A historic achievement. Serbia to Euro 2024 finals

Serbia reached the Euro 2024 football finals scheduled in Germany for the first time in its history, despite drawing with its guest Bulgaria 2-2, on Sunday, in Leskovac in Group G, on the evening of the brilliance of Romelu Lukaku, who led Belgium to grab the top of Group F by beating Azerbaijan 5-0.
Serbia finished second (14 points) to accompany Hungary, the group leader, who had previously secured their qualification, before concluding the qualifiers by beating its guest Montenegro 3-1, raising its score to 18 points, while the losing team's balance remained at 11 points.
Serbia failed to qualify for the last four editions of the continental championship, and participated in 2000 and 2004 as Serbia and Montenegro before the latter parted ways after that.
With this, the Serbian team joins the qualifying battalion after Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, Turkey, Austria, England, Hungary, Slovakia, Albania, Denmark, Romania, Switzerland and the Netherlands in addition to the host Germany.
For coach Dragan Stojkovic: "The players showed a mentality not to give up, to believe in themselves. It's a big day for Serbian football. Serbia finally in the European Cup. I congratulate the young men who fought to the end and believed. We are happy and satisfied."
Serbia opened the scoring through German Werder Bremen defender Milos Velikovic with a header, taking advantage of a rebound from the crossbar shot by Saudi Al Hilal striker Aleksandar Mitrovic (17), but Bulgaria responded with two goals in the second half by Georgi Rousseff (57) and Kirill Dspodov (69) before Srdan Babic equalized for Serbia (81).
In the second match, Liverpool midfielder Dominik Soboszlai scored two goals for Hungary in the 66th and 68th minutes and added the third (90+3), after Montenegro took the lead with a goal by Slobodan Rubizic (36).

Lukaku Standard

In Brussels, Belgium snatched top spot in Group F from Austria with a 5-0 win over visitors Azerbaijan thanks to a quartet of Lukaku.
Belgium entered with its new German-Italian coach Domenico Tedescu the last match, ensuring its qualification in second place, two points behind Austria, which ended its matches, making the sixth victory for the "Red Devils" the key to their position on the top at the end of their career in these qualifiers.
Belgium owe Lukaku, who scored a hat-trick less than half an hour after the start before adding a fourth just before half-time, which saw a player sent off from the visitors, making the task easier for Tedesco's men, who have not lost in any of their ten games in their new mission.
Lukaku raised his tally in these qualifiers to 14 goals at the top of the scorers, enhancing his record in the colors of the "Red Devils" with 83 goals.
With his 14 goals, Lukaku became the top scorer in qualifying history after beating Northern Ireland's David Healy (13 in the 2008 qualifiers) and Poland's Robert Lewandowski (13 in the 2016 qualifiers).
The former Inter striker left the field at the beginning of the second half within four substitutions for the hosts, to keep the result the same until the last minute before Leandro Trossard added the fifth with a pass from Duku (90).
Sweden achieved a marginal third victory at the expense of its guest Estonia with two goals scored by Victor Claison (22) and Emil Forsberg (55), raising its score to 10 points in third place against an orphan point for its last guest.

Spain retain top spot and Gavi injured

Spain retained the top spot in Group A after securing their qualification with Scotland, with their thirty-fifth win in their last 36 home matches in the continental qualifiers (the only exception in this series was the 0-1 loss to Greece in June 2003), and came at the expense of visitors Georgia with three headed goals for newly naturalized Frenchman Ruban Le Norman (4) and Ferran Torres (55) and a gift from Luka Lokoshvili (72 own fouls) against a goal by Khvicha Kvaratskhilia (10).
But "La Roja" lost the efforts of young Barcelona star Gavi in the first half due to a "serious injury to the right knee", according to a source in the Spanish Federation of the game, with "waiting for tests to see how serious it is."
Spain raised its tally to 21 points in the lead, four points behind Scotland, which fell behind twice to its guest Norway and then advanced before being satisfied with a draw with three goals for John McGinn (13 from the penalty spot), Leo Ostegaard (33 own fouls) and Stuart Armstrong (59) compared to three for Aaron Dunnum (2), Jürgen Strand-Larsen (20) and substitute of Moroccan origin Mohamed Younesi (86), in a meeting during which the guests missed their absolute star Erling Haaland due to injury.

A perfect record for Portugal

Portugal finished Group J with a perfect record by beating visitors Iceland 2-0, recording their tenth victory in 10 games with 36 goals (the best attack in the qualifiers) while conceding only two goals.
Portugal's Spanish coach Roberto Martines made six substitutions to the last match against Liechtenstein four days ago, with star Cristiano Ronaldo playing in the spearhead position with help from Bernardo Silva on the left and Joao Felix on the right.
Portugal pressed from the start but waited until the 37th minute for Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes to score the lead when Bernardo Silva passed him a heeled ball on the outskirts of the area and fired it into the net.
Fernandes raised his tally to 19 goals in 63 international matches.
Ricardo Horta added the second four minutes after coming down as a reserve (66).
Portugal was guaranteed its qualification with Slovakia, which in turn beat its host Bosnia with two goals by Robert Bogenik (52) and Lubomir Satka (71) in exchange for a gift goal from Patrick Hrosovski (49) in a meeting completed by the hosts with ten players after the expulsion of Renato Gojkovic (63).