Latest Football News – Qualified for the next European championship, the France team would have every interest in ensuring the first place of the group Sunday in Albania. A place in the hat 1 for the draw is indeed in play, even if a success and the fact of finishing first of the group would not be a guarantee to be in the best pot.
Why should the Blues finish first in the group?
The contract is already filled. The 2018 World Champions and 2016 European Vice-Champions have qualified for Euro 2020, their 13th consecutive international competition. The major objective has been checked. But the French mission is not over yet. The defenders of Didier Deschamps, leading their group following their sluggish victory against Moldova (2-1) and the draw of Turkey against Iceland (0-0), must now ensure the first place of their group in defeating Albania on Sunday in Tirana. Anodine? Not really.
In view of the draw of the Euro scheduled for November 30 in Bucharest, this first place can be crucial. For this draw that promises a nice puzzle with 24 qualified and many host countries that will already be placed in groups, it is indeed not the FIFA ranking that is taken into account, as at the last World Cup by example. For this Euro, the seeds are determined according to the rankings of the playoffs. Finishing at the top of their group can therefore allow the French to be in the best hat, and therefore to be donated to a group that is a priori more affordable.
Why being first would not guarantee hat 1?
If the Blues have their destiny in their hands to finish first, they do not master everything. Finishing the job as it should in Tirana will indeed not be a guarantee to be in the hat 1. As there are only six groups in the final phase of the Euro 2020, only the top six best of these playoffs will have the chance to be among the lucky ones elected from the first hat. And to decide the 10 teams that finished first in their playoff group, UEFA therefore chose nine criteria:
a) Final ranking in the group
c) Goal difference
d) Goals scored
e) Goals scored outside
f) Number of victories
g) Number of wins away
h) Lowest total points of discipline
i) Ranking position of the League of Nations
The number of points accumulated during this qualifying phase is therefore crucial, as L’Equipe points out that the results must be withdrawn against Moldova (the last of the group) in order to be fair to the groups consisting of only five training. With its defeat and draw against Turkey, France is clearly not in a strong position for the moment. She is particularly in the fight with Spain, Poland and Germany for the last places of the hat 1. And to slip in, a Sunday success will not be too much …