UEFA Nations League group stage concludes


By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) – UEFA Nations League group stage matches concluded Tuesday night.

In their last match, Sweden defeated Russia 2-0 in League B and was promoted to League A.

In the same group in League B, Turkey was defeated by Sweden and relegated to League C in UEFA Nations League on Saturday.

Following these results, Turkey ranked third and last in League B, Group 2 with 3 points. Sweden led the group with 7 points while Russia is the second team with same points.

– Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Denmark promoted to League A

Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Denmark promoted to League A while Germany, Iceland, Poland and Croatia relegated to League B.

England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the host Portugal qualified for the UEFA Nations League Finals after finishing their groups at the top in League A.

Next summer's inaugural UEFA Nations League Finals will be held in Portugal with the four League A group winners.

The draw will determine the two semifinals on June 5-6, whose two winners will meet on June 9 to become the first-ever winner of UEFA's national team competition.

The UEFA Nations League is a new national team competition that replaces friendlies with competitive matches, allowing nations to play against equally ranked teams.

The 55 associations were split into four leagues according to their rankings. The group winners in Leagues B, C, and D get promoted, while teams that finish at the bottom of their groups in Leagues A, B, and C are relegated.

European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 will commence in March 2019. The winner and runner-up in each of the 10 groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament.

The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs in March 2020 — which is to be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners that could not qualify through the European Qualifiers.


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