Italy qualify, Spain held late on

Italy beat Greece 2-0; last-gasp pen sees Norway hold Spain; Sweden hammer Malta

Last Updated: 12/10/19 10:35pm

Jorginho's penalty broke the deadlock in Rome
Jorginho’s penalty broke the deadlock in Rome

Italy qualified for Euro 2020 with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Greece, but Spain were held by a last-minute Josh King penalty for Norway.

Group F

Bournemouth and Norway striker Josh King scored a stoppage-time penalty to snatch a 1-1 draw at home to Spain in their European Qualifier on Saturday, ending Spain’s 100 per cent record in Group F.

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Highlights of the European Qualifying Group F match between Norway and Spain
Highlights of the European Qualifying Group F match between Norway and Spain

Saul Niguez had given Robert Moreno’s side the lead with a flash strike from outside the area early in the second half, but Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga gave away a penalty late on by clattering into captain Omar Elabdellaoui.

King, who had missed a clear chance to level a few moments earlier as the hosts piled on the pressure, sent Kepa the wrong way to level the game and give his side a fighting chance of qualifying.

Josh King celebrates his late penalty for Norway against Spain
Josh King celebrates his late penalty for Norway against Spain

Spain top the group with 19 points after seven games, Sweden are second on 14 after thrashing Malta 4-0 away and Romania are third on 13, having beaten the Faroe Islands 3-0 earlier on Saturday. Norway have 10 points.

Group F

Team Played Points
1. Spain 7 19
2. Sweden 7 14
3. Romania 7 13
4. Norway 7 10
5. Malta 7 3
6. Faroe Islands 7 0

Group D

Striker Yussuf Poulsen struck a dramatic winner six minutes from time as Denmark beat Switzerland 1-0 in Copenhagen in a European Qualifier on Saturday to join Ireland, who were held to a scoreless draw in Georgia earlier, at the top of Group D.

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Highlights of the European Qualifying Group D match between Denmark and Switzerland
Highlights of the European Qualifying Group D match between Denmark and Switzerland

The Irish and the Danes both have 12 points after playing six games while the Swiss, who have a game in hand over the top two, are third on eight points.

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Highlights of the European Qualifying Group D match between Georgia and Republic of Ireland
Highlights of the European Qualifying Group D match between Georgia and Republic of Ireland

Having barely managed a decent effort on goal, Denmark snatched all three points when Poulsen latched on to a sublime reverse pass from Christian Eriksen before going on a surging run and rifling home the ball to send the Parken Stadium into ecstasy.

Group D table

Team Played Points
1. Rep of Ireland 6 12
2. Denmark 6 12
3. Switzerland 5 8
4. Georgia 6 5
5. Gibraltar 5 0

Group J

Italy secured a place at Euro 2020 with three games to spare thanks to a 2-0 win over Greece at the Stadio Olimpico.

A second-half penalty from Chelsea midfielder Jorginho gave the hosts the lead before Federico Bernardeschi drilled in the winner 12 minutes from time.

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Highlights from Group J in the 2020 European Qualifying match between Italy and Greece
Highlights from Group J in the 2020 European Qualifying match between Italy and Greece

Roberto Mancini’s side have won all seven of their qualifying matches and top Group J on 21 points, having ended fifth-placed Greeces slim hopes of qualification.

Finland suffered a thumping 4-1 defeat away to Bosnia & Herzegovina but remain second on 12 points, two ahead of Bosnia and Armenia, who missed a golden opportunity to go joint second when they were held to a 1-1 draw away to rock-bottom Liechtenstein

Group J

Team Played Points
1. Italy 7 21
2. Finland 7 12
3. Armenia 7 10
4. Bosnia & Herzegovina 7 10
5. Greece 7 5
6. Liechtenstein 7 2

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