Italy booked their place in UEFA EURO 2020 after two second-half goals condemned Greece to a defeat on Saturday in a Group J qualifying match.
Concise News reports that the hosts failed to manage a shot on target in the first half, but the deadlock was broken when Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho converted from the spot after Andreas Bouchalakis had handled Lorenzo Insigne’s shot.
First-half substitute Federico Bernardeschi then added a deflected second and, two years after missing out on the FIFA World Cup, Italy have qualified to the continental tournament with three games to spare.
With this achievement, Gli Azzurri joins Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side in a tournament scheduled to be held in 12 cities in 12 European countries.
Norway 1-1 Spain
Meanwhile, in Group F, Josh King’s last-gasp penalty earned the home side a deserved point and denied Spain a place at the finals for now.
Saúl Ñíguez’s 47th-minute drive had the visitors on course for a 15th consecutive victory in EURO qualifiers but Norway laid siege to the Roja’s goal in the latter stages.
They were rewarded when Kepa Arrizabalaga brought down Omar Elabdellaoui deep into added time and King kept his cool from the spot.
How Spain can qualify on Tuesday?
Spain were so close to mathematically confirming their place yesterday.
They can do so on Tuesday night, when the next round of fixtures in their group takes place.
On Tuesday, La Roja go to the Friends Arena to take on Sweden and these are the various qualification scenarios.
If Spain win…
A victory over Sweden would confirm their place as they’d be onto 22 points.
That would leave Romania as the only team mathematically able to catch Spain, if they beat Norway, but the top two go through.
If Spain draw…
A draw with Sweden would also be enough to put them through.
Even if Romania beat Norway on that same night, it would leave the Romanians on 16 points and the Swedes on 15 points with two matches to go, one of which is a head-to-head match between Romania and Sweden that would ensure at least one of those nations would drop some points and be unable to catch Spain.
If Spain lose…
A loss to Sweden would take Spain’s fate to the November fixtures, but still in their hands.
No matter the result between Romania and Norway on Tuesday, Spain would not be able to qualify unless they collect a point from their own match.