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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Uefa Nations League: What's at stake for teams from each group

A look at how things stand in each group and the permutations for each team

Leroy Sane was a stand-out performer for Germany despite their latest defeat ot France in the Uefa Nations League. AFP
Leroy Sane was a stand-out performer for Germany despite their latest defeat ot France in the Uefa Nations League. AFP

The final round of the 2018 Uefa Nations League takes place from November 15-20 with plenty of places still to be decided.

The tournament, which involves promotion and relegation as well as the chance to reach the Euro 2020 play-offs and, from League A, June's knockout finals enters its last two matchdays with plenty to play for.

Germany, four-time world champions and champions of Europe on three occasions, could suffer the ignominy of relegation to League B even before their final Group 1 match against Netherlands, while World Cup silver medalists Croatia need to win both their remaining Group 4 matches against Spain and England.

Here's how things stand in each group and the permutations for each team.

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Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring the winning goal for France against Germany in the Uefa Nations League. AFP
Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring the winning goal for France against Germany in the Uefa Nations League. AFP
NATIONS LEAGUE A
NATIONS LEAGUE A

Group 1 permutations

France: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v Netherlands (a). Will reach the finals with a draw in Rotterdam.

Netherlands: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v France (h), 19/11 v Germany (a). Will ensure a finals place with two wins.

Germany: position to be confirmed. To play: 19/11 v Netherlands (h). Will be relegated to League B if they do not beat Netherlands, and even then victory might not be enough as they will be demoted if the Netherlands beat France three days earlier.

Group 2 permutations

Belgium: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Iceland (h), 18/11 v Switzerland (a). Belgium will reach the finals with a win against Switzerland on November 18; a draw would be enough if Belgium avoid defeat against Iceland on three days earlier.

Switzerland: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Belgium (a). Switzerland will seal a place as finalists with a two-goal victory over Belgium.

Iceland: relegated. To play: 15/11 v Belgium (a).

Group 3 permutations

Portugal: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Italy (a), 20/11 v Poland (h). A draw in Italy will see the reigning European champions qualify for the finals.

Italy: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Portugal (h). Have a chance to reach the finals if they beat Portugal and the winners of Euro 2016 fail to beat already-relegated Poland.

Poland: relegated. To play: 20/11 v Portugal (a).

Group 4 permutations

Spain: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Croatia (a). Spain, Euro 2008 winners, will seal a place as finalists with victory over Croatia.

England: position to be confirmed. To play: 18/11 v Croatia (h). England will seal a place as finalists if Spain fail to beat Croatia and England then win their final game against the World Cup runners-up.

Croatia: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Spain (h), 18/11 v England (a). Croatia will seal a place as finalists if they win both their remaining games.

NATIONS LEAGUE B
NATIONS LEAGUE B

Group 1 permutations

Ukraine: promoted to League A. To play: 16/11 v Slovakia (a).

Czech Republic: position to be confirmed. To play: 19/11 v Slovakia (h). Cannot be promoted but a draw with Slovakia would ensure they are not relegated.

Slovakia: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v Ukraine (h), 19/11 v Czech Republic (a). Realistically need to win both remaining games to ensure they are not relegated.

Group 2 permutations

Russia: position to be confirmed. To play: 20/11 v Sweden (a). A point in Solna will see Russia promoted, and could go up three days earlier if Sweden do not beat Turkey.

Turkey: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Sweden (h). Will be relegated if they lose to Sweden.

Sweden: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Turkey (a), 20/11 v Russia (h). Will be promoted if they win both games; will be relegated if they lose in Turkey or if they fail to win either November game.

Group 3 permutations

Bosnia and Herzegovina: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Austria (a). Need a point against Austria to guarantee promotion.

Austria: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Bosnia and Herzegovina (h), 18/11 v Northern Ireland (h). Will be promoted if they win both their games as long as they finish with a better head-to-head against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Will be relegated if they lose to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland: position to be confirmed. To play: 18/11 v Austria (h). Cannot be promoted; will be relegated if they lose to Austria in Belfast.

Group 4 permutations

Wales: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v Denmark (h). Victory over Denmark in Cardiff will ensure promotion.

Denmark: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v Wales (a), 19/11 v Republic of Ireland (h). Will be promoted with a win in Wales, or if they draw then beat Ireland.

Ireland: position to be confirmed. To play: 19/11 v Denmark (a). Cannot be promoted; will be relegated unless Denmark lose to Wales, then Ireland win in Aarhus.

NATIONS LEAGUE C
NATIONS LEAGUE C

Group 1 permutations

Israel: position to be confirmed. To play: 20/11 v Scotland (a). Will be promoted with a point in Scotland.

Scotland: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Albania (a), 20/11 v Israel (h). Wins in their final two games will see the Scots promoted.

Albania: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Scotland (h). Will be relegated if they fail to beat Scotland.

Group 2 permutations

Finland: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Greece (a), 18/11 v Hungary (a). The Finns only need a point from their remaining games to be promoted.

Greece: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Finland (h), 18/11 v Estonia (h). Must win both remaining games and finish with a better head-to-head record against Finland to be promoted.

Hungary: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Estonia (h), 18/11 v Finland (h). Cannot be promoted.

Estonia: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Hungary (a), 18/11 v Greece (a). Estonia will be relegated if they lose to Hungary.

Group 3 permutations

Norway: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v Slovenia (a), 19/11 v Cyprus (a). Victory in their remaining games will see Norway promoted.

Bulgaria: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v Cyprus (a), 19/11 v Slovenia (h). Bulgaria must better Norway's results to be promoted.

Cyprus: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v Bulgaria (h), 19/11 v Norway (h). A win in either game would ensure they are not relegated, two victories would give them a chance of promotion if neither Norway nor Bulgaria beat Slovenia.

Slovenia: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v Norway (h), 19/11 v Bulgaria (a). Will be relegated unless they pick up at least four points in November in the hope of overtaking Cyprus.

Group 4 permutations

Serbia: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Montenegro (h), 20/11 v Lithuania (h). Serbia will be promoted if they beat Montenegro and Romania lose to Lithuania.

Montenegro: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Serbia (a), 20/11 v Romania (h). Will be promoted if they win both matches.

Romania: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Lithuania (h), 20/11 v Montenegro (a). Two victories coupled with a pair of losses for Serbia could see Romania promoted.

Lithuania: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Romania (a), 20/11 v Serbia (a). Must win both games and hope Romania lose in Montenegro on November 20 to have a chance of avoiding relegation.

NATIONS LEAGUE D
NATIONS LEAGUE D

Group 1 permutations

Georgia: promoted. To play: 15/11 v Andorra (a), 19/11 v Kazakhstan (h).

Kazakhstan: Cannot be promoted. To play: 15/11 v Latvia (h), 19/11 v Georgia (a).

Latvia: Cannot be promoted. To play: 15/11 v Kazakhstan (a), 19/11 v Andorra (a).

Andorra: Cannot be promoted. To play: 15/11 v Georgia (h), 19/11 v Latvia (h).

Group 2 permutations

Luxembourg: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Belarus (h), 18/11 v Moldova (a). Luxembourg will be promoted with victory over Belarus.

Belarus: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Luxembourg (a), 18/11 v San Marino (a). Defeat to Luxembourg will mean missing out on promotion.

Moldova: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v San Marino (a), 18/11 v Luxembourg (h). Cannot be promoted or relegated.

San Marino: position to be confirmed. To play: 15/11 v Moldova (h), 18/11 v Belarus (h). Cannot be promoted.

Group 3 permutations

Kosovo: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Malta (a), 20/11 v Azerbaijan (h). Will be promoted if they win in Malta and Azerbaijan do not beat the Faroe Islands.

Azerbaijan: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Faroe Islands (h), 20/11 v Kosovo (a). Will be promoted with two wins in November.

Faroe Islands: position to be confirmed. To play: 17/11 v Azerbaijan (a), 20/11 v Malta (a).

Malta: Cannot be promoted. To play: 17/11 v Kosovo (h), 20/11 v Faroe Islands (h).

Group 4 permutations

FYR Macedonia: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v Liechtenstein (a), 19/11 v Gibraltar (h). Will be promoted if they secure at least four points in November.

Gibraltar: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v Armenia (h), 19/11 v FYR Macedonia (a).

Armenia: position to be confirmed. Still to play: 16/11 v Gibraltar (a), 19/11 v Liechtenstein (a).

Liechtenstein: position to be confirmed. To play: 16/11 v FYR Macedonia (h), 19/11 v Armenia (h)