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27 October 2020, 13:49

Belarus to play Northern Ireland in UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualifier

MINSK, 27 October (BelTA) – Belarus will take on Northern Ireland in the UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualifying match on 27 October, BelTA has learned.

The entry for the match at Dinamo Stadium in Minsk will be free. The match will be umpired by a team of Spanish referees. The Belarusian team was to play Norway on 21 October. However, the match has been postponed to 2021 due to the epidemiological situation.

For the Belarusian team this will be the fifth match in qualifying Group C. Belarus defeated Faroe Islands – 6-0 (at home) and 2-0 (away), and lost to Norway 1-7 and Wales 0-1. On 27 October Wales will face Norway in Cardiff.

The Group C standings are as follows: Norway – 15 points (five matches played), Wales – 11 (6), Belarus – 6 (4), Northern Ireland – 5 (5), Faroe Islands – 0 (6).

Belarus is to play two away matches in 2020: one against Northern Ireland slated for 27 November and another against Wales on 1 December.

The nine group winners and the three best runners-up qualify directly for the final tournament, while the remaining six runners-up advance to the play-offs. The six teams are drawn into three ties to play home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last three qualified teams.

The final was initially scheduled for summer 2021 but has been rescheduled to 2022 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The postponed UEFA Women's EURO 2021 will be played in England from 6 July to 31 July 2022. Belarus has never reached the final before.

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