In March, UEFA announced that their largest European Championship men’s soccer tournament was postponed due to coronavirus pandemic. The most glorious 24-team tournament, which was being held across Europe to mark UEFA’s 60th anniversary, will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021. Here is a look back on how every Euro 2020 qualified teams clinched their spot in the tournament:
Turkey (Group H runners-up)
With two teams qualifying from Group H, leaders Turkey are four points ahead of third-placed Iceland with one match remaining after the stalemate in Istanbul, with France a point behind Turkey in second. Turkey wrapped up the qualifying stages ending nearly a decade of bitter disappointments by qualifying to the Euro 2020. They are said to be one of the dark horses in the competition next year.
France (Group H winners)
Following Turkey’s qualification in a goalless match against Iceland, Didier Deschamps’ France clinched their place in the tournament on top of the Group H table and without kicked a ball for a match to determine their spot. World champions are three points ahead of Iceland in third and qualify by virtue of having a superior head-to-head record.
Spain (Group F winners)
Luis Enrique’s Spain, who needed just a draw to qualify, had an injury-time goal from Rodrigo to draw 1-1 with Sweden in Stockholm and book their place at Euro 2020. Spain, who also won the competition in 1964 and the first nation to have won consecutive titles in 2008 and 2012, wrapped up their qualification on top of the Group F table in the expense of De Gea’s injury.
England (Group A winners)
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions celebrated their 1,000th game in style as they booked their place in Euro 2020, thrashingMontenegro 7-0 to top Group A. Captain Harry Kane moved to sixth in England’s list of leading scorers as a first-half hat-trick took his tally to 31, overhauling Frank Lampard, Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney.
Czech Republic (Group A runners-up)
Along with Group A winners England, Czech Republic joined them in qualifying for the Euro 2020 finals after winning against Kosovo 2-1. The Czechs, who halted England’s automatic qualification and have them faced their first defeat in a qualifying game in 10 years, fought back from behind to beat Kosovo 2-1 in Plzen and move four points clear of their third-placed opponents.