France, Belgium, and Portugal each secured their spots in Euro 2024 after claiming narrow victories in their respective matches. These wins positioned them as the first teams to qualify for the upcoming tournament.
In Vienna, Belgium clinched a thrilling 3-2 victory over Austria, despite being reduced to 10 men. The win guaranteed them a top-two finish in Group F and a place in the finals set to be held in Germany. Dodi Lukebakio and Romelu Lukaku, who marked his ninth campaign goa campaign to the 3-0 lead, but the team had to fend off a late resurgence from Austria.
France triumphed against a depleted Dutch team in Amsterdam, with a 2-1 scoreline, courtesy of two goals from Kylian Mbappe. His second goal, a spectacular curler eight minutes into the second half, was his 42nd at the international level, surpassing French legend Michel Platini on the all-time list. Quilindschy Hartman scored on his Dutch debut, and Mbappe nearly secured a hat-trick, only to be denied by the crossbar.fr
Portugal endured a shaky performance but managed a 3-2 win over Slovakia in Porto, Group J. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, but the team’s two-goal lead was threatened until the end.
In other notable matches, Greece’s 2-0 victory over Ireland in Dublin eliminated the Irish team and propelled Greece ahead of the Dutch. Goals from Glorgos Glkoumankis and Giorgos Masouras in the first half secured the win for the 2004 European champions.
These results are part of the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying fixtures, which run from March to November 2023. The playoffs for the remaining finals spots are scheduled for 21 and 26 March 2024, with the final tournament dates set from 14 June to 14 July 2024.
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