The Euro 2020 playoff draw has taken place and two Newcastle United stars are set to square off.
Martin Dubravka’s Slovakia have been drawn against Ciaran Clark’s Republic of Ireland, as the two nations aim to reach the European Championships next summer.
Slovakia and Republic of Ireland are in Path B, with the winner then going on to face either Bosnia and Herzegovina or Northern Ireland. The winner of that game wins qualification. It’s a long winded and almost comical process to qualify.
Unfortunately for Clark and Dubravka, both players can’t reach the finals. Unlike in previous years, this won’t be a two-legged affair. The game will be on Thursday 26th March, with the final five days later.
There’s also a chance that neither Clark or Dubravka make it to Euro 2020, as the winner of the semi-final could easily lose in the final, where either Bosnia or Northern Ireland will have home advantage.
Regardless, Newcastle should have a few representatives at the tournament. Fabian Schar is a key part of Switzerland’s national side, while Emil Krafth has 21 caps for Sweden despite not making the most recent squad.