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

Holders Germany, Spain, England, Serbia, France and Croatia have qualified with hosts Italy: who can join them?

Germany will defend their title next June
Germany will defend their title next June ©Getty Images

With the groups ending on Monday and Tuesday, 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, England, Germany (holders), Serbia, France, Croatia

Can still win group: Denmark/Poland, Belgium/Sweden, Romania/Portugal


Can reach play-offs only: Slovakia/Northern Ireland, Ukraine, Russia/Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia



Croatia sealed top spot on Monday, a 4-0 win against San Marino meaning they edged out second-placed Greece on head-to-head record. Greece advance to November's play-offs.

Qualified: Croatia
In play-offs
: Greece


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 then beat (and eliminated) Iceland on Thursday to go second; Slovakia reclaimed the runners-up spot by defeating Estonia on Friday. Northern Ireland therefore must win in Belfast on Tuesday to come second, though victory is just as crucial for Slovakia's play-off ambitions.

Qualified: Spain
Can reach play-offs: Northern Ireland, Slovakia
Key Tuesday game
: Northern Ireland v Slovakia


Denmark drew 1-1 with Poland on Friday to stay a point clear of their opponents. Victory against the Faroe Islands in Aalborg on Tuesday will take the Danes to the finals.

Can win group: Denmark, Poland
Key Tuesday games
: Poland v Georgia, Denmark v Faroe Islands


England's 7-0 thrashing of Andorra on Thursday booked them a record-breaking seventh straight U21 EURO. On Friday, Ukraine saw off Scotland 3-1 to end the visitors' hopes and earn second place, yet they need a midweek win for any hope of the play-offs. The Netherlands are two points behind Ukraine but cannot reach the play-offs even if they beat their guests on Tuesday.

Qualified: England
Can reach play-offs: Ukraine
Key Tuesday game
: Netherlands v Ukraine


Watch how Germany won the 2017 U21 title
Watch how Germany won the 2017 U21 title

Holders Germany edged Norway 2-1 on Friday to clinch their finals place. Norway require victory against Azerbaijan on Tuesday to seal second, though neither they nor the two teams that can overtake them – Republic of Ireland and Kosovo – can get to the play-offs.

Qualified: Germany


It is advantage Belgium, but their trip to Kalmar in Sweden on Tuesday promises to be worth a watch. The Belgian group leaders travel there knowing a draw will suffice thanks to their three-point cushion; lose, though, and 2015 winners Sweden would finish top on head-to-head. The teams drew 1-1 in Belgium last year.

Can win group: Belgium, Sweden
Key T
uesday game: Sweden v Belgium


Serbia's 0-0 draw with Austria on Friday may have witnessed their first dropped points in the group, but it also secured them top spot and a finals berth. Russia ousted FYR Macedonia to move level on points with Austria in second. The Russians now need just a draw in Austria on Tuesday to rubber-stamp second, having won the home fixture.

Qualified: Serbia
Can reach play-offs: Russia, Austria
Key Tuesday game
: Austria v Russia


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

Portugal hammered Liechtenstein on Thursday to briefly go top, but a day later Romania overcame Wales and are now two points clear. A draw on Tuesday will be enough for Romania to qualify because of their head-to-head advantage over the Portuguese. Bosnia and Herzegovina are a point behind Portugal going into their Tuesday showdown.

Can win group: Romania, Portugal
Can reach play-offs: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Key Tuesday
games: Portugal v Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania v Liechtenstein


France, the only team left with a 100% record, qualified with plenty to spare. Slovenia drew 1-1 with Bulgaria on Friday to confirm second position, though they need to win in France on Tuesday to have any play-off possibility.

Qualified: France
Can reach play-offs: Slovenia
Key Tuesday
game: France v Slovenia