Kosovo close on shock Euro 2020 place

Kosovo sealed a Euro 2020 play-off place only two years after becoming a Uefa-recognised national team, as Arber Zeneli scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 Nations League thrashing of Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

Heading into the game in Pristina, Kosovo knew a draw against unbeaten Azerbaijan would be enough to wrap up top spot in Group D3 and boost their Euro qualifying hopes.

But they got off to a dream start, with Heerenveen midfielder Zeneli putting them ahead in only the second minute.

The 23-year-old scored twice more in the second half, with Dinamo Zagreb defender Amir Rrahmani also finding the net, as Kosovo completed a famous win.

Kosovo only claimed their first-ever competitive victory in September by beating the Faroe Islands, but have since won three more times in the Nations League with an incredible turnaround in form.

Bernard Challandes’ men are now unbeaten in 10 matches in all competitions, winning eight, since November 2017, having previously lost nine straight games.

( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]

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