Ukraine, Poland, Georgia: Which teams are in Euro 2024? | | Football News


Ukraine, Poland and Georgia are the final three teams to qualify for the 24-team tournament.

Ukraine came from behind to beat Iceland in a winner-takes-all bid to qualify for Euro 2024, Poland secured their place in the tournament with a penalty shoot-out win over Wales and Georgia qualified for their first major tournament on a stunning night of European football.

The 24-nation Euro 2024 tournament concluded on Tuesday with three qualifying matches providing a strong taste of Eastern Europe for the tournament which opens on June 14 in Germany.

Mykhailo Mudryk’s 84th minute strike lifted Ukraine to a 2-1 win over Iceland and a second late playoff win for the war-torn country.

Ukraine’s “home” games were played in neutral Poland because international games cannot be played in Kyiv for security reasons in the war against Russia, whose team was banned from trying to qualify by UEFA.

Georgia’s forward Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has qualified for Euro 2024 after beating Greece 4-2 on penalties. It was a difficult and trying 0-0 in difficult conditions in Tbilisi.

The decisive penalty was awarded and substitute Nika Kvekveskiri slotted his superb shot into the corner to seal a 4-2 victory for Georgia.

Wild celebrations saw thousands of Georgian fans in the 50,000 crowd at the national stadium pour onto the pitch and some climbed the goalposts to sit on the cross.

Georgian players once became European champions – in the Soviet Union team that won the first title in 1960.

Now the independent country has got the right to make its football history in Germany.

A fiery Georgian fan on the pitch celebrates his team’s Euro 2024 victory over Greece at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Irakli Gedenidze/Reuters]

Meanwhile, Poland became the last team to book a ticket to Germany, beating Wales 5-4 in a shootout in Cardiff after a 0-0 draw.

Poland captain Robert Lewandowski, who scored the first goal in the shootout, couldn’t bear to watch the action as his goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny kicked the final penalty which Dan James took.

“It’s big because maybe I would have ended my international career tonight if we had lost this game,” Szczesny said.

Poland have played at every Euro since veteran Lewandowski made the national team in 2008, including as a team-mate against Ukraine at Euro 2012.

Poland will be drawn in a tough Group D with France, the Netherlands and Austria.

Ukraine is in Group F with Belgium, Romania and Slovakia.

Georgia enters Group F to face Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

Euro 2024 will be played in 10 German cities from June 14 to July 14.



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