Euro 2024 play-off draw LIVE: Wales and Ukraine discover path to tournament group stages

The European Championship trophy is on the line in Germany next summer

Sign up to Miguel Delaney’s Reading the Game newsletter sent straight to your inbox for free

Sign up to Miguel’s Delaney’s free weekly newsletter

Thanks for signing up to the
Football email

Qualifying for Euro 2024 is almost complete with a final play-off tournament being held in March to determine which three of 12 nations secures a place at the tournament in Germany.

Consecutive 1-1 draws against Armenia and Turkey during the most recent international break meant Wales slipped beneath Croatia in Group D and must now go through the play-offs to reach the tournament proper. Rob Page’s side are no strangers to using this route of qualification for major tournaments having reached the 2022 World Cup by beating Austria in a home semi-final before overcoming Ukraine in Cardiff.

Ukraine themselves will be hoping for a better outcome this time around as they join Wales in the play-offs once more along with several of the best third place finishers from qualifying. With a minimum of four sides needed for each of the three play-off paths, teams from lower Nations League tiers make up the numbers.

The play-off semi-finals will be held on Thursday 21 March before the finals take place five days later on Tuesday 26 March.

Follow the Euro 2024 play-off draw live below:

Euro 2024 play-off draw

Here’s a look at those smaller countries with an outside chance of reaching the finals:

Two rounds of matches left in qualifying for a major competition. By now, as the football gods deem it, there must be a number of big nations already through, at least one of which has a perfect record, further calling into question the need and point for lengthy group stages.

Additionally, it is required that a handful of established footballing countries must still be “sweating” or otherwise marginally concerned over their places at the finals, often with “work to do” but certainly still “needing a result”. Thirdly, and often most (viciously) enjoyably for some, one previous winner or at least finalist from a major tournament of yesteryear must be facing up to their new reality of missing out altogether.

The football minnows within touching distance of Euro 2024

Euro 2024 could yet have some entirely unexpected names involved as Kazakhstan, Moldova and Luxembourg attempt to make the top two in their groups

Euro 2024 play-off draw

Here’s a quick look ahead to the main draw:

England will head to Euro 2024 as one of the top seeds as Gareth Southgate’s side look to go one step better than three years ago, when the Three Lions were beaten by Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

After an unbeaten qualifying campaign that featured wins against Italy both at home and away in Naples, England joined hosts Germany, Portugal, France, Spain and Belgium in Pot 1.

They could face another all-British clash against Scotland in the Euro 2024 group stages after Steve Clarke’s side qualified for their second European Championships in a row. The Scots, who faced England in the Euro 2020 group stages, are in Pot 3.

When is the Euro 2024 draw and what are the pots?

Germany will host the men’s European Championship

Euro 2024 play-off draw

Teams already qualified:

Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, Austria, England, Hungary, Slovakia, Albania, Denmark, Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia.

Euro 2024 play-off draw

Wales will learn their Euro 2024 play-off opponents as the draw is made to determine the bracket for the three remaining places at next summer’s finals.

Rob Page’s side will need to navigate the play-offs if they are to reach a fourth major tournament in eight years after Wales finished behind Turkey and Croatia in qualifying from Group D.

Wales are guaranteed a home semi-final after taking their place in play-off ‘Path A’ – but the draw will determine who they face in March’s play-off rounds, while Poland and Robert Lewandowski could be waiting in the final.

What time is the Euro 2024 play-off draw and how can I watch it?

Wales missed out on automatic qualification but can still reach the Euro 2024 finals

Euro 2024 play-off draw

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live blog of the Euro 2024 play-off draw.

We will be bringing you all the build-up and news ahead of the draw, which starts at 11 am.

Source: Read Full Article