European Qualifiers round-up: Italy qualify for Euro 2020, but Spain are held late on

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

Jorginho's penalty broke the deadlock in Rome
Image: 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

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
Image: 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

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

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

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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