EURO 2020 PLAY-OFFS ROUND-UP: Erling Haaland will NOT be at the Euros next summer after Norway lose in extra-time to Serbia… while Gylfi Sigurdsson’s double fires Iceland a step closer to another major tournament
- Serbia’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored twice to beat Norway in extra-time
- The Serbs will now host Scotland in their Euro 2020 play-off final in November
- Gylfi Sigurdsson’s double was the difference for Iceland as they beat Romania
- Hungary beat Bulgaria, Kosovo lost to North Macedonia & Georgia beat Belarus
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored twice to send Serbia into the European Championship play-off finals with a 2-1 extra-time win over Norway, meaning Erling Haaland will not be at next summer’s major tournament.
Serbia kept Borussia Dortmund forward Haaland quiet and found their own unlikely threat in Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic, who had not previously scored for the national team.
He was on hand to score from close range after a free kick into the penalty area in the 82nd minute, before Norway levelled through Mathias Normann’s angled low shot with two minutes to go.
Midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored a double as Serbia beat Norway in Oslo
Norway star Erling Haaland was well nullified and he won’t be playing at next summer’s Euros
But an exquisite piece of skill won the game for Serbia in the first-half of extra-time, as Milinkovic-Savic tricked Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein with a deft chip from the edge of the six-yard box.
Serbia will host Scotland in one of four play-off finals on November 12 that will complete the 24-nation Euro 2020 lineup. Scotland beat Israel in a penalty shootout in Glasgow after a 0-0 draw.
Meanwhile, Iceland recaptured the feel-good spirit of its run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals by beating visiting Romania 2-1.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice with a pair of left-footed shots in the first half, before Romania closed the gap with a penalty midway through the second period.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (right) scored twice against Romania to send Iceland to the play-off final
Iceland will now go to Hungary, after they eased to a 3-1 win in Bulgaria. The winner of November’s contest will join the toughest-looking Euro 2020 group, with defending champions Portugal plus the past two World Cup winners, France and Germany.
Eleswhere, Kosovo’s quest to reach the European Championships at the first attempt ended with a loss in North Macedonia.
World football’s newest national team, joining UEFA and FIFA in 2016, were beaten 2-1 in Skopje, with all the goals coming in the first half.
Kosovo trailed to an own goal, levelled though defender Florent Hadergjonaj but were beaten by Darko Velkoski’s 33rd-minute header.
North Macedonia celebrate after defeating Kosovo – they will play Georgia in their play-off final
North Macedonia will visit Georgia, after they beat Belarus 1-0 earlier in the day.
Tornike Okriashvili’s seventh-minute penalty was the difference on Thursday and the winner of the final will play in next summer’s group with the Netherlands, Ukraine and Austria.
In Group B, Northern Ireland won on penalties as they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina, and they will host Slovakia after they defeated the Republic of Ireland in a shoot-out.