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What Iceland Has to Do to Qualify for European Championships

Chances for the Icelandic men’s national football team to qualify for the UEFA European Championships next year appear quite slim. In order to make it to the 2020 tournament, the team needs to win their upcoming matches against Turkey and Moldova, as well as see favourable outcomes from other matches in Group H.  The team lost 0-1 to France last Friday, however it won 2-0 against Andorra yesterday evening.

The Icelandic men’s national football team stands in third place in their group so far with 15 points overall. Turkey and France stand in first and second with 19 points each. Iceland would need to win both its upcoming matches to ensure qualification, which would additionally depend on Turkey losing its match against Andorra. Since Andorra has only won a single match in the qualifiers so far, that result is unlikely.

Icelandic football fans still have reason to hope, however, thanks to the UEFA Nations League, which offers Iceland a secondary route to qualify for the tournament.

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