Hungary, Slovakia, Scotland and North Macedonia have taken the remaining areas at UEFA EURO 2020 after successful Thursday’s 4 play-off finals.
Path A: Hungary 2-1 Iceland
A unprecedented late comeback took Hungary to their second successive EURO. After Gylfi Sigurdsson’s early free-kick for Iceland, substitute Loïc Négo slotted in an 88th-minute equaliser earlier than Dominik Szoboszlai, on the night time he had known as crucial of his profession, scored an excellent winner in added time.
Key stat: Hungary have solely failed to attain in one in all their final 15 house matches.
Path B: Northern Ireland 1-2 Slovakia
Slovakia additionally certified for his or her second successive finals courtesy of Michal Ďuriš’ extra-time winner. Juraj Kucka side-footed the guests in entrance after pouncing on a free ball in midfield however Milan Škriniar turned Paddy McNair’s cross into his personal internet late in regular time. Northern Eire’s pleasure was short-lived, although, because of Ďuriš’ A hundred and tenth-minute drive.
Key stat: Northern Eire have misplaced their final three house matches, their worst run since 2011/12.
Path C: Serbia 1-1 Scotland (pens: 4-5)
Scotland seemed to have gained in Belgrade after Ryan Christie’s second-half objective however a Luka Jović header within the ninetieth minute compelled further time, throughout which the house aspect had the very best probabilities however couldn’t rating. That meant penalties, with the primary 9 kicks all scored earlier than David Marshall saved from Serbia’s talisman Aleksandar Mitrović.
Key stat: Scotland qualify for the primary time since EURO ’96 and it is going to be their first finals for the reason that 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Path D: Georgia 0-1 North Macedonia
Goran Pandev scored the one objective to take his nation to their first ever main finals. The striker put the crowning glory to a beautiful transfer early within the second half to win a sport of few probabilities in Tbilisi. The veteran had been denied by Giorgi Loria within the first half, whereas Tornike Okriashvili’s first-half shot simply large was as shut because the hosts got here.
Key stat: Pandev’s 36 worldwide targets is 20 greater than his nation’s subsequent highest goalscorer, Georgji Hristov.
Are the play-offs new?
There have been play-offs for 5 of the final six EUROs, beginning with a one-off match between the Netherlands and the Republic of Eire at Anfield for EURO ’96. The UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs had a really completely different format, although. For the primary time, groups needed to come by way of multiple spherical and, not like all earlier editions, sides certified to take part by way of the UEFA Nations League relatively than the European Qualifiers.
How do the play-offs work?
The 16 UEFA Nations League group winners have been assured play-off locations earlier than the European Qualifiers. In the event that they superior by way of their qualifying teams, their spot went to the following best-ranked workforce of their league. The place a league didn’t have 4 groups to compete (comparable to League A), remaining slots have been allotted to sides from one other league, in keeping with the overall UEFA Nations League rankings.