UEFA admits the Champions League and the Europa League cancellation06 April 2020 / Rui Sousa
UEFA admits to cancel both tournaments if it is not possible to finish until August 3.
The current world champion, France, along with England, Turkey and the Czech Republic, were the four teams that achieved the qualification for the EURO 2020 this Thursday, so along with other favorites such as Spain, Italy or Belgium, who had already assured their ticket, there are already 10 countries that have confirmed their presence in the continental tournament next summer. Portugal is another team that with its victory last night is one step away from qualification, while Denmark, Switzerland, Finland and Sweden could seal their pass this Friday.
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England arrived to matchday 9 with the need to add just one point against Montenegro in Wembley to certify their qualification for the EURO, and Gareth Southgate’s men certainly gave no option to their rival and ran over them with a 7-0 win. Harry Kane was the undisputed star of the night in London, scoring a hat-trick in just 18 minutes that places him with 11 goals in seven games as the top scorer of the qualifying phase for the EURO with the Israeli Eran Zahavi. Tottenham’s striker is already the sixth top historical scorer for England with 31 goals in 44 games and is approaching step by step to the 53 of Wayne Ronney, who leads the scoring chart of the ‘Three Lions’. The end of the game also left the first international goal for Tammy Abraham, one of the Premier League top scorers who also begins to leave his mark on the international level.
Thus, England is qualified as the leader of Group A, while the Czech Republic will also be in the EURO after beating Kosovo 2-1 in Pilsen. The Kosovars still had qualifying options in the group before this matchday, and their illusions skyrocketed when Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu scored the 0-1 at the beginning of the second half, but Alex Kral and Ondrej Celustka turned the scoreboard in the last 20 minutes to give the Czechs the points they needed to certify their presence in next year's tournament. The visiting team will still have a new opportunity in the playoffs thanks to their efforts in the Nations League.
Group H also defined its two qualified teams on Thursday, when Turkey was the first to jump into the field in Istanbul to face Iceland. The Turks needed a draw to get into the EURO, and that was exactly what they got in front of their fans. Iceland tried by all means, but in the end they had to settle with a goalless draw that made the local team go through and that also qualified France. Senol Gunes’ team will be in their second consecutive European Championship, a milestone they had only achieved by repeating participation in England 1996 and Belgium and Holland 2000, while the Icelandic team couldn’t repeat what they did in the last EURO in France, but they still have options to get it through the playoff.
In this way France jumped to a crowded Stade de France with the qualification in their pocket, although this did not give them peace of mind and they had to suffered until the end to beat Moldova. The visitors barely had three points so far in the qualifiers, but still took advantage of a serious mistake by Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet to get ahead on the scoreboard through Vadim Rata in minute 9. The World Champions reacted in the first half and tied the game with Raphael Varane’s header, although it wasn’t until the 79th minute when Olivier Giroud managed to score the 2-1 with a penalty to secure the three points for ‘Les Bleus’.
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