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:
Finland (Group J runners-up)
Finland have qualified for a major tournament for the first time in their history after the 3-0 victory over Liechtenstein in the qualifiers last year, finished as runners-up in Group behind Italy. Jasse Tuominen’s first-half strike and a Pukki double ended a run of 32 failed qualifying campaigns for either the World Cup or European Championship for the national team.
Sweden (Group F runners-up)
Sweden sealed a place in the Euro 2020 finals after goals from Marcus Berg and Robin Quaison secured them a 2-0 win over Romania. The game was stopped briefly by the referee following racist chants by Romanian fans.They finished second spot in Group F with 18 points behind Spain. Next summer will be the Swedes’ sixth successive appearance in the tournament.
Germany (Group C winners)
Toni Kroos struck twice as Germany qualified for the European Championship with a 4-0 win over Belarus. BorussiaMönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter opened the scoring for the hosts before Leon Goretzka doubled their lead to book their place in the tournament. Joachim Germany have qualified for the finals for a record 13th time in a row.
Netherlands (Group C runners-up)
Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands ended their self-inflicted exile from major tournament football, having failed to reach Euro 2016 or last year’s World Cup, when a 0-0 draw away to Northern Ireland secured a top-two finish in Group C. They needed just a draw to guarantee a spot at its first international tournament since coming third at the 2014 World Cup.
Croatia (Group E winners)
Croatia qualified for Euro 2020 after second-half goals from Nikola Vlasic, Bruno Petkovic and Ivan Perisic inspired a comeback 3-1 home win over Slovakia in a Group E qualifier last year. The 2018 World Cup finalists wrapped up their qualifying campaign on top of the Group E table, finishing 17 points from eight games as they completed their campaign.