Under-21 EURO 2019: who's through, who can still qualify?

There are just two rounds of qualifiers remaining – how is next summer's U21 EURO shaping up?

France celebrate qualifying for the finals
France celebrate qualifying for the finals ©Getty Images

With just two rounds of games remaining, we take a look at how qualifying is shaping up for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Italy and San Marino.

QUALIFIED: Italy (hosts), Spain, France

Don't forget that next summer's tournament will be the second 12-team edition. The nine qualifying group winners automatically join co-hosts Italy at the finals, with the four best runners-up (i.e. the teams with the best records against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their group) advancing to the play-offs held over two legs from 12–20 November 2018. The winners of the two ties complete the finals line-up.

QUALIFYING STANDINGS

GROUP 1

Greece are three points clear with two games to play, meaning their meeting with second-placed Croatia in Pula on 12 October is likely to decide who takes top spot.

11/10: Belarus v Czech Republic
12/10: Croatia v Greece
15/10: San Marino v Croatia, Czech Republic v Moldova, Greece v Belarus

GROUP 2

Mikel Oyarzabal seals progress for Spain
Mikel Oyarzabal seals progress for Spain©Getty Images

Spain qualified with three games to spare but subsequently lost to Northern Ireland, who are one of three teams – along with Slovakia and Northern Ireland – who can still finish second.

11/10: Iceland v Northern Ireland, Albania v Spain
12/10: Slovakia v Estonia
16/10: Northern Ireland v Slovakia, Iceland v Spain, Estonia v Albania

GROUP 3

It's a straight tussle between Denmark and Poland for top spot. The Danes are one point ahead but their nearest challengers are still to travel to Aalborg.

12/10: Finland v Georgia, Denmark v Poland, Faroe Islands v Lithuania
16/10: Finland v Lithuania, Poland v Georgia, Denmark v Faroe Islands

GROUP 4

Six points clear of both Scotland and Ukraine, group leaders England are on the brink. Netherlands are also still in the runners-up mix.

11/10: England v Andorra
12/10: Latvia v Netherlands, Ukraine v Scotland
16/10: Scotland v England, Netherlands v Ukraine, Andorra v Latvia

GROUP 5

Germany are close to qualifying
Germany are close to qualifying©Getty Images

Holders Germany are closing in on ensuring they are present to defend their title. They are five points clear of Norway and the Republic of Ireland, but have both teams still to play.

11/10: Israel v Republic of Ireland
12/10: Germany v Norway
16/10: Israel v Kosovo, Norway v Azerbaijan, Germany v Republic of Ireland

GROUP 6

Advantage Belgium, but Kalmar on 16 October promises to be worth a watch. The group leaders travel there knowing a draw would suffice thanks to their three-point cushion; lose, though, and 2015 winners Sweden finish top on head-to-head; the teams drew 1-1 in Louvain last year.

12/10: Malta v Hungary
16/10: Hungary v Turkey, Malta v Cyprus, Sweden v Belgium

GROUP 7

Serbia are six points ahead of Austria having won all eight games, meaning a draw in either of their last two fixtures – or dropped points for their pursuers – would be enough. The top two meet in Novi Sad on 12 October, Serbia having prevailed 3-1 in last year's reverse fixture. Russia are two points behind Austria.

12/10: Russia v FYR Macedonia, Serbia v Austria
16/10: Austria v Russia, Serbia v Armenia, FYR Macedonia v Gibraltar

GROUP 8

Bosnia and Herzegovina are still in the hunt
Bosnia and Herzegovina are still in the hunt©Fedja Krvavac

Perhaps the tightest group of all; Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina are locked together on 18 points, though the latter have only one fixture left – that comes against Portugal, a further two points adrift. Romania are the only one of the three with their fate in their own hands.

11/10: Liechtenstein v Portugal
12/10: Romania v Wales
16/10: Wales v Switzerland, Portugal v Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania v Liechtenstein

GROUP 9

France have qualified with plenty to spare, while Slovenia and Bulgaria are the only teams who can still finish second.

12/10: Slovenia v Bulgaria, Montenegro v Luxembourg
16/10: Montenegro v Kazakhstan, France v Slovenia, Luxembourg v Bulgaria

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