Sweden will take on neighbors Denmark in a Scandinavian showdown in the Euro 2016 qualification playoffs for a spot in the tournament next summer.
The draw for the four qualification playoff matchups took place on Sunday on Nyon, Switzerland. The eight third-placed teams in the qualification groups were drawn against each other and the winners will take the remaining four spots in the tournament next summer in France.
In the other three matchups, Bosnia and Herzegovina will go up against Ireland, Norway will play Hungary, and the Ukraine will square off against Slovenia.
Sweden and Denmark are big rivals in most sports as the neighboring countries have a lot of history. Swedish national team manager Erik Hamren wasn’t pleased with getting drawn against the Danes as he think they were the best team in the playoffs.
“It was the toughest draw we could have gotten,” Hamren told Sportbladet. “With regards to our recent results against Denmark I would have liked to avoid them.”
Sweden has only won one of the last seven meetings against Denmark. The teams had a very bizarre meeting back in 2007 when the teams played in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, when a drunk Danish supporter got onto the field and punched the referee. The game was abandoned and Sweden were given a 3-0 win.
Last time the two nations met back in May 2014, Denmark got a 1-0 victory.
The first meeting will be play in Sweden on Nov. 14 at Friends Arena with the return leg in Denmark being played on Nov. 17. Denmark longtime national team coach Morten Olsen is pleased with having the second leg at home.
“It pleases me that we get the opportunity to decided it all at home,” Olsen told uefa.com. “During my time as national coach, we have qualified for major tournaments at home three times – one of these against Sweden [to reach the 2010 World Cup]. Deciding it all in front of your own crowd is always something special.”
Euro 2016 qualification playoffs schedule:
10/12: Norway – Hungary
10/13: Bosnia and Herzegovina – Ireland
10/14: Ukraine – Slovenia
10/14: Sweden – Denmark
10/15: Hungary – Norway
10/16: Ireland – Bosnia and Herzegovina
10/17: Slovenia – Ukraine
10/17: Denmark – Sweden