And five! Ukraine became the fifth nation to qualify for the Euro-2020, dominating Portugal (2-1) in the playoffs. On the other hand, France held back by Turkey (1-1) and England, despite its stroll in Bulgaria (6-0), will have to wait.
. Group B: Ukraine qualified
The 700th goal in all competitions of Cristiano Ronaldo has not changed anything. Despite the reduction of the score of fivefold Ballon d'Or, it is the Ukraine coach and national glory Andriy Shevchenko who has validated his ticket to the Euro.
With 19 points, Ukraine is guaranteed to finish first in group B. Things are tougher for the Portuguese, second at eight lengths and remain under the threat of Serbia (3rd, 10 pts), winner in Lithuania (2 -1). The program is however light with Lithuania and Luxembourg in November for CR7 and his friends, who should be able to defend their title next summer.
. Group H: France braked
For six minutes, the world champions were virtually qualified. In the 76th minute, on a corner perfectly shot by Antoine Griezmann, the savior Olivier Giroud scored his 38th goal in blue, just moments after coming into play. Delivered at the Stade de France.
Short-term: on a free kick, Kaan Ayhan, also entered the game, replied another whim. Electric draw between two teams, co-leaders with 19 points, who could qualify if successful.
While Iceland (3rd, 15 pts) remains in ambush after leaving Andorra (2-0), the two remaining days will be decisive.
. Group A: inspired England
The Three Lions knocked Bulgaria out (6-0), confirming with their way leading (15 pts), three lengths ahead of the Czech Republic.
But the victory at the same time of Kosovo against Montenegro (2-0) deprived England of a qualification. Because with 11 points, the young selection Kosovar, UEFA member since 2016 only, still has the opportunity to go against the plans of the top two in this group and to access for the first time in a final phase of a great competition.
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