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Ukraine shock Euro 2020 draw seeds ahead of France and Portugal





Ukraine will be one of the six top seeds for the Euro 2020 finals draw on Nov. 30, leaving world champions France and holders Portugal unseeded.

Seeding for the draw, which is being held in Bucharest, is based purely on performance in qualifying for this tournament.

Ukraine won six of their eight qualifiers, only drawing their away matches in Portugal and Serbia, to secure their place. They are joined by hosts England, Germany, Italy, and Spain, with the final place taken by Belgium.

France missed out on a place among the seeds by one point, with Artem Biesiedin's 93rd-minute equaliser for Ukraine in Serbia on Sunday proving to be the difference.

But it's worse for Portugal, who dropped seven points in qualifying and finished runners-up to Ukraine, which is only good enough for a place in Pot 3.

Pot 1: Belgium, Italy, England, Germany, Spain, Ukraine

Pot 2: France, Switzerland, Croatia, Poland, Netherlands, Russia

Pot 3: Portugal, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic

Pot 4: Wales, Finland, Playoff A, Playoff B, Playoff C, Playoff D

It means France will definitely be drawn into a group with one of Italy, England, Germany or Spain -- and Portugal could be in the same group. The only other seeded nation available to the 2016 winners and UEFA Nations League champions is Ukraine's.

Much of the draw is predetermined, because nations must play in the group of their host city. In addition, Belgium have to go into Group B because Ukraine cannot play in Russia, and that means the only group available to Ukraine is Group C, hosted by Netherlands.

Group possibilities

Group A

  • Italy
  • One of France/Poland/Switzerland/Croatia
  • One of Portugal/Turkey/Austria/Sweden/Czech Republic
  • Wales or Finland

Group B

  • Belgium
  • Russia
  • Denmark
  • Wales or Finland

Group C

  • Ukraine
  • Netherlands
  • One of Portugal/Turkey/Austria/Sweden/Czech Republic
  • Winners of playoff path A, C or D

Group D

  • England
  • One of France/Poland/Switzerland/Croatia
  • One of Portugal/Turkey/Austria/Sweden/Czech Republic
  • Winners of playoff Path C or D

Group E

  • Spain
  • One of France/Poland/Switzerland/Croatia
  • One of Portugal/Turkey/Austria/Sweden/Czech Republic
  • Winners of playoff Path B

Group F

  • Germany
  • One of France/Poland/Switzerland/Croatia
  • One of Portugal/Turkey/Austria/Sweden/Czech Republic
  • Winners of playoff Path A, C or D

The final four places will decided through the playoffs, with the draw taking place on Friday, Nov. 22.

-- Courtesy of global.espn.com


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