In a week overshadowed by the tragic events in Paris, the final four teams to take part in Euro 2016 in France next summer were confirmed after the two legged play-off matches.
Hungary, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Ukraine will join hosts France and Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and Wales in the competition.
Sweden, who finished third in Group G came through against Scandinavian rivals Denmark, who were third in Group I. The Swedes were grateful to Pkv Dominoqq yet again to PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored three goals over the two legs.
Hungary, who finished third in Group F came through against Norway, third in Group H, behind Italy and Croatia.
The Republic of Ireland, third in Group D behind Germany and Poland, beat Bosnia & Herzegovina, third in Group B.
Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine, third in Group C, advanced against Slovenia, who finished third in Group E.
Friday, November 13
Norway 0 v Hungary 1
Saturday, November 14
Bosnia & Herzegovina 1 v Ireland 1
Sunday, November 15
Ukraine 2 v Slovenia 0
Sweden 2 v Denmark 1
Monday, November 16
Hungary 2 v Norway 1
Tuesday, November 16
Ireland 2 v Bosnia & Herzegovina 0
Wednesday, November 17
Denmark 2 v Sweden 2
Slovenia 1 v Ukraine 1
The draw for the final groups will be made in December.
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2015
George’s Premiership Predictions November 7 2015
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is banned from the stadium as his side, buoyed by a midweek Champions League win against Kiev, take on Stoke City.
Leaders Manchester City are away against strugglers Aston Villa who play their first game under new manager Remi (or is that Remy?) Garde. It’s difficult to see any other result than an away win.
Manchester United are at home to West Brom and will be hoping to placate their increasingly restless supporters with a few goals to celebrate.
Elsewhere Newcastle visit Bournemouth, Norwich host Swansea and on Sunday, the North London Derby.
Saturday, 7 November 2015
Leicester 2 v Watford 1
Man Utd 2 v West Brom 0
Norwich 1 v Swansea 1
Sunderland 0 v Southampton 2
West Ham 2 v Everton 2
Stoke 1 v Chelsea 1
Sunday, 8 November 2015
Aston Villa 1 v Man City 3
Arsenal 1 v Tottenham 1
Liverpool 2 v Crystal Palace 0
Arsenal 1/3 To Be Playing Europa League – 12/1 To Win It
Arsenal are 7/2 to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League and 1/3 to be competing in the Europa League after their heavy defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
bet365’s Steve Freeth “A 5-1 humbling in Munich had Arsenal fans searching for their calculators as well as their diaries with Thursday night football now looking a real possibility.”
2015/16 Champions League – Group F
Arsenal Finishing Position
2nd 7/2 3rd 1/3 4th 7/1
Olympiakos 1/5 Arsenal 7/2
Dinamo Zagreb 80/1
Arsenal to win 2015/16 Europa League 12/1
(All in – qualify or not)
2015/16 Champions League Outright E/W ½ 1,2
Bayern Munich 11/4 Barcelona 3/1
Real Madrid 9/2 PSG 12/1
Man City 12/1 Atletico Madrid 20/1
Chelsea 20/1 Man Utd 25/1
Juventus 25/1 Arsenal 50/1
Others on request
Nationality Of Winner
Spain 10/11 Germany 11/4
England 5/1 France 12/1
Italy 25/1 Any Other Nation 25/1
Soccer – Mourinho praises Chelsea efforts
Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea will take plenty of confidence from a hard-fought 2-1 Champions League win at home to Dynamo Kiev. The Blues looked like being held to a draw when they conceded an equaliser 13 minutes from time at Stamford Bridge, but a superb Willian free-kick six minutes later was enough to secure a valuable three points. And Mourinho was delighted with the final outcome, which moved his side closer to ensuring a place in the knockout stages of the competition, with the Blues now 1/8 with bet365 to progress. He told reporters: “We didn’t need to win to qualify, so it was not a drama at 1-1. “We knew that with a draw we would finish second in the group if we won our next two matches, but from a mental point of view it was important to react to a negative moment. “This was perfect because we conceded a goal with 15 minutes or so left and the team emerged. They knew 1-1 would be acceptable, but they wanted to win and it will give them confidence.”
Soccer – Minimum chance warns Wenger
Arsene Wenger accepts Arsenal have only a ‘minimum’ chance of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League following a 5-1 mauling at Bayern Munich. The thrashing in the Allianz Arena leaves the Gunners needing to beat Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos to have any hope of qualifying for the last-16, with Wenger and co. also needing Bayern to do them a favour by seeing off Olympiakos. And, while Wenger retains a little hope of progressing, he accepts that the odds are now firmly against his side, with Arsenal 7/2 with bet365 to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. The Frenchman admitted: “There is still a chance to qualify, Olympiakos have to lose here, we have to beat Zagreb and then beat Olympiakos – there is a small chance but it is a real one. “We have to realise with the kind of performance we had that our chance is at a minimum.”