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The Dutch will know on Thursday evening which country will be the third and last opponent in the group stage of the European Championship next summer. Georgia and North Macedonia face each other in Tbilisi in an all-deciding match for a place in the group with the Netherlands, Austria and Ukraine.

Other matches for European Championship ticket

The play-offs for the last four tickets to the European Championship were actually scheduled for March, but the corona pandemic meant that the games had to be postponed.

Georgia (86th in the FIFA ranking) and North Macedonia (65th in the FIFA ranking) came fourth and third respectively in their European Championship qualifying pool, but thanks to the back door that the Nations League offers, the countries still have a chance to for the first time to qualify for a final tournament.

Georgia and North Macedonia both finished first in their group in Division D (the lowest level) of the Nations League of the 2018/2019 season, earning a spot in the play-offs of the European Championship qualification.

The Georgians, with former Vitesse players Guram Kashia and Valeri Qazaishvili as strongholds, last month dealt with Belarus (1-0) in the semi-finals, while the North Macedonians were 2-1 too strong for Kosovo in their own home.

As a result, there will be one all-deciding game between Georgia and North Macedonia on Thursday evening in the empty Boris Pajtsjadze stadium in Tbilisi. The kick-off is at 9 p.m.

The North Macedonians celebrate that, after the final whistle from Danny Makkelie, they remain in the race for a European Championship ticket. (Photo: ANP)

Serbia-Scotland: The Serbian team of Ajax player Dusan Tadic narrowly missed a direct placement for the European Championship in group B and therefore has to battle with Scotland to see who qualifies for the final tournament. The winner of this game will be in a European Championship group with England, Croatia and the Czech Republic.

Hungary-Iceland: Quarter-finalist Iceland was the revelation at the 2016 European Championship, but now the team has to do everything they can to qualify. The crucial game with Hungary is led by Björn Kuipers. The winner of this play-off ends up in the ‘group of death’ at the European Championship, with Portugal, France and Germany.

Northern Ireland-Slovakia: Both teams made their first appearance at the European Championship in 2016. The Northern Irish finished third in the qualifying pool behind Germany and the Netherlands. The winner of this competition will join group E of the European Championship, with Spain, Sweden and Poland.

Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
Group C: Ukraine, The Netherlands, Austria, Georgia / North Macedonia
Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Serbia / Scotland
Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Northern Ireland / Slovakia
Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary / Iceland

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