​Romania and Switzerland have qualified for the 2024 European Championship together with one stage to go before the end of the qualifying tournament, and Tuesday’s match at the National Arena will determine the winner of Group I.

Murat Yakin, Swiss coachPhoto: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP / Profimedia

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Murat Yakin is convinced that Switzerland will dominate Romania in Bucharest

Romania will play the last match of the qualifying tournament for the 2024 European Championship at the National Arena in Bucharest.

The tricolors have already qualified for the final tournament in Germany after beating Israel (2-1), and the Romanian Football Federation says the stadium will hold more than 50,000 spectators.

Switzerland, who also qualified for Euro 2024, travel to Bucharest to decide which team will win Group I and which will implicitly go into the second round of the draw on December 2.

At the press conference before the game with Romania, coach Murat Yakin talked about the match of the tour (2:2) and emphasized that his team will control the match in Bucharest.

“On the tour, it was a game that we completely dominated, but we conceded two unfortunate goals just before the end. The Romanians have an interesting team that knows how to play football.

Both teams are skilled and can play without pressure, but I think we will dominate the game tomorrow.”

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In addition, the 49-year-old coach also addressed the Swiss fans, who said they would be unhappy if the team finished the group behind Romania.

“It doesn’t matter which bin we are in. We will approach in the same way, because at the EURO we can beat anyone. I’m glad we qualified. This is the most important and at the same time deserved.

I qualified before the final stage, which I guess has never happened before. But maybe I should apologize that we didn’t qualify from the sixth stage.” Murat Yakin concluded.

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To stay in second place, Romania must not lose to Switzerland in their last match of the previous tournament to finish the group in first place. The match with the Swiss will take place on Tuesday, November 21, from 21:45 (LiveBLOG on HotNews.ro).

If this happens, there are two possible group options for the tricolors. We’re talking hellish, but also one that could be, at least at first glance, affordable.

So, in the category of infernal groups, we have the following option: FranceRomania, Netherlands and Switzerland.

At the opposite pole, with a bit of luck, we could find ourselves in a group that looks like this: AustriaRomania, Slovenia and Slovakia.


  • The draw for the Euro 2024 groups will take place on December 2 at 19:00 (Romanian time) at the “Elbphilharmonie” in Hamburg.
  • During the draw, the winners of the groups are taken into account first, and then those who take 2 places.
  • In previous groups with six teams in each (unlike in Romania), the points scored by the last team will not be taken into account, reports gsp.ro.
  • At this moment, the tricolors are in the second urn.
  • If they lose to Switzerland, Romania could end up in third or even fourth place, depending on other results from previous matches.

EURO 2024 preliminary matches, group I standings

1. Romania – 19 points/qualification

2. Switzerland – 17 points/ qualified

3. Israel – 12 p

4. Kosovo – 11 p

5. Belarus – 9 p

6. Andorra – 2 pages

*Romania and Switzerland qualified for next summer’s final tournament (June 14-July 14), which will be hosted by Germany.

*In case of a tie, the tiebreaker is determined by the results of direct matches.

The remaining matches of group I

Romania – Switzerland / November 21, 21:45

Andorra – Israel / November 21, 21:45

Kosovo – Belarus / November 21, 21:45.

Romania in the preliminary tournament of EURO 2024, which broadcasts every match of the tricolor

*All previous matches of Romania will be published in LiveBlog on HotNews.ro.

25 March 2023: Andorra – Romania 0-2

March 28, 2023: Romania – Belarus 2-1

June 6, 2023: Kosovo – Romania 0-0

June 19, 2023: Switzerland – Romania 2-2

September 9, 2023: Romania – Israel 1-1

September 12, 2023: Romania – Kosovo 2:0

October 12, 2023: Belarus – Romania 0-0

October 15, 2023 – 21:45 Romania – Andorra 4-0

November 18, 2023 – 21:45 Israel – Romania 1-2

November 21, 2023 – 21:45 Romania – Switzerland / Antenna 1.