7 5 1 1 12 16
3 Northern Ireland 7 4 1 2 1 13
4 Belarus 8 1 1 6 -12 4
5 Estonia 7 0 1 6 -19 1
  • Holland’s head-to-head advantage over Northern Ireland sees them qualify alongside Germany. Northern Ireland and Belarus will enter the play-offs, but the former could yet move up to a higher tier depending on results in groups D and E.

Group D

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Denmark 7 4 3 0 17 15
2 Switzerland 7 4 2 1 8 14
3 Republic of Ireland 7 3 3 1 2 12
4 Georgia 8 2 2 4 -4 8
5 Gibraltar 7 0 0 7 -23 0
  • The Republic of Ireland need to beat Denmark on Monday to beat them to a qualifying spot. The only way both teams could qualify is in the unlikely event Switzerland lose to Gibraltar. Again, the odd team out will go forward to the play-offs along with Georgia.

Group E

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Croatia (Q) 8 5 2 1 10 17
2 Hungary 7 4 0 3 -1 12
3 Wales 7 3 2 2 2 11
4 Slovakia 7 3 1 3 0 10
5 Azerbaijan 7 0 1 6 -11 1

  • Croatia have qualified, with Wales needing to beat Hungary to pip them to second place. The loser has a play-off safety net and Slovakia will also be involved at that stage.

Group F

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Spain (Q) 9 7 2 0 21 23
2 Sweden (Q) 9 5 3 1 11 18
3 Romania 9 4 2 3 7 14
4 Norway 9 3 5 1 7 14
5 Faroe Islands 9 1 0 8 -23 3
6 Malta 9 1 0 8 -23 3
  • Spain top the group and Sweden have qualified, with Romania and Norway heading to the play-offs.

Group G

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Poland (Q) 9 7 1 1 12 22
2 Austria (Q) 9 6 1 2 11 19
3 Slovenia 9 4 2 3 6 14
4 North Macedonia 9 3 2 4 -2 11
5 Israel 9 3 2 4 -1 11
6 Latvia 9 0 0 9 -26 0

  • Poland, with head-to-head advantage over fellow qualifiers Austria, are confirmed as group winners. North Macedonia and Israel are in the play-offs.

Group H

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 France (Q) 9 7 1 1 17 22
2 Turkey (Q) 9 6 2 1 13 20
3 Iceland 9 5 1 3 2 16
4 Albania 9 4 1 4 4 13
5 Andorra 9 1 1 7 -15 4
6 Moldova 9 1 0 8 -21 3
  • France and Turkey have qualified. Iceland will be in the play-offs despite finishing the Nations League as League A’s lowest-ranked team – nine of the 11 above them have already qualified automatically, with Switzerland and Portugal likely to follow.

Group I

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Belgium (Q) 9 9 0 0 32 27
2 Russia (Q) 9 7 0 2 20 21
3 Scotland 9 4 0 5 -5 12
4 Cyprus 9 3 1 5 0 10
5 Kazakhstan 9 3 1 5 -2 10
6 San Marino 9 0 0 9 -45 0
  • Belgium win the group, Russia have also qualified and Scotland will host a League C play-off tie.

Group J

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Italy (Q) 9 9 0 0 25 27
2 Finland (Q) 9 6 0 3 7 18
3 Greece 9 3 2 4 -3 11
4 Armenia 9 3 1 5 -3 10
5 Bosnia and
Herzegovina
9 3 1 5 0 10
6 Liechtenstein 9 0 2 7 -26 2

  • Italy, as group winners, and Finland have qualified. Bosnia and Herzegovina will head to the play-offs.

Euro 2020 play-offs as they stand

The 16 teams who won their Uefa Nations League groups are guaranteed a Euro 2020 play-off spot if they fail to qualify directly, with each League forming a separate play-off path. As such, the play-off teams will be confirmed once the group-stage qualifiers are complete.

  • Path A: Iceland, Bulgaria/Israel/Romania*, Wales/Slovakia/Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland**
  • Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Wales/Slovakia/Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland**
  • Path C: Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Bulgaria/Israel/Romania*
  • Path D: Georgia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus

*A draw would decide which of Bulgaria, Israel or Romania would fill the empty slot in Path C, and which two would go into Path A.

**A draw would decide which three of Wales, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland would join Bosnia & Herzegovina in Path B, and which one would go into Path A.

Euro 2020 qualifying groups correct as of November 17, 2019.

Additional reporting by PA.


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