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Thursday highlights: four more finalists confirmed

England, France, Turkey and the Czech Republic have made it through, but Portugal are still waiting despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick.

Turkey celebrate confirming their place at UEFA EURO 2020
Turkey celebrate confirming their place at UEFA EURO 2020 Getty Images

Group A

England 7-0 Montenegro
Harry Kane scored a first-half hat-trick as England cruised to the finals. Ben Chilwell set up the first three goals, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain breaking the deadlock before two Kane headers. Marcus Rashford then struck and Kane completed his treble to make it 5-0 at the break. Aleksandar Šofranac’s own goal and Tammy Abraham’s first England strike added further gloss.

Highlights: England 7-0 Montenegro
Highlights: England 7-0 Montenegro

Czech Republic 2-1 Kosovo

Czech Republic sealed their place at UEFA EURO 2020 with another comeback win. Alex Král’s stunning effort and Ondřej Čelůstka’s close-range finish secured qualification for Jaroslav Šilhavý’s men, who also hit the woodwork twice in the second period. Atdhe Nuhiu’s header just after the interval had threatened a shock in Plzen.

Highlights: Czech Republic 2-1 Kosovo
Highlights: Czech Republic 2-1 Kosovo

Group B

Portugal 6-0 Lithuania

Qualification is still not absolutely certain for the European champions despite a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick that took him on to 98 international goals. A penalty and a fine second set him on his way, and he completed his treble with Portugal’s sixth, Pizzi, Gonçalo Paciência and the excellent Bernardo Silva having scored numbers four, five and six.

Highlights: Portugal 6-0 Lithuania
Highlights: Portugal 6-0 Lithuania

Serbia 3-2 Luxembourg 
Serbia’s finals dream is still alive, but they need to win on Sunday and hope that Portugal drop points. Aleksandar Mitrović registered with a header and a dipping long-range finish in the first half, but Luxembourg kept battling. Gelson Rodrigues’ struck back, and though Nemanja Radonjić restored the hosts’ lead, David Turpel’s header kept tension levels up.

Group H

Turkey 0-0 Iceland
Iceland made Turkey sweat for their UEFA EURO 2020 place; after soaking up pressure for 70 minutes, the visitors pressed hard for the win they needed to stay in contention, but Merih Demiral kept out Hördur Magnússon’s header on the line, and Umut Meraş blocked a Victor Pálsson shot in the final moments.

Highlights: Turkey 0-0 Iceland
Highlights: Turkey 0-0 Iceland

France 2-1 Moldova

The visitors went ahead with nine minutes on the clock when Clément Lenglet’s scruffy defending gifted Vadim Raţă the opportunity to slot in. Raphaël Varane levelled for Les Bleus as the hosts piled pressure on the deep-lying visiting defence, which eventually buckled, conceding a penalty late on which was clinically converted by Oliver Giroud.

Albania 2-2 Andorra
Two Cristian Martínez finishes gave Albania a mighty scare after Bekim Balaj had headed the home side in front but Rey Manaj’s tidy effort on the turn warded off humiliation for the side that reached UEFA EURO 2016. Andorra can take pride in their first goals in eight away games, and their fourth point of the campaign.