Norway lost 0-1 in Group A of the Euro 2024 qualifying round against Spain in Oslo, Norway, on the 16th (Korea Standard Time). Norway, which remained in third place with 10 points, failed to advance to the finals regardless of the result of the remaining game.
In this Euro qualifying round, five to six teams will compete in the group stage, and the top two teams in 10 groups will go straight to the finals. Teams that did not finish in the top two of the group can advance to the finals through the playoffs, which are based on UEFA Nations League performances. In Group A, which consists of five teams, Spain and Scotland have 15 points with five wins and one loss in six games. The two teams confirmed their advance to the finals.
Norway put their lives on the line against Spain. Norway has been on the rise recently. It won four games in a row. In the previous game, they held Georgia to 2-1. If I caught Spain, I could continue my dream of going to the finals. Norway did not win until 13 years against Spain after winning 1-0 in June 2000.
Again, the eyes turned to Holland. Holland, dubbed the world’s best striker, also played well in the Euro qualifying round. He scored six goals, ranking third in scoring after Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (nine goals) and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (seven goals). Holland moved to Manchester City last season and showed off his monstrous scoring ability, breaking all English Premier League-related scoring records. Manchester City achieved the treble with Holland’s performance. Holland has been showing off his consistent scoring ability this season. He is the leading scorer with eight goals. The runner-up is Son Heung-min with six goals.
Norway went all out for Spain, but they couldn’t get over the big box in the end. Spain’s Gavi (Barcelona) scored the winning goal in the fourth minute of the second half, and Spain won 1-0. Holland played full time, but failed to score in the end. It was a moment when Holland’s dream of a major tournament was once again frustrated. Holland, as Ryan Giggs did, is building a major resentment. Giggs was considered one of the best players in the world when he was active, but he failed to advance to a major tournament. As Norway has played in the Euro tournament only once in the past, it is not expected to be an easy mission for Holland.
Georgia, where Hvitsa Kravatshelia plays with Kim Min-jae in Naples along with the sinking of Norway, also failed to advance to the finals with only seven points left with two games left. For now, Norway is ranked 22nd in the UEFA rankings, and is likely to advance to the playoffs. It is not that there is no possibility of advancing to the finals at all.
Meanwhile, in Group D, Turkiye made it to the finals. Turkiye defeated Latvia 4-0 in a home game in Konya. Turkiye, which earned 16 points with five wins, one draw and one loss in seven games, finished first in the group. Wales beat Croatia 2-1 with a multi-goal by ace Harry Wilson playing for Fulham. Wales and Croatia are competing fiercely for the second place, with 10 points each.
In Group E, the Czech Republic defeated the Faroe Islands 1-0 and jumped to second place in the group (11 points) after Albania (13 points), which had no match on the day. Poland drew 1-1 with Moldova on the same day. It was ranked third with 10 points.
Romania in Group I defeated Andorra 4-0. He jumped to the lead (16 points) by beating Switzerland (15 points), which drew 3-3 with Belarus on the day. The match between Kosovo and Israel was scheduled to be held in the group, but it was postponed in the aftermath of Israel’s airstrike in Gaza.