As Euro 2024 qualifiers is underway across Europe, with 53 teams engaging themselves to book their tickets for the Euro 2024 which is to be held in Germany, we witnessed some epic thrillers in the first-halve of the tournament.
The teams are divided into 10 groups, the top two nations from each group will directly qualify for the Euro 2024 finals. Germany having already qualified for the tournament, the rest three slots will be decided through play-offs, it will involve 12 teams depending upon their ranking and performance in the Nations League. Also read:Spain beat Croatia on Penalties to claim the UEFA Nations League.
After a thrilling first-halve of the tournament, the Euro 2024 qualifying groups are starting to take shapes and gave us a glimpse of how the tournament will shape up. The Euro 2024 qualifiers cycle started in March and will get over in November 2023, the play-offs for the remaining finals will take place on 21 and 26 March 2024.
England and Portugal has shown significant promise as both made it four straight wins in a row, Harry Kane continued scoring for England, while Bukayo Saka grabbed a hat-trick at Old Trafford, on the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo netted a 89th minute goal against 10 man Iceland in his record 200th international appearance for Portugal.
In group B, the newly named France captain Kylian Mbappe delivered for his national side again, he led his national side by scoring a brace in a 4-0 win over Netherlands, Mbappe also rescued the Les Bleus as he slotted a second penalty in his second attempt to edge visiting Greece 1-0, the 24 year PSG forward achieved another milestone on Monday, to become the all-time leading French scorer over a season with 54 goals for club and country, beating the mark set by Just Fontaine in 1957-58.
Scotland is currently leading group A with 12 points after four straight wins, the Scottish national team moved a step closer as they maintained their perfect record with a 2-0 win over Georgia in a rain-hit-match. On the other hand, Irfan kahvechi helped Turkey defeat Latvia 3-2 in a stoppage time thriller, the Turkish national side also claimed a 2-0 win against Wales to strengthen their position at the top of group D.
Czech Republic and Austria is leading group E and group F respectively, Austria and Belgium played a 1-1 draw at Brussels in a group F match, Michael Gregoritsch opened the scoring in the 21st minute for Austria before Romelu Lukaku scored the equaliser in the 61st minute for Belgium.
Bulgaria and Serbia played a 1-1 draw in a group G match, Darko Lazovic earned Serbia a point in 96th minute after Bulgarian national team took the lead in 47th minute through Kiril Despodov. While Hungary is at the top of group G, Serbia and Bulgaria sit at second and fourth respectively.
Northern Ireland find their hopes dented as they suffer a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Kazakhstan, a 88th-minute goal by substitute Abat Aimbetov was enough for Kazakhstan to claim the victory in a group H match, currently group H is led by Finland with 9 points. Switzerland failed to grab full points in a group I match against Romania, the Swiss national team was stopped by Romania on their course to fourth straight win, while Romania remain unbeaten Switzerland find themselves at the top of their group.
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