Dusan Tadic has grabbed a ticket for next year’s European Championship with Serbia on Thursday. The Ajax attacker lost in an all-deciding play-off match after penalties from Scotland. Iceland, which reached the quarter-finals at the previous final tournament, was also unable to qualify for the European Championship.
Iceland loses despite a huge goalkeeper blunder
Serbia and Scotland kept each other in balance in Belgrade in the first half, but after the break it went completely wrong for the home team. Ryan Christie worked the ball through the inside of the post in the 52nd minute behind the Serbian goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic.
The poorly playing Serbia seemed to reconcile itself with a defeat against the Scots, but in the ninetieth minute, the team of captain Tadic came alongside. Real Madrid player Luka Jovic headed home from a corner kick, requiring extra time.
In the aftermath Serbia dominated, but the Scottish wall held up in the extra half hour and also dragged out a penalty shootout against the number thirty of the FIFA rankings, with Feyenoord player Uros Spajic coming in in the 108th minute.
In the penalty shootout, Tadic was the first Serb to score his penalty, after which Scotland used all his five bets from the spot. The fifth and decisive penalty kick from Serbian Aleksandar Mitrovic was saved by Scottish goalkeeper David Marshall.
It is the first time since 1996 that Scotland qualifies for the European Championship. The islanders never got further than the group stage in a final tournament.
The fatal moment for Péter Gulácsi near Hungary-Iceland. The Hungarian keeper lets a free kick slip out of his hands, but sees his team win against Iceland later. (Photo: ANP)
For a long time, Iceland seemed to qualify for the European Championship due to a mistake by the Hungarian keeper Péter Gulácsi, but in the final phase it went wrong against Hungary. The home team turned a deficit and won 2-1.
Gulácsi let a sustainable free kick by Gylfi Sigurdsson slip through his hands after the eleventh minute. The goalkeeper of RB Leipzig seemed to catch the ball easily, but lost his balance and could not prevent a goal against.
Hungary messed up several great opportunities in the future, but in extremis it was still hit. Loïc Nego took advantage of a pinball machine in the Icelandic defense after a free kick, then Dominik Szoboszlai shot Hungary to the European Championship in the second minute of injury time.
It is the fourth time in total and the second time in a row that Hungary qualifies for the main tournament of the European Championship. In the previous edition in 2016, the number 47 of the FIFA rankings reached the eighth finals, in which it was eliminated by Belgium (0-4).