2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 8

Group 8 of the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying competition consists of six teams: Denmark, Romania, Ukraine, Finland, Northern Ireland, and Malta. The composition of the nine groups in the qualifying group stage was decided by the draw held on 11 December 2018, 09:00 CET (UTC+1), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland,[1] with the teams seeded according to their coefficient ranking.

The group was originally scheduled to be played in home-and-away round-robin format between 6 September 2019 and 13 October 2020. Under the original format, the group winners and the best runners-up among all nine groups (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) would qualify directly for the final tournament, while the remaining eight runners-up would advance to the play-offs.[2]

On 17 March 2020, all matches were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] On 17 June 2020, UEFA announced that the qualifying group stage would be extended and end on 17 November 2020, while the play-offs, originally scheduled to be played in November 2020, would be cancelled. Instead, the group winners and the five best runners-up among all nine groups (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) would qualify for the final tournament.[4][5][6]

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Denmark 10 8 2 0 21 9 +12 26 Final tournament 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 5–1
2   Romania 10 6 2 2 22 7 +15 20 1–1 3–0 4–1 3–0 4–1
3   Ukraine 10 5 1 4 17 11 +6 16 2–3 1–0 0–2 3–0 4–0
4   Finland 10 4 1 5 14 15 −1 13 0–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 4–0
5   Northern Ireland 10 2 3 5 7 13 −6 9 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–3 0–0
6   Malta 10 0 1 9 4 30 −26 1 1–3 0–3 1–4 0–1 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

MatchesEdit

Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Ukraine  0–2  Finland
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Attendance: 3,779
Referee: Tihomir Pejin (Croatia)
Northern Ireland  0–0  Malta
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Attendance: 723
Referee: Ferenc Karakó (Hungary)

Ukraine  4–0  Malta
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Attendance: 3,038
Referee: Juxhin Xhaja (Albania)
Finland  1–1  Northern Ireland
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Attendance: 3,666
Referee: Julian Weinberger (Austria)
Denmark  2–1  Romania
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Attendance: 1,702
Referee: Erez Papir (Israel)

Finland  4–0  Malta
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Attendance: 1,320
Referee: Robert Ian Jenkins (Wales)
Denmark  2–1  Northern Ireland
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Attendance: 647
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
Romania  3–0  Ukraine
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Attendance: 5,563
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)

Finland  0–1  Denmark
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Attendance: 1,510
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovakia)
Romania  3–0  Northern Ireland
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Attendance: 4,067
Referee: Nejc Kajtazovic (Slovenia)

Romania  4–1  Finland
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Attendance: 2,325
Referee: Robert Hennessy (Republic of Ireland)

Ukraine  2–3  Denmark
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Attendance: 17321

Denmark  5–1  Malta
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Attendance: 1051
Referee: Luis Teixeira (Andorra)
Northern Ireland  0–0  Romania
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Attendance: 1641
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (Norway)

Malta  0–2  Northern Ireland
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Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referee: Michal Očenáš (Slovakia)
Denmark  1–1  Ukraine
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Finland  1–3  Romania
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Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (Greece)

Malta  0–3  Romania
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Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referee: Gergő Bogár (Hungary)
Northern Ireland  0–1  Denmark
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Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referee: Igor Pajac (Croatia)
Finland  0–2  Ukraine
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Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referee: Thorvaldur Árnason (Iceland)

Ukraine  1–0  Romania
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Attendance: 400
Referee: Furkat Atazhanov (Kazakhstan)
Malta  1–3  Denmark
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Aristotelis Diamantopoulos (Greece)
Northern Ireland  2–3  Finland
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Vitor Fernandes Ferreira (Portugal)

Denmark  2–1  Finland
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Attendance: 287
Referee: Besfort Kasumi (Kosovo)
Romania  4–1  Malta
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Visar Kastrati (Kosovo)
Northern Ireland  1–0  Ukraine
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Barbeno Luca (San Marino)

Malta  1–4  Ukraine
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Pavel Rejzek (Czech Republic)

Malta  0–1  Finland
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Nikola Popov (Bulgaria)
Ukraine  3–0  Northern Ireland
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Rauf Jabarov (Azerbaijan)
Romania  1–1  Denmark
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Attendance: 0
Referee: Goga Kikacheishvili (Georgia)

GoalscorersEdit

There have been 85 goals scored in 30 matches, for an average of 2.83 goals per match (as of 17 November 2020).

7 goals

5 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CEST (UTC+2) for dates between 31 March and 26 October 2019 and between 29 March and 24 October 2020, and CET (UTC+1) for all other dates.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all matches scheduled for September 2020 were played behind closed doors.[7][8]
  3. ^ a b c d All matches originally scheduled to be played in March 2020 were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.[3] These matches were subsequently rescheduled to be played in November 2020.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2020/21 Under-21 qualifying draw". UEFA.com.
  2. ^ "2019-21 UEFA European Under-21 Championship regulations" (PDF). UEFA.
  3. ^ a b "COVID-19: latest updates on UEFA competitions". UEFA.com. 17 March 2020.
  4. ^ "UEFA competitions to resume in August". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Updated UEFA competitions calendar". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Under-21 EURO: New format and schedule announced". UEFA.com. 17 June 2020.
  7. ^ "UEFA meets general secretaries of member associations". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 19 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  8. ^ "UEFA Super Cup to test partial return of spectators". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.

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