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Germany, Netherlands to clash again in tough Euro 2020 qualifying

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and the are to face off again in a tough qualifying group for Euro Cup 2020, according to the draw held Sunday in

The results of the draw pit the two historically-powerful teams against one another just weeks after they clashed in the debut Nations League, in which fared poorly while the snatched a ticket to the semifinals, reports news.

"It's a fairly standard group in terms of difficulty. Ourselves and the are the favourites and both should go through," said via the team's official

The remaining Group C countries are Northern Ireland, and

The of the German football association, Reinhard Grindel, stressed that "The Netherlands will obviously provide a stern test, but looking at the group, we simply have to qualify for Euro 2020."

Netherlands asserted that the two sides know each other well, having just played against each other, and added that he was content with the rest of the group.

Because of Germany's poor performance in the Nations League, Die Mannschaft fell to "pot 2" in Sunday's draw, from which teams were drawn into the second positions in the ten groups.

Germany won the 2014 World Cup, but was knocked out of this summer's in the group stage, while the Netherlands failed to qualify.

was drawn in the Euro 2020 Group F of alongside Sweden, Norway, Romania, the and

On paper, Spain's main rivals seem to be and Romania, ranked 14th and 24th by FIFA, respectively.

Defending champion will compete in Group B, which includes Ukraine, Serbia, and

France, the 2016 Euro runner-up and the 2018 champion, will square off against Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldavia and in Group H.

England has a relatively lightweight field in Group A, facing Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and

The winner and the runner-up of each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the 2020 Euro, which will be played in 12 European countries between June 12 and July 12.

Four other teams will book their places in the tourney through playoffs.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 22:16 IST
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