Analyzing the Progress of Groups A, D, E, and I in the Qualifiers Leading to the Eighth Round


Analyzing the Progress of Groups A, D, E, and I in the Qualifiers Leading to the Eighth Round

Norway and Spain are in a direct fight to qualify for Euro 2024 (Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images)

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The eighth and third-to-last round of the Euro 2024 qualifiers will begin this Sunday (15). Teams will enter the field at a crucial moment to find out whether they will be in the Old Continent national team tournament to be played from June 2024 in Germany. Of the 24 places, only four are guaranteed: Germany, Belgium, France and Portugal. Of these, 20 will be known for the Qualifiers and three for the repechage.

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The 53 teams affiliated with UEFA (Russia is banned for the invasion of Ukraine and remains away) were placed in ten groups. Keys A to G are made up of five teams, while H, I and J are made up of six. To guarantee direct qualification to the Euros, a team must finish in top or second place.

Understanding the repechage is a little more complex. The 12 places are initially distributed to the group winners in Leagues A, B and C of the 2022-23 Uefa Nations League. If any of these teams qualify directly, the place will be inherited by the best selection based on the ranking of each league. That’s why, although there are teams that fail to finish the Euro Qualifiers in the top two positions, they are not eliminated yet. However, they will have to wait for the end of the tournament to find out whether or not they will have a new chance.

Below, find out the situation of each team in groups A, D, E and I, which will take the field this Sunday (15), in relation to their chances of classification.

Group A

Games: Georgia x Cyprus at 10am, Norway x Spain at 3:45pm

Scotland (leader, 15 points) – guaranteed place in the repechage. He has a break in the round and will qualify if Norway stumbles;

Spain (vice-leader, 12 points) – guaranteed place in the repechage. Guarantees direct classification if you beat Norway;

Norway (third, 10 points) – needs to beat Spain to remain in contention for Euro qualification;

Georgia (fourth, 4 points) – guaranteed place in the repechage. They need to beat Cyprus and hope for a draw between Norway and Spain to continue with any chances of qualifying directly;

Cyprus (last place, no points) – no chance of direct classification, hoping to inherit a place in the repechage.

Group D

Games: Turkey x Latvia and Wales x Croatia (both at 3:45 pm)

Türkiye (leader, 13 points) – guaranteed place in the repechage. You can qualify directly in this round if you beat Latvia and Wales stumble, or if you draw and Wales are defeated by the Croatians;

Croatia (vice-leader, 10 points) – has a guaranteed place in the repechage and will decide direct classification only in the last rounds, to be played next October;

Armenia (third, 7 points) – rest in the round and the future will be decided in October;

Gales (fourth, 7 points) – will have no chance of qualifying directly if they lose to Croatia and Turkey scores against Latvia;

Latvia (fifth, 3 points) – with no chance of direct classification, hopes to inherit a place in the repechage.

Group E

Games: Czechia x Faroe Islands at 1pm and Poland x Moldova at 3:45pm

Albania (leader, 13 points) – rest in the round and will qualify in this round if Poland x Moldova ends in a draw and Czechia is defeated by the Faroe Islands;

Poland (vice-leader, 9 points) – situation will be defined on the next FIFA date, in October;

Czechia (third, 8 points) – situation will be defined on the next FIFA date, in October;

Moldova (fourth, 8 points) – situation will be defined on the next FIFA date, in October;

Faroe Islands (last, 1 point) – with no chance of direct classification, hope to inherit a place in the repechage.

Group I

Games: Switzerland x Belarus at 1pm, Romania x Andorra at 3:45pm (Israel x Kosovo postponed)

Switzerland (leader, 14 points) – situation will be defined on the next FIFA date and there is a postponed game against Israel;

Romania (vice-leader, 13 points) – situation will be defined on the next FIFA date;

Israel (third, 11 points) – is at least guaranteed a place in the play-offs, but will have the situation defined by UEFA after September games were postponed due to the conflict against Palestinians;

Kosovo (fourth, 7 points) – situation will be defined on the next FIFA date and there is a postponed game against Israel;

Belarus (fifth, 5 points) – needs to beat Switzerland to continue with a chance of obtaining a direct place;

Andorra (last, 2 points) – with no chance of direct classification, hope to inherit a place in the repechage.

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