Luck Of The Draw Hands Ireland Favourable Euro 2020 Qualifying Group

Marcus Newton
December 2, 2018

The draw was incredibly favourable to Ireland who would have been drawn in Group C with Holland and Germany had it not been for a technicality which meant that three host nations can not be in the same group.

However, the computer intervened as a maximum of two Euro 2020 host nations are allowed in each group.

"It's brought energy. It's brought young, hungry players into the group that the supporters have connected with". For the first time in the competition's history, the tournament will be hosted by more than two countries to mark its 60th anniversary.

England manager Gareth Southgate believes his side should be confident regardless of who they draw in the Nations League semi-finals.

Germany's failure in the newest worldwide tournament, being relegated from a group including Netherlands and France, meant they dropped into the second seeds and they were once again paired with their fiercest rivals Netherlands. The final will be held at Wembley Stadium.

Ireland will be incredibly familiar with their opponents Denmark whom they played in both their World Cup qualifying group as well as their UEFA Nations League group, as well as the likes of Georgia and Gibraltar who they've previously come across on numerous occasions.

"I would say it's a group with three candidates for two places, and Portugal are one of them", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

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"Equally we're developing well as a team".

Azerbaijan were initially drawn in Ireland's group but as they are also a host nation - and Ireland and Denmark were already in the group - Gibraltar were drawn as an alternative.

Spain is using Bilbao in the group stage and last 16 at the 2020 tournament.

World champions France will begin their hunt to claim a second major global tournament in succession by facing Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra.

In qualifying, the 2008 and 2012 European champions are with Sweden, Norway, Romania, Malta and the Faeroe Islands.

The 24-team lineup will be completed in March 2020 when the last four places at the tournament are decided through a new playoff system. Ireland ended 2018 with relegation from the Nations League.

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