The Euro Cup qualifiers reach the final round, and three groups will have definitions of classifieds this Monday (20). If four of the 10 teams have already played all their games, the National Black Awareness Day holiday in Brazil still holds a lot of excitement.
There are six teams competing for three places in groups C, E and H. With direct confrontations, combinations of results and surprising candidates to qualify for the competition that will have Germany as the host country.
After Monday (20) there will only be disputes for places in groups B and D, while group I, with Romania and Switzerland already classified, will only define who will be the leader.
Champion, Italy faces Ukraine to secure a place in the European Championship
The most exciting game of the day starts at 4:45 pm (Brasília time), in Leverkusen, Germany, but involves Ukraine and current European champion Italy. Unable to host their games on their territory due to the confrontation with Russia, the Ukrainians welcome the Italians to a neutral venue.
In the first game, Italy beat Ukraine 2-1, with two goals from Frattesi, in one of the most incredible matches of the European Championship qualifiers. After exorcising the trauma of North Macedonia, which took them out of the 2022 World Cup in the play-offs, Luciano Spalletti’s men are at an advantage to qualify for Euro-2024.
Whoever wins returns to the country classified for the 2024 Euro Cup. A draw favors the Azzurri, who despite the same 13 points, are ahead of Ukraine on goal difference — 7 to 3. In the other game of the round, the already classified and leader England faces eliminated North Macedonia.
Czechia and Moldova compete for a place in the Euros in a surprising group
If Brazilian coach Sylvinho’s Albania surprised everyone and secured its classification with the very likely leadership, group E of the Euro 2024 Qualifiers remains one of the most open.
Favorites, Poland have already played all eight of their games and scored just 11 points. Robert Lewandowski’s team no longer has a chance of qualifying and could end up in bitter fourth place in the group. This is because Czechia, vice-leader with 12 points, hosts Moldova, in fourth place with 10, also at 4:45 pm (Brasília time) in Andruv.
Czechia depends on just a draw to guarantee their qualification. If they win, they could even pass Albania as long as the Albanians lose at home to… the Faroe Islands, who haven’t won a single game so far. Moldova, on the other hand, needs to win away from home. If it happens, the group will have the most surprising result of all the last Euro Cup qualifiers.
Slovenia and Kazakhstan face each other for a place in the European Championship
The other group to have places defined this Monday (20) is H, which already has Denmark guaranteed in the Euro Cup in 2024. The group will have a direct confrontation for classification in the Qualifiers.
At 4:45 pm (Brasília time), at the Stozice Arena, in the capital Ljubljana, favorite Slovenia hosts the surprising Kazakhstan. The Slovenians have 19 points against 18 for the Kazakhs, and depend only on a draw to go to Germany in 2024.
Previously affiliated with the Asian Football Confederation, which only changed in 2002, after the World Cup qualifiers in Japan and South Korea, Kazakhstan has never qualified for a European Championship. The biggest chance will be tomorrow. If Slovenia beats, the former Soviet republic will be guaranteed the 2024 Euro Cup, which would be the first in its history.
On Tuesday, two other groups decide on a place in the European Championship
Groups B and D will have their final definitions on Tuesday (21), also at 4:45 pm (Brasília time).
In group B, already classified France plays against Greece away from home. The Greeks, champions in 2004, need to win and count on an unfeasible defeat by the Netherlands, who face Gibraltar in Almancil, in the Algarve, in Portugal.
Group D, on the other hand, is more open. Leader Turkey, with 16 points, is guaranteed, and visits Cardiff to face Wales, who has 11. Second-place Croatia takes on eliminated Armenia, and only needs a draw to qualify for the Euro Cup in 2024.