In the European Championship Qualifiers matches, several intriguing storylines are unfolding. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in the EURO 2024 qualification groups on Friday:
Euro 2024 qualification groups
Group A: Spain’s Quest for Redemption
Spain is going to Georgia for a match to stay close to the team leading the group, Scotland, which will be playing in Cyprus. Spain will play its first match since the president of the Spanish soccer federation was suspended by FIFA for his behavior during the Women’s World Cup final. He kissed a player without her permission.
The coach of the Spanish men’s team, Luis de la Fuente, has said sorry for supporting the federation chief during a speech he made two weeks ago. In that speech, he said he was a victim of a “witch hunt” by “false feminists. But now, de la Fuente has condemned the president’s actions and words.
In Group A, Spain has three points from two games played in the Euro 2024 qualification, while Scotland is leading with 12 points after winning all four of its matches. Spain has played fewer games because it was in the Nations League finals in June.
Group J: Ronaldo’s Remarkable 20-Year Journey
Cristiano Ronaldo has been thinking about his 20 years with Portugal’s national team. He claims that he and his great opponent Lionel Messi “changed the history of soccer” and that, even at the age of 38, he still aspires to perform even better.
Ronaldo started playing for Portugal in August 2003, and now, after two decades, he’s scored the most goals in international men’s soccer—a record 123 goals in 200 games. He’s playing for Portugal in a match to qualify for the European Championship against Slovakia.
I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, but I want to accomplish even more, Cristiano Ronaldo stated. I always want to play with a lot of ambition.
Talking about his rivalry with Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo added, “If you’re a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, you don’t have to dislike Messi. We’re both really good players, and we’ve made a big impact on the history of soccer. People all over the world respect us, and that’s what matters most. He has his path, and I have mine.”
Portugal has won all four of its group games in the Euro 2024 qualification and is two points ahead of Slovakia. In other matches, Bosnia-Herzegovina is hosting Liechtenstein, and Iceland is playing against Luxembourg.
Group D: Croatia’s Bumpy Start
Croatia’s start to the qualifying games hasn’t been smooth. They had a surprising draw against Wales and a win against the current group leader, Turkey, in their first two games in Group D. Croatia also played in the Nations League in June, so they’re behind in the number of games played—only two, compared to Turkey’s four.
Croatia is playing against Latvia in the Euro 2024 qualification on Friday and could move up to second place in the standings depending on the result between the top two teams, Turkey and Armenia. Croatia won a bronze medal at the World Cup in Qatar last year.