Friday draw confirms 2020 European Championships play-offs – Newcastle stars face each other
The draw for the 2020 European Championships play-offs has taken place on Friday morning.
Some matches were already scheduled but within the overly complicated process, others needed to be drawn this morning and those already scheduled ones could still have been changed.
This is now bringing to a conclusion a seemingly never ending qualification process that has entailed far too many matches and is ridiculously complicated.
The whole thing kicked off with the idea of having a pre-qualifying groups competition to help decide who would be in the eventual 2020 European Championships play-offs almost two years later.
The pointless Nations League which took place in 2018, before then the qualifying groups kicked off earlier this year (2019).
Tuesday night saw the end of the group matches, at last at a point where 20 of the summer 2020 European Championships qualifiers had been decided.
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
To bring it up to the final total of 24, there will be the 2020 European Championships play-offs.
Four groups will produce four winners/qualifiers after eight one-legged semi-finals on 26 March 2020 and four finals on 31 March 2020.
After today’s draw, these are the confirmed fixtures:
Winners of Bulgaria v Hungary to host the winners of Iceland v Romania
Winners of Bosnia-Herzegovina v Northern Ireland to host the winners of Slovakia v Republic of Ireland.
Winners of Norway v Serbia to host the winners of Scotland v Israel.
Winners of Georgia v Belarus to host the winners of North Macedonia v Kosovo
With Switzerland, Holland and Sweden having already qualified, it leaves the possibilities of Fabian Schar, Jetro Willems and Emil Krafth taking part.
Whilst Ciaran Clark is set to face Martin Dubravka, the winner of their match then playing away against Northern Ireland or Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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