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Albania ends Denmark’s automatic Euro 2016 dream

Danes face a two tough qualification matches in November

The Danish fans were out in force at Euro 2012. Will they be back in Euro 2016? (photo: Erik Cleves Kristensen)
October 11th, 2015 8:29 pm| by Christian W

As Denmark takes on France tonight in a friendly, it won’t be a surprise if some of Morten Olsen’s lads are looking a bit depressed.

That’s because the Danish road to Euro 2016 in France will include a two-leg playoff round thanks to Albania’s emphatic win against Armenia in Group I tonight.

Denmark needed Armenia to avoid losing in Yerevan to the Albanians in order to automatically qualify for Euro 2016, but with little to play for, the home side offered no help for the Danes by losing 0-3.

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Tough playoff match
The result means that Portugal and surprise package Albania qualify from Group I, while Denmark will be among the third-placed teams competing in a two-leg playoff against a team that has yet to be determined.

The draw will take place on October 18 and the two playoff legs will take place on 12-14 November and 15-17 November.

Qualification is ongoing and some groups have yet to be decided, but aside from Denmark, the seven other playoff teams will most likely be Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Ireland, Ukraine, Sweden and Norway.

France (hosts), Iceland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Wales, Spain, England, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Romania, Austria, Italy, Portugal and Albania have already qualified.