The Dutch national team will have to deal with Georgia or North Macedonia in the group stage of the European Championship next year. Romania lost in the semi-finals of the play-offs to Iceland and has no chance of a ticket for the final tournament.
Tadic with Serbia to decisive play-off
The Dutch were already linked to Ukraine and Austria in the draw in November 2019, but the play-offs must determine who will be the fourth country in group C. Romania would fill that gap if the Eastern Europeans qualified through the Nations League play-offs, but lost 2-1 to Iceland.
At halftime, the Northern Europeans already led 2-0 by goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Alexandru Maxim scored the tying goal in the 63rd minute from the spot, but the equalizer failed to materialize in Reykjavik and so Romania will soon be missing at the European Championship. All meetings in the semi-finals of the play-offs are decided in one game.
Since Romania no longer has a chance of participating in the European Championship, the Orange squad will soon have a meeting with a country from the so-called path D of the play-offs in group C. This includes potential European Championship debutants Georgia, Belarus, North Macedonia and Kosovo.
Georgia won 1-0 against Belarus on Thursday through a penalty from Tornike Okriashvili in the seventh minute and will fight with North Macedonia to see who can go to the European Championship. The North Macedonians won 2-1 against Kosovo in a match led by Danny Makkelie. All hits were there in the first half.
North Macedonia settled with Kosovo and is fighting with Georgia for a European Championship ticket. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Iceland, which started against Romania with former Eredivisie players Alfred Finnbogason and Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson, competes in path A of the play-offs with Hungary for a European Championship ticket. The Hungarians were too strong for Bulgaria with 1-3.
In path C, Ajax player Dusan Tadic qualified with Serbia for the decisive play-off. The team of trainer Ljubisa Tumbakovic won in Oslo with a 1-2 extension against Norway, where Martin Ødegaard and Erling Haaland, among others, were at the kick-off.
After regular time, it was 1-1 by hits in the 82nd (Serbia) and 88th minute (Norway). Sergej Milinkovic-Savic took care of the winning goal in the 102nd minute at the request of Tadic with a nice marker. Serbia awaits a showdown with Scotland or Israel in the decisive play-off, which are still underway.
The deciding games in the playoffs will all be played on November 12.