How teams in Group A booked their spot in the Euro 2020 finals

Group A consists of TurkeyItaly, Wales and Switzerland with their games set to be played in two Euro 2020 host cities. 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. The tournament’s opening game will see Joachim Low’s side host Turkey in Rome on 12 June.

Initially, Munich, Rome, St Petersburg and Baku will host quarter-finals as well as group-stage clashes, while Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Glasgow and Budapest are the other venues, staging group-stage and last-16 encounters.Here’s how teams in Group A booked their spot in the finals and everything you need to know before the EURO 2020 Group matches in Rome and Baku.

TEAMS:

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.

Italy (Group J winners)

Wearing the “Renaissance Kit”, a nod to the number of young players now in the rejuvenated national side, Roberto Mancini’s Italy have qualified for Euro 2020 with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Greece courtesy of Chelsea’s Jorginho Federico Bernardeschi last year. The only other occasion Italy wore green came in 1954 in a 2-0 win against Argentina at Rome’s StadioOlimpico.

Switzerland (Group D winners)

Vladimir Petković’s Switzerland qualified for Euro 2020 with an easy 6-1 win away to Gibraltar in their final Group D qualifying match. The Swiss, needed only a draw to qualify, topped the group with 17 points, one ahead of Denmark who also qualified. Cedric Itten put the Swiss ahead after 10 minutes before Ruben Vargas, Christian Fassnacht, Loris Benito, Itten and Granit Xhaka sealed the win.

Wales (Group E runners-up)

Needed a win to qualify for back-to-back Euros, Ryan Giggs’ Wales completed the team qualified for the Euro 2020 through the group games. They secured the 2-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium with two goals from Aaron Ramsey. This will be the second time Wales will be in a major tournament after they reached the semifinals in 2016 in their first major tournament in 58 years.

VENUES:

Stadio Olimpico, Rome (Italy)

Shared by Roma and Lazio, the Stadio Olimpico in Rome has undergone several renovations since officially opening in 1953. It has staged four European Cup finals, the 1960 Olympics and the finals of EURO 1968 and the 1990 World Cup, as well as various Italy matches. Currently the main and largest sports facility of Rome, this stadium previously hosted the 1980 final of the European Championship.

Olympic Stadium, Baku (Azerbaijan)

Baku is the capital city of Azerbaijan and they boast a 68,700-seat stadium called Baku Olympic Stadium. This six-storeystadium was the venue for the 2019 UEFA Europa League final, in which Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal. It is the home of the Azerbaijan national team. This 225,000-square-meter stadium on a 650,000-square-meter site is one of the youngest stadiums to be used in the tournament.

FIXTURES:

June 11: Turkey vs Italy (Rome)

June 12: Wales vs Switzerland (Baku)

June 16: Turkey vs Wales (Baku), Italy vs Switzerland (Rome)

June 20: Italy vs Wales (Rome), Switzerland vs Turkey (Baku)

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