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Georgia in dreamland as final Euros line-up confirmed

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Georgia will play at a European football championship for the first time after they secured one of the last three spots available at Euro 2024.

The Georgians - coached by former France international Willy Sagnol - defeated Greece 4-2 on penalties on Tuesday following a goalless draw after extra-time.

Midfielder Nika Kvekveskiri scored the decisive spot-kick to spark delirious celebrations from the 50,000 crowd at the Boris Paichadze Stadium in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi.

They will line up in Group F for the tournament in Germany, and will make their debut against Turkey on June 18, before facing the Czech Republic (June 22) and Portugal (June 26).

Ukraine are also going to the Euros after a 2-1 comeback win against Iceland at 'home' in Wroclaw, Poland.

Albert Gudmundsson put Iceland in the lead in the 30th minute, but Viktor Tsygankov levelled in the 54th before Chelsea forward Mykhailo Mudryk's late goal secured qualification for Ukraine, who have been unable to play matches on home soil since the Russian invasion in February 2022.

Ukraine will join Group E and play their first match against Romania on June 17. They then face Slovakia (June 21) and Belgium five days later.

Poland needed penalties to defeat Wales 5-4 in Cardiff and secure the final qualifying spot for the Euros.

Wojciech Szczesny was Poland's hero, denying Leeds United midfielder Daniel James in the final spot kick to seal a 5-4 win after a goalless draw.

"It is a cruel game and that is what I have said to the players," Wales coach Rob Page said.

"One kick away from qualifying and it hurts. We were the better team.

"I've just said to the group, 'Look how far we have come - we are that disappointed we have not qualified for a major tournament'.

"I'm just so proud of that group and the nation should be proud of them.

"We will be bigger and stronger for going through this horrible experience."

Poland will join the difficult Group D, with Netherlands, Austria and France. They start the tournament against the Dutch on June 16.

Euro 2024 starts on June 14, when hosts Germany take on Scotland in Munich.

- with PA