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Euro 2020 qualifiers round up from group F

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Euro 2020 qualifying Group F saw Scandinavian neighbours Sweden and Norway keep the race for the groups second automatic qualifying spot alive.

Spain had already managed a laboured victory over Romania, to all but guarantee their spot in Euro 2020.

Sweden faced small island nation the Faroe Islands, while Norway faced another minnow of football Malta.

The Swede’s took care of business in the first half. They went into the break after 45 minutes leading the Islanders 4-0.

A 12th and 15-minute goals from Isak. Followed by a 23rd-minute score from Manchester Uniteds’ Victor Lindelof. Quaison wrapped the goals for Sweden in the 41st minute.

The second half played out at a slow pace, with both teams going through the motions.

The win leaves Sweden sitting in second place behind Spain.

They have ten points but are looking over their shoulders at Scandinavian neighbors Norway, who are only two points behind them after a victory of their own.

Nowary faced Malta, it what appeared to be a formality.

While the statistics tell a story of dominance from the Norwegians. The scoreline does not look so convincing, considering this was also a home game.

Norway had 16 shots of which 9 were on target, compared to Malta’s 3 of which non were on goal.

The Norwegians possession was almost 70%, and their completed passed were 708 compared to 326 by the visitors.

Surely a high scoring win. Not so, they managed a 2-0 win over Malta. Who have picked up points in the group off of the Faroe Islands only.

A 33rd-minute goal Berge and a first-half injury-time penalty converted by King was all that Norway could muster.

They will have to improve if they are to catch Sweden for second place. Or at least be in with a chance of ne of the four playoff places.

This group is a wide-open battle for second, third and fourth. Spain has the top spot sewn up.

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VALENCIA, SPAIN – MARCH 23: Norway players have a final word before the start of the 2020 UEFA European Championships group F qualifying match between Spain and Norway at Estadio de Mestalla on March 23, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)