UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A

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Group A of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying was split into ten groups of national teams. Group A was played between 22 March and 17 November 2019 and featured five teams with the top two teams qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. [1] The group consisted of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, Kosovo and Montenegro. [2] Teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. [3]

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England finished as group winners, with a single loss to the Czech Republic and seven wins, whilst the Czech Republic finished second with five wins and three losses. Both teams qualified directly for the main draw of UEFA Euro 2020. [4] Unlike previous editions, the participants of the play-offs were not decided based on results from the qualifying group stage, but instead based on their performance in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the finals are to be played from 11 June to 11 July 2021, rather than in 2020.

Group summary

On 14 October 2019, during the Bulgaria v England match, there was racist behaviour from a group of Bulgarian fans. This included Nazi salutes, monkey chants and racist booing. The behaviour was widely condemned by the public and various groups, including the anti-racist football campaign Kick It Out. The next day, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov called for Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mikhailov to resign following the racist incident. Mikhailov resigned a few hours later. [5]

Standings

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification Flag of England.svg Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Flag of Kosovo.svg Flag of Bulgaria.svg Flag of Montenegro.svg
1Flag of England.svg  England 8701376+3121Qualify for final tournament 5–0 5–3 4–0 7–0
2Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 85031311+215 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–0
3Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 83231316311Advance to play-offs via Nations League 0–4 2–1 1–1 2–0
4Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 8134617116 0–6 1–0 2–3 1–1
5Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 8035322193 1–5 0–3 1–1 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Matches

The fixtures were released by UEFA the same day as the draw, which was held on 2 December 2018 in Dublin. [6] [7] Times are CET/CEST, [note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg1–1Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
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England  Flag of England.svg5–0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
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Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,575 [8]
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)

Kosovo  Flag of Kosovo.svg1–1Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
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Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg1–5Flag of England.svg  England
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City Stadium, Podgorica
Attendance: 8,329 [8]
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)

Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg2–1Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
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Stadion Letná, Prague
Attendance: 13,482 [8]
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg1–1Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo
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City Stadium, Podgorica
Attendance: 100 [8] [note 2]
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg2–3Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo
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Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg3–0Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
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Andrův stadion, Olomouc
Attendance: 11,565 [8]
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (Russia)

Kosovo  Flag of Kosovo.svg2–1Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
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England  Flag of England.svg4–0Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
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Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,605 [8]
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)

England  Flag of England.svg5–3Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo
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St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Attendance: 30,155 [8]
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg0–3Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
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City Stadium, Podgorica
Attendance: 5,951 [8]
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)

Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg2–1Flag of England.svg  England
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Sinobo Stadium, Prague
Attendance: 18,651 [8]
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg0–0Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
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City Stadium, Podgorica
Attendance: 2,743 [8]
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)

Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg0–6Flag of England.svg  England
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Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia
Attendance: 17,481 [8]
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
Kosovo  Flag of Kosovo.svg2–0Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
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Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg2–1Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo
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Štruncovy sady Stadion, Plzeň
Attendance: 10,986 [8]
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
England  Flag of England.svg7–0Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
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Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 77,277 [8]
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg1–0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
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Kosovo  Flag of Kosovo.svg0–4Flag of England.svg  England
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Fadil Vokrri Stadium, Pristina
Attendance: 12,326 [8]
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)

Goalscorers

There were 72 goals scored in 20 matches, for an average of 3.6 goals per match.

12 goals

8 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Discipline

A player was automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences: [3]

The following suspensions were served during the qualifying matches:

TeamPlayerOffence(s)Suspended for match(es)
Flag of England.svg  England Jordan Henderson Yellow card.svg vs Montenegro (25 March 2019)
Yellow card.svg vs Czech Republic (11 October 2019)
Yellow card.svg vs Bulgaria (14 October 2019)
vs Montenegro (14 November 2019)
Danny Rose Yellow card.svg vs Montenegro (25 March 2019)
Yellow card.svg vs Bulgaria (7 September 2019)
Yellow card.svg vs Czech Republic (11 October 2019)
vs Bulgaria (14 October 2019)
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo Besar Halimi Yellow card.svg vs Bulgaria (25 March 2019)
Yellow card.svg vs Bulgaria (10 June 2019)
Yellow card.svg vs England (10 September 2019)
vs Montenegro (14 October 2019)

Notes

  1. CET (UTC+1) for matches in March and November 2019, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. Montenegro were sanctioned by UEFA to play one home match (against Kosovo on 7 June 2019) without spectators for racist behaviour in their home match against England. [9]
  3. The Bulgaria v Czech Republic match was played behind closed doors due to a UEFA punishment against Bulgaria for racist behaviour in their home match against England. [10]

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