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Euro 2024 Qualifying: Spain beat Norway to qualify; Scotland and Turkey also lock up spots

Norway’s Erling Haaland, proper, in motion in the course of the Euro 2024 group A qualifying match between Norway and Spain on the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. AP

Spain clinched their place at Euro 2024 on Sunday after a 1-0 win away to Norway, additionally sending Scotland via from Group A as Turkey joined the rising ranks of qualifiers.

Barcelona midfielder Gavi scored the one purpose early within the second half in Oslo, bouncing a shot into the nook to assist Spain qualify for subsequent yr’s finals in Germany with two video games to spare.

“We are very happy because the team has grown a lot and has a great future,” mentioned Spain coach Luis de la Fuente. “We have worked to get to this moment.”

They moved prime of Group A on purpose distinction, however the end result ensured Scotland punched their ticket to the event as properly, with Norway 5 factors adrift going into their final match subsequent month.

“When we qualified via the play-offs last time, we set ourselves a target of doing it automatically next time – so that’s the first mission accomplished,” mentioned Scotland captain Andy Robertson.

Norway haven’t certified for a serious competitors since Euro 2000, however a workforce that includes Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard nonetheless has hope of advancing to the play-offs.

Georgia thrashed Cyprus 4-0 within the different sport in that group.

Turkey capped off a momentous week by which they had been introduced as co-hosts of Euro 2032 with Italy, by turning on the model within the closing minutes to beat Latvia 4-0 and e book their place on the finals.

Yunus Akgun broke the impasse simply earlier than the hour and former Everton ahead Cenk Tosun grabbed two late targets both facet of a Kerem Akturkoglu strike to finish the victory for the Group D leaders.

“I am very happy that we confirmed (qualification) tonight with this win,” Turkey coach Vincenzo Montella informed UEFA.com.

“I am perhaps the happiest coach in the world right now. That’s why I’ll enjoy it first, and then we’ll continue our preparations immediately.”

Wilson revives Wales 

Turkey sit six factors away from Wales, who leapfrogged Croatia into second as Harry Wilson obtained each targets in a 2-1 victory over final yr’s World Cup semi-finalists in Cardiff.

Wilson outran the Croatia defence to loft within the opening purpose shortly after half-time after which glanced in a Dan James cross for the second.

Mario Pasalic decreased the deficit however Wales now have management of their very own future heading into the concluding rounds of qualifying video games in November.

Croatia discover themselves liable to lacking a serious event for the primary time for the reason that 2010 World Cup after back-to-back defeats.

Switzerland wanted two late targets at residence to Belarus to rescue a 3-3 draw however surrendered first place in Group I to Romania.

Xherdan Shaqiri curled the Swiss forward in St Gallen earlier than Belarus, crushed 5-0 by the identical opponents in March, levelled via Max Ebong.

Denis Polyakov nodded Belarus in entrance at a nook and the guests appeared heading in the right direction for a shock win when Dmitri Antilevski struck a 3rd within the 84th minute.

Manuel Akanji tapped in from a Shaqiri free-kick to spark the last-ditch comeback for the hosts as substitute Zeki Amdouni saved Switzerland’s blushes, scrambling in a Ninetieth-minute equaliser.

Romania eased to a 4-0 victory over Andorra to maneuver some extent clear, however the Swiss have a sport in hand after Thursday’s journey to Tel Aviv was postponed as a result of battle between Israel and Hamas.

Sunday’s match between Kosovo and Israel was additionally known as off due to the battle.

In Plzen, Tomas Soucek’s 76th-minute penalty earned the Czech Republic a slim 1-0 win over the Faroe Islands, bumping his workforce as much as second in Group E behind Albania.

Poland struggled within the absence of injured striker Robert Lewandowski and needed to come from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw towards Moldova in Warsaw.

The Poles are third within the part however have performed a sport greater than the highest two. They host the Czechs in a must-win sport on November 17.

Seven of the 24 slots have now been crammed. Germany certified mechanically as hosts whereas France, Portugal and Belgium all wrapped up their locations on Friday.



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