Scotland to host Israel in Euro 2020 playoff semifinals

The Euro 2020 playoff draw took place on Friday, with Scotland to face Israel at Hampden Park in March's semifinals.

Published : Nov 22, 2019 18:46 IST

Scotland midfielder John McGinn celebrates
Scotland midfielder John McGinn celebrates

Scotland midfielder John McGinn celebrates

Scotland has been drawn against Israel in the Euro 2020 play-off semi-finals.

Aiming to reach its first major finals in 22 years, Steve Clarke's side will face Israel in a one-legged tie at Hampden Park on March 26.

The winner of that match will go on to face either Norway or Serbia in the Path C final five days later.

Scotland beat Israel 3-2 at Hampden Park last November en route to topping its Nations League group and Clarke is after a repeat result in four months' time.

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"The draw is what it is," he told Sky Sports News. "I never get too carried away about who you are going to play. 

"It would been nice to repeat the home win, but the match will come with its own level of pressure, which we will have to embrace.

"Being at home is very important for us. I'm sure Hampden will be full, with the Tartan Army on the march. It's a great stadium when it's full, so if we start fast we can get them all behind us."

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are on course to meet in the Path B final, having been drawn away to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovakia respectively in the semis.

In Path A, Romania travels to Iceland and Bulgaria hosts Hungary, while Belarus is at Georgia and North Macedonia faces Kosovo in Path D.

The four playoff winners will join the 20 teams that have already qualified for the finals, which will take place in 12 different cities next year.

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