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UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A

Group A of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying is one of the ten groups to decide which teams will qualify for the UEFA Euro 2020 finals tournament.[1] Group A consists of five teams: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, Kosovo and Montenegro,[2] where they will play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format.[3]

The top two teams will qualify directly for the finals. Unlike previous editions, the participants of the play-offs will not be decided based on results from the qualifying group stage, but instead based on their performance in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League.

On 14 October 2019, during the Bulgaria v England match, there was racist behaviour from a group of Bulgarian fans. This included Nazi salutes, monkey chants and racist booing. The behaviour was widely condemned by the public and various groups, including the anti-racist football campaign Kick It Out. The next day, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov called for BFU president Borislav Mikhailov to resign following the racist incident. Mikhailov resigned a few hours later.[4]

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   England (X) 6 5 0 1 26 6 +20 15 Qualify for final tournament 5–0 5–3 14 Nov 4–0
2   Czech Republic 6 4 0 2 11 9 +2 12 2–1 14 Nov 3–0 2–1
3   Kosovo (X) 6 3 2 1 12 10 +2 11 17 Nov 2–1 2–0 1–1
4   Montenegro (E) 7 0 3 4 3 15 −12 3[a] 1–5 0–3 1–1 0–0
5   Bulgaria (Y) 7 0 3 4 5 17 −12 3[a] 0–6 17 Nov 2–3 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 14 October 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated; (X) Assured of at least play-offs; (Y) Cannot qualify directly, but may still advance to play-offs.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head away goals: Montenegro 1, Bulgaria 0.

MatchesEdit

The fixtures were released by UEFA the same day as the draw, which was held on 2 December 2018 in Dublin.[5][6] Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Bulgaria  1–1  Montenegro
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England  5–0  Czech Republic
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Kosovo  1–1  Bulgaria
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Montenegro  1–5  England
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Czech Republic  2–1  Bulgaria
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Attendance: 13,482[7]
Montenegro  1–1  Kosovo
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Bulgaria  2–3  Kosovo
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Czech Republic  3–0  Montenegro
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Kosovo  2–1  Czech Republic
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England  4–0  Bulgaria
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Attendance: 82,605[7]
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)

England  5–3  Kosovo
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Montenegro  0–3  Czech Republic
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Attendance: 5,951[7]

Czech Republic  2–1  England
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Attendance: 18,651[7]
Montenegro  0–0  Bulgaria
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Attendance: 2,743[7]

Bulgaria  0–6  England
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Kosovo  2–0  Montenegro
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Czech Republic  v  Kosovo
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England  v  Montenegro
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Bulgaria  v  Czech Republic
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Kosovo  v  England
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GoalscorersEdit

DisciplineEdit

A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[3]

  • Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
  • Receiving three yellow cards in three different matches, as well as after fifth and any subsequent yellow card (yellow card suspensions are carried forward to the play-offs, but not the finals or any other future international matches)

The following suspensions were (or will be) served during the qualifying matches:

Team Player Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
  England Jordan Henderson   vs Montenegro (25 March 2019)
  vs Czech Republic (11 October 2019)
  vs Bulgaria (14 October 2019)
vs Montenegro (14 November 2019)
Danny Rose   vs Montenegro (25 March 2019)
  vs Bulgaria (7 September 2019)
  vs Czech Republic (11 October 2019)
vs Bulgaria (14 October 2019)
  Kosovo Besar Halimi   vs Bulgaria (25 March 2019)
  vs Bulgaria (10 June 2019)
  vs England (10 September 2019)
vs Montenegro (14 October 2019)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches in March and November 2019, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. ^ Montenegro were sanctioned by UEFA to play one home match (against Kosovo on 7 June 2019) without spectators for racist behaviour in their home match against England.[8]
  3. ^ The Bulgaria v Czech Republic match will be played behind closed doors due to a UEFA punishment against Bulgaria for racist behaviour in their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying home match against England.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UEFA Euro 2020: Qualifying Draw Procedure" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ "UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw made in Dublin". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2018–20" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov calls for country's football chief to resign after racist abuse". CNN. 15 October 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  5. ^ "UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying schedule: all the fixtures". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  6. ^ "European Qualifiers 2018–20: Group stage fixture list" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Summary UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying – Group A". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Disciplinary - Inside UEFA – UEFA.com". UEFA.com. 26 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Bulgaria fans' racism: Racist abuse of England players leads to stadium ban". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 29 October 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2019.

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