UEFA Euro 2020 will finally see its 24-team lineup completed on Thursday when the eight teams still in the playoff running will make their last lurch towards reaching next year’s tournament.
After a demanding qualification campaign, the four playoff finals—originally intended to be held in March—will decide who advances to the showpiece finals (which will still be called Euro 2020, despite being played in 2021).
Euro 2020 Playoff Finals Schedule (Thursday, Nov. 12)
Path A: Hungary vs. Iceland, 2:45 p.m. ET, TUDNxtra 2
Path B: Northern Ireland vs. Slovakia, 2:45 p.m. ET, TUDNxtra 3
Path C: Serbia vs. Scotland, 2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Path D: Georgia vs. North Macedonia, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Each of the four deciders will demand attention considering the prizes at stake, but Path C finalists Serbia and Scotland draw special attention with players of a high pedigree in action for both sides.
Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson will captain the Scots at Red Star Stadium in Belgrade, one of nine players in Steve Clarke’s squad currently plying their trade in the Premier League:
Another among that number, Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, told BBC Sport you “can’t put it into words” how important this match is for Scotland, who haven’t made it to a major tournament finals since the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
The wait has been nowhere near as long for Path B finalists Northern Ireland and Slovakia, each of whom competed at Euro 2016 and hope to seal back-to-back qualification for the first time in their histories.
It’s key for the Belfast hosts that central defender Jonny Evans has regained fitness just in time for the clash, hoping to boost Northern Ireland to their first win over Slovakia since 1998:
A penalty shootout win over Bosnia & Herzegovina sealed Northern Ireland’s spot in the final, while Slovakia also beat the Republic of Ireland via spot-kicks to advance. Record cap-holder and captain Marek Hamsik (123) will be desperate to qualify for what could be the 33-year-old’s last major tournament, and the chances look promising given Northern Ireland have scored only once in their last four home outings.
How to Watch UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying
You can tune into each of the Euro 2020 playoff finals via TUDN or ESPN2, with the first fixtures set to kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET. You can live stream international soccer matches on fuboTV.
The Path A decider will bring about a major style clash, with attack-minded Hungary hoping to unlock the frigid defense of Iceland. The Hungarians have failed to score in only one of their last 14 matches at home, though their guests will take heart in the fact Hungary have also lost their last two games at the Puskas Arena in Budapest (to Russia and Uruguay).
The early kick-off in Path D promises fireworks, too, as one of Georgia and North Macedonia will qualify for the European Championships for the first time.
The Georgians have been particularly fierce in Tbilisi during this qualification run, with a keen focus on the defensive side of things:
North Macedonia have been a surprise package in recent years, however, and their chances are aided after Georgia returned two potentially pivotal positive coronavirus tests:
A debut appearance in the Euros is enough to ensure the two teams will leave everything on the line at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena. Usually home to Georgia’s national rugby team, fans can expect their soccer equivalents to land some hefty blows in pursuit of continental qualification on this occasion.