Portugal completed their Euro 2024 qualifying marketing campaign with a 100-percent report by beating Iceland 2-0 on Sunday, after Serbia booked their place at subsequent yr’s finals in Germany and Romelu Lukaku scored 4 objectives for Belgium.
Bruno Fernandes and Ricardo Horta netted the objectives for Roberto Martinez’s Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo not on the scoresheet, to finish with 10 wins from 10 matches in Group J.
The 2016 winners will likely be among the many favourites for the title in what might be the 38-year-old Ronaldo’s final main event.
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Slovakia completed eight factors behind Portugal within the second qualifying place after a 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica.
Luxembourg, who will head into the play-offs, had been an extra 5 factors adrift after closing out a powerful group-stage exhibiting with a 1-0 success in Liechtenstein.
Earlier Sunday, Serbia certified for the primary time as an unbiased nation, after 4 earlier failures to get to the primary occasion, with a 2-2 draw towards Bulgaria.
The Serbs end second in Group G behind Hungary who snuffed out any hopes Montenegro had of progressing by beating them 3-1 in Budapest.
“The gamers confirmed a mentality of not giving up, believing in themselves,” stated Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic.
“It’s a giant day for Serbian soccer. Serbia is lastly on the European Championship.
“I congratulate my boys, who fought till the top and believed. We’re blissful and happy.”
Centre-back Milos Veljkovic put Serbia forward within the seventeenth minute earlier than substitute Georgi Rusev levelled for Bulgaria within the 59th.
Ten minutes later Kiril Despodov put the guests forward however Srdjan Babic equalised eight minutes from time to make sure Serbia would develop into the seventeenth crew to qualify for Euro 2024.
Montenegro wanted Serbia to lose to have any hope of taking their place in Germany but in addition wanted to win towards the Hungarians who’ve eased impressively by means of qualifying.
Slobodan Rubezic put Montenegro forward on 36 minutes however Hungary hit again i the second half with two objectives in three minutes from Liverpool midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai earlier than Zsolt Nagy rounded off the win in added time.
Lukaku on fireplace
Lukaku scored 4 objectives as Belgium completed with a 5-0 thrashing of Azerbaijan.
Roma striker Lukaku prolonged his report tally of worldwide objectives for Belgium to 83, with all of his objectives coming in a exceptional first half in Brussels.
He opened the scoring within the seventeenth minute by changing a Jeremy Doku cross, earlier than Eddy Israfilov was proven a second yellow card seven minutes later to go away the Azeris with a mountain to climb.
Lukaku fired residence shortly afterwards after which headed in Wout Faes’ supply to finish a hat-trick.
He rounded off his scoring spree of 4 objectives in 20 minutes earlier than being changed by Lois Openda at half-time.
The Belgians took their foot off the gasoline within the second interval however Leandro Trossard added a fifth within the ninetieth minute from one other Doku help.
Belgium completed prime of Group F, one level away from Austria, with each having wrapped up qualification with matches to spare.
Sweden ended a depressing marketing campaign, wherein they did not qualify for a European Championship for the primary time since 1996, with a 2-0 win over Estonia within the different recreation within the group.
Barcelona star Gavi limped off with a nasty knee damage in Spain’s 3-1 victory towards Georgia which secured prime spot in Group A above Scotland.
The 19-year-old was tackled from behind within the first half, buckling the knee that had his weight on it, earlier than leaving the pitch in tears.
“This can be a very powerful and really troublesome second,” stated Spain coach Luis de la Fuente.
“For the (Spanish soccer) federation, for me, for his pals. However above all for him and for his membership.
“We’re destroyed. Soccer is a danger sport and that is the ugly a part of our sport.”
Objectives from Robin Le Normand and Ferran Torres and a Luka Lochoshvili personal objective helped Spain previous a spirited Georgia, who drew stage at 1-1 early on by means of Napoli star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
Already-qualified Scotland wanted to beat Norway and hope for Spain to slide as much as snatch first place, however had been held to a dramatic 3-3 draw at Hampden Park.
Checklist of groups which have certified for Euro 2024: Germany (hosts), Austria, Belgium, England, France, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, Hungary, Slovakia, Albania, Denmark, Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland, Serbia
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