England does not have the EM ticket yet. France and Portugal have the best prospects after winning the race. The upcoming qualifying matches become a math problem.
Berlin (AP) – The English footballers have given the first chance, France and Portugal mastered the compulsory tasks on the road to EM 2020, more or less successfully.
The British lost 1: 1 (1: 1) in Prague to the Czech Republic on Friday night, failing to qualify for the pan-European finals prematurely as Belgium's second nation. "We were not good enough," coach Gareth Southgate quarreled over the first three Lions defeat in World Cup or European Championship qualifiers for ten years and 43 games.
Despite the defeat, the World Cup semi-finalist leads the Group A with twelve points in front of the tied Czechs, but have completed a game more. If the English win on Monday (20.45) in Bulgaria and pursuers Kosovo (8) wins at the same time not against Montenegro, England would have the EM ticket for the finals sure in the London Wembley Stadium held seven games including the semi-finals and the final become.
World Champion France struggled on Friday evening for a 1-0 (1-0) in Reykjavik against pursuers Iceland. Bayern record shopping Lucas Hernández, to whose health condition arose between the French federation and the German record champions Munich, sat over the entire playing time on the bank.
"We had to win here, that was not easy," said Didier Deschamps, coach of the Equipe Tricolore. "It was all about commitment and that's what we lived in. That was a good win for Monday." Then the French play in group H in Paris against Turkey, which is currently tied with 18 points ahead of the world champion at the top of the table after a 1-0 (0-0) against Albania. Both would certainly win the European Championship ticket – depending on the other games, they could also allow themselves a defeat.
In Group B, European champions Portugal are hoping for early qualifying on Monday at league leaders Ukraine, who would draw after a 2-0 (1-0) win over Lithuania. If Serbia loses in Lithuania at the same time, they are both independent of their own top game. Defending champions Portugal won 3-0 (1-0) against outsiders Luxembourg on Friday. Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the interim 2-0 and celebrated the 699th goal of his career. Will the historical number 700 follow on Monday?
European Championship Qualifying