On Sunday, Spain secured their spot at Euro 2024 with a victory away against Norway by the score of 1-0. This result also sent Scotland and Turkey through from Group A, and Turkey joined the expanding ranks of qualifiers.
Gavi, a midfielder for Barcelona, scored the game’s lone goal early in the second half in Oslo by bouncing a shot into the corner. This goal helped Spain qualify for the finals that will be held in Germany the following year with two games to spare.
“We are very happy because the team has grown a lot and has a great future,” stated the coach of Spain, Luis de la Fuente. “We are looking forward to a bright future.” “We have worked to get to this moment.”
They moved up to first place in Group A due to a better goal differential, but the victory meant that Scotland would also qualify for the tournament, with Norway trailing by five points going into their last game a month from now.
“When we qualified via the play-offs last time, we set ourselves a target of doing it automatically next time – so that’s the first mission accomplished,” according to Scotland captain Andy Robertson.
Since Euro 2000, Norway has not been able to qualify for a major competition; nonetheless, a team including Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard still has a chance of qualifying to the play-offs.
In the other game in that group, Georgia defeated Cyprus 4-0. Cyprus was the opponent.
Turkey closed off a remarkable week in which they were confirmed as co-hosts of Euro 2032 alongside Italy by turning up the style in the closing minutes to beat Latvia 4-0 and clinch their place at the championships. In addition, Italy was also announced as a co-host of the tournament.
Yunus Akgun scored the game’s first goal shortly before the hour mark, and former Everton star Cenk Tosun scored two late goals, one on either side of a goal scored by Kerem Akturkoglu, to clinch the win for the team that is currently in first place in Group D.
“I am very happy that we confirmed (qualification) tonight with this win,” Turkey’s head coach Vincenzo Montella told UEFA.com after his team’s victory.
“Right now, I feel like I could be the happiest coach in the entire world. Because of this, I’m going to take some time to enjoy it, and then we’ll get right back to work on the preparations.
Wilson brings Wales back to life.
Harry Wilson scored both goals for Wales as they defeated Croatia 2-1 in Cardiff to move into second place behind Turkey. Croatia had been in second place after the previous year’s World Cup semi-finals. Turkey leads Wales by six points.
Wilson outran the Croatian defence and lofted in the opening goal just after the halftime break. For the second goal, Wilson flicked in a cross from Dan James.
Despite the fact that Mario Pasalic was able to cut the lead in half, Wales is now in charge of their own fate as we head into the final rounds of qualifying games in November.
As a result of their recent string of losses, Croatia is in danger of not qualifying for a major event for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Switzerland was forced to score two late goals against Belarus in order to salvage a 3-3 draw at home, but they were ultimately unable to prevent Romania from taking first place in Group I.
The Swiss took the lead at St. Gallen thanks to a curling effort from Xherdan Shaqiri, but Belarus responded with a goal from Max Ebong to draw level. Belarus had been defeated by the same opponents 5-0 back in March.
Denis Polyakov gave Belarus the lead with a header off of a corner kick, and Dmitri Antilevski scored a third goal for the guests in the 84th minute, giving them hope of pulling off an upset victory.
A late comeback for the home team was started by Manuel Akanji, who finished off a Shaqiri free-kick with a tap-in. Substitute Zeki Amdouni saved Switzerland’s blushes by scrambling in an equaliser in the final minute of play.
Because to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, Romania was able to cruise to a 4-0 victory over Andorra and pull ahead by one point. However, the Swiss still have a game in hand because their trip to Tel Aviv on Thursday had to be postponed.
Because of the ongoing war, Sunday’s match between Kosovo and Israel had to be postponed as well.
Tomas Soucek’s penalty kick in the 76th minute gave the Czech Republic a close 1-0 victory over the Faroe Islands in Plzen. This victory moved the Czech Republic up to second place in Group E, behind only Albania.
Poland suffered without their star striker Robert Lewandowski, who is now sidelined with an injury, and were forced to come from behind in order to salvage a 1-1 draw against Moldova in Warsaw.
The Poles are currently in third place in their group despite having played one extra game than the top two teams. On November 17, they have a must-win game at home against the Czechs.
Now seven of the available places out of the total of 24 have been taken. As the tournament hosts, Germany was given automatic qualification, while France, Portugal, and Belgium all secured their spots on Friday.