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22nd Nov 2023

Estonia secure Euro 2024 play-off place despite failing to win a game in qualifying

Callum Boyle

Euro 2024

It’s almost unheard of.

Estonia are one step away from qualifying for Euro 2024 despite winning zero games.

In all honesty, it was a rather miserable qualifying campaign for the Baltic nation, losing seven of their eight matches and conceding 22 goals.

To really emphasise how bad it was, San Marino scored more goals (three) than Estonia (two) in the eight games.

Despite that though, the minnows could still be on a plane to Germany.

Thanks to their performances in the Nations League, which saw them top their group ahead of Malta and San Marino because of one particular technicality.

For the play-offs, 12 teams are selected from Leagues A, B and C, who are then replaced by the next highest-ranked team in their league if they have already secured their place at the Euros.

But if fewer than four teams from the same league enter the playoffs, the highest-ranked side from Group D then enter the playoffs.

After the Czech Republic beat Moldova 3-0 on Monday, that place was then taken by Estonia.

Poland await Estonia in the play-off rounds and despite being touted as underdogs for the two-legged affair the tiny nation will have some hope that they can reach the finals of a major tournament for the first time.

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