Holders Germany, Spain, England, Serbia, France and Croatia have qualified with hosts Italy: who can join them?
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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
IN PLAY-OFFS: Greece
Can reach play-offs only: Slovakia/Northern Ireland, Ukraine, Russia/Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia
- The nine qualifying group winners automatically join co-hosts Italy at the finals from 16–30 June.
- The four best runners-up (i.e. teams with best records against sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their group) advance to play-offs.
- Play-off draw: 13:00CET, 19 October
- Play-off ties: two legs, 12-20 November
- Finals draw: 18:00CET on 23 November, Bologna
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.
In play-offs: Greece
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.
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.
Can reach play-offs: Ukraine
Key Tuesday game: Netherlands v Ukraine
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.
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 Tuesday 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.
Can reach play-offs: Russia, Austria
Key Tuesday game: Austria v Russia
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.
Can reach play-offs: Slovenia
Key Tuesday game: France v Slovenia