See how the road to Georgia and Romania is unfolding following October's fixtures.
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Qualifying for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Georgia and Romania is in progress, with the groups running until June 2022 and followed by play-offs in September of the same year.
In all, 53 teams are competing for 14 places alongside co-hosts Georgia and Romania in June and July 2023. See how qualifying is unfolding.
- Qualifying fixtures/results
- The groups run until 14 June 2022.
- The nine group winners and the best runner-up (not counting results against sixth-placed teams) will qualify directly for the final tournament, joining Georgia and Romania.
- The other eight runners-up will play off for the remaining four finals berths in September 2022.
- Germany will hope to defend their title in Georgia and Romania after winning the first 16-team final tournament in Hungary and Slovenia in 2021.
- England are aiming to qualify for their ninth straight final tournament.
- Italy hope to add to their record of qualifying 13 times since a final tournament was introduced in 1994; they have lifted a joint-record five titles with Spain.
- Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, San Marino and Wales are seeking to join Georgia in appearing in their first final tournaments (though Albania and Bulgaria did reach the old pre-1994 eight-team two-legged knockout phase).
Group A: Croatia, Norway, Austria, Finland, Azerbaijan, Estonia
- Croatia beat the only other Group A side with a perfect record, Norway, 3-2 and then won 5-1 in Azerbaijan to move on to 12 points from four games. Norway's 3-0 win against Estonia kept them within three points of Croatia and level with Austria, who have played a game more and lost 3-1 on Tuesday in Finland, who are two further back.
Group B: Germany (holders), Israel, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, San Marino
- Champions Germany trailed twice at home to Israel before scoring two goals in the dying minutes to win 3-2 and end their visitors' perfect start, the holders then following up with a 5-1 success in Hungary for a fourth straight victory in the group. Israel's 2-1 win against Latvia keeps them three points off Germany and two ahead of Poland, 3-0 victors against San Marino following their 2-2 draw in Hungary.
Group C: Spain, Russia, Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Malta, Lithuania
- Spain had two late penalties to thank for a 3-2 comeback win against Slovakia, and then defeated Northern Ireland 3-0 for a fourth perfect victory. They are three points ahead of Russia, who overcame Northern Ireland and Lithuania in October. Slovakia are three further points back.
Group D: Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Belarus, Liechtenstein
- Portugal's October wins against Liechtenstein and Iceland moved them top with three wins out of three. Greece are a point behind having played a game more than both Portugal and Cyprus, who are one off second and unbeaten.
Group E: Switzerland, Netherlands, Moldova, Bulgaria, Wales, Gibraltar
- The Netherlands came back from two down to draw 2-2 with Switzerland, the first points dropped by either side. Switzerland, who have played a game more, lead thanks to their 1-0 win in Bulgaria while the Dutch beat Wales 5-0 to stay within three points of the Swiss. Moldova are level on points with the Netherlands but have played two matches more.
Group F: Sweden, Italy, Montenegro, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg
- A last-minute Tim Prica equaliser earned Sweden a 1-1 draw in Italy, whose perfect start was ended. Sweden are a point ahead but Italy have a game in hand, with both unbeaten. Montenegro edged the Republic of Ireland 2-1 to join their opponents on seven points, three behind Italy. Montenegro have played two games more, however.
Group G: Czech Republic, Albania, England, Slovenia, Kosovo, Andorra
- Czech Republic boast four wins out of four following away and home successes against Kosovo in October. Albania are within three points courtesy of their 2-0 win against Slovenia. England let a two-goal lead slip in drawing 2-2 away to Slovenia but prevailed 1-0 in Andorra to move within two points of Albania, with a game in hand on the top pair.
Group H: France, Ukraine, Faroe Islands, North Macedonia, Serbia, Armenia
- France were held 1-1 in the Faroe Islands in September but burst into life in October by defeating Ukraine 5-0 and winning 3-0 in Serbia to climb to the top of the pool. Ukraine are a point behind after a 1-0 victory against the Faroe Islands, who sit four off second along with North Macedonia, who leapt up from last place by beating Armenia.
Group I: Belgium, Denmark, Turkey, Scotland, Kazakhstan
- Belgium took control of the section with a 1-0 win against Denmark, who had not previously dropped a point. That was a fourth victory for Belgium, now six points clear of Denmark, who have a fixture in hand. Turkey are two further points back following victory in Kazakhstan.