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Spain make Euro 2020, Italy win eight in a row

  • Published at 04:56 am October 16th, 2019
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Spain's Juan Bernat in action with Sweden's Sebastian Larsson during their Euro qualifiers in Solna, Sweden Tuesday AFP

Spain became the sixth team to qualify for next summer's tournament thanks to Rodrigo, who came off the bench to score a dramatic injury-time leveller in a 1-1 draw in Stockholm, sparking wild celebration on the touchline

Rodrigo Moreno fired Spain into Euro 2020 with a last-gasp equalizer in Sweden while the Republic of Ireland's chance of reaching the finals are still in the balance after they fell 2-0 in Switzerland.

Spain became the sixth team to qualify for next summer's tournament thanks to Rodrigo, who came off the bench to score a dramatic injury-time leveller in a 1-1 draw in Stockholm, sparking wild celebration on the touchline.

Robert Moreno's side are top of Group F on 20 points after drawing their last two matches. 

They are five ahead of Sweden and six above Romania, who missed the chance to take second spot when Norway's Alexander Sorloth snatched a late 1-1 draw in Bucharest.

However it was a far from vintage display from Spain, who started brightly but faded as the match wore on against the lively host who were distraught after missing out on a famous victory right at the death.

A celebratory night was tempered slightly by the loss of goalkeeper David de Gea to a thigh injury in the second half, although that will worry his club Manchester United more ahead their meeting with Premier League leader Liverpool this weekend.

In Group D, Haris Seferovic's early strike and Shane Duffy's late own goal kept Switzerland's hope of automatic qualification alive with a 2-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland.

The win in Geneva means the Swiss are just a point behind group leader Ireland and Denmark with two matches remaining in their campaign, compared to just the one for the Irish, who host the Danes on November 18 needing a win to guarantee qualification.

The Swiss, who also have the better of the head-to-head record with the Irish as the two teams drew 1-1 in September, take on group minnows Georgia and Gibraltar in their final two games.

Finland inched closer to qualifying for their first ever European Championships after Teemu Pukki took his qualifying tally to seven in eight matches with a double that helped Finland sweep aside Armenia 3-0 in Turku.

Fredrik Jensen gave the Finns a 31th minute lead. 

Norwich City striker Pukki then scored just after the hour and got his second two minutes from the end with a neat dinked finish.

Markku Kanerva's side stay nine points behind Group J winner Italy, who maintained their 100% record with an eighth straight win, 5-0 against Liechtenstein. 

Finland need a win over rock-bottom Liechtenstein to qualify for their first major tournament after fourth-placed Bosnia and Herzegovina lost 2-1 in Greece with an 88th-minute own goal from Adnan Kovacevic.

Israel kept their hope of qualifying from Group G alive after seeing off Latvia 3-1 as Eran Zahavi scored his 11th goal of the qualifying campaign.

Andi Herzog's side are level on 11 points with North Macedonia and Slovenia and five behind second-place Austria, meaning they still have a chance with two games remaining.

RESULTS

Switzerland 2 (Seferovic 16, Duffy 90+3-og) Rep. Ireland 0

Gibraltar 2 (Casciaro 66, Chipolina 74) Georgia 3 (Kharaishvili 10, Kankava 21, Kvilitaia 84)

Sweden 1 (Berg 50) Spain 1 (Rodrigo 90+2)

Romania 1 (Mitrita 62)  Norway 1 (Sorloth 90+2)

Faroe Islands 1 (Baldvinsson 71) Malta 0

Israel 3 (Dabbur 16, 42, Zahavi 26) Latvia 1 (Kamess 40)

Finland 3 (Jensen 31, Pukki 61, 88) Armenia 0

Liechtenstein 0 Italy 5 (Bernardeschi 2, Belotti 70, 90+2, Romagnoli 77, El Shaarawy 82)

Greece 2 (Pavlidis 30, Kovacevic 88-og) Bosnia 1 (Gojak 35)