Martin Dubravka started for Slovakia in their final 2020 Euro qualifier against Azerbaijan.
It is almost time… Good luck boys! ???? pic.twitter.com/khQUXiWwka
— Jozef Sámel (@JozefSamel) November 19, 2019
Slovakia won the match 2-0; however, their fate depended on the Wales vs. Hungary match. Slovakia needed to win and for Wales and Hungary to draw to automatically qualify.
Wales were able to defeat Hungary 2-0 this afternoon. With the Welsh win, Slovakia finish third in Group E behind Croatia and Wales, who automatically qualify.
Dubravka and Slovakia now join Ciaran Clark and the Republic of Ireland in a play-off for the right to qualify for the 2020 European Championships. The draw will be held on November 22nd, in which 16 teams will be grouped into four paths.
They will then play in March to decide which four nations will join the 20 automatic qualifiers. Each of the four paths will have two single-leg semi-finals and then a final. The semi-finals will take place on Thursday, March 26th, and the finals five days later on March 31st.
That will be the fourth and final international break for Newcastle fans to have to endure. It will take place between our March 21st match against Aston Villa at St James Park and our April 4th match at Bournemouth. Hopefully, we’ll be flying high in the league by then and in our own battle for European qualification. 🙂