Italy has qualified on Saturday as the second country for next year's European Championships. 'La Squadra Azzurra' ensured participation via a 2-0 home win in Greece. Spain, due to a late penalty kick, did not place a ticket for Norway: 1-1.
After more than an hour of play from a penalty, Jorginho opened the score for Italy against Greece. Federico Bernardeschi doubled the margin twelve minutes before time.
Previously, only Belgium qualified for the European Championship, which is being held in twelve countries (including the Netherlands). 'The Red Devils' secured the ticket by scoring 9-0 against San Marino on Thursday.
Due to the victory, Italy with 21 points from seven games can no longer be traced by number three Armenia in group J. The difference with Armenia, which battled with a 1-1 draw at Liechtenstein, is eleven points.
With twelve points, Finland is the number two in this group. The Finns lost 4-1 to Bosnia and Herzegovina earlier on Saturday night. Izet Hajrovic, Miralem Pjanic (twice, including a penalty) and Armin Hodzic scored for the Bosnians, who are fourth with ten points.
Spain gives away a win in Norway
In group F, Spain took the lead in Norway just after the break. The team of coach Robert Moreno seemed on the way to the victory in Oslo, but deep in injury time the Norwegians got a penalty. It was used by Joshua King.
With a win, Spain would have been sure of participating in the European Championship. The 2010 world champion is five points ahead of number two in Sweden and six of number three in Romania. The two countries are still playing against each other in November.
Sweden recorded a simple win over Malta: 0-4. Sebastian Larsson found the Scandinavian goal twice and Marcus Danielsson and Andrei Agius (own goal) scored the other goals.
Earlier in the evening, Romania dealt with the necessary difficulty with the void Faroe Islands: 0-3. George Puscas, Alexandru Mitrita and Cladiu Keseru only scored in the last fifteen minutes. Ajax player Razvan Marin spent the entire match on the bench with the Romanians.
Denmark beats competitor Switzerland
Denmark did excellent business in Group D. The team of national coach Age Hareide won in Copenhagen in the final phase with 1-0 against direct competitor Switzerland. Yussuf Poulsen was crowned as a match winner by Christian Eriksen.
Ireland failed to make a good move to next year's European Championship earlier on Saturday. The Irish didn't get any further in Tbilisi than a disappointing scoreless draw against Georgia: 0-0.
Denmark is now leading with twelve points from six games, followed by Ireland (also twelve out of six) and Switzerland (eight out of five).