Swiss and Danes lock in Euro 2020 berths

Switzerland's Christian Fassnacht (c) celebrates his goal against Gibraltar

Switzerland and Denmark are the latest nations to secure their spots at Euro 2020 with 19 teams now qualified.

The Swiss won 6-1 at Gibraltar to secure top spot in Group D, ahead of the Danes who drew 1-1 in Ireland

Cedric Itten scored twice and Ruben Vargas, Christian Fassnacht, Loris Benito and Granit Xhaka were also on target as the Swiss dominated their hosts.

A 73rd-minute Martin Braithwaite goal set 1992 European champions Denmark on their way way to celebrating qualification in Dublin before Matt Doherty levelled with five minutes remaining.

Ireland go into the playoffs for the third successive major tournament.

"It's disappointing, I thought we were the better team and one slip has cost us," Ireland captain Shane Duffy told Sky Sports.

"There is no blame in this team, we win and lose together. We pick ourselves up and we go again."

The 20th and last of the direct qualifiers for the 24-team tournament to be decided on Tuesday with Wales, Hungary and Slovakia are still in contention.

Qualification was no longer at stake in Monday's other group action, in which Italy and Spain won big.

Group J leaders Italy achieved their biggest win since 1948 when they thrashed Armenia 9-1 in Palermo to finish with a perfect qualifying campaign.

The victory was a record 11th in succession for the Azzurri.

Ciro Immobile, Nicolo Zaniolo and Nicolo Barella all scored twice, and Alessio Romagnoli, a Jorginho penalty and first goals from debutants Riccardo Orsolini and Federico Chiesa completed the rout, with Edgar Babayan scoring a consolation for the visitors.

"I think we have the basis to become a great team for many years," coach Roberto Mancini said.

"All of our young players are improving - playing international football adds to the quality they already possess.

"Let's not forget these 10 extraordinary wins as now we have six month to prepare for Euro 2020."

Greece accounted for the already qualified Finland 2-1 while Bosnia and Herzegovina, who won 3-0 at Liechtenstein, will seek progress in the March playoffs - a chance they secured by winning their Nations League group last year.

In Group F, Spain trounced Romania 5-0 in Madrid with a brace from Gerard Moreno and goals from Fabian Ruiz, Mikel Oyarzabal and an own goal from Adrian Rus to be assured of a top-seed place in the draw on November 30 for next summer's tournament.

The main talking point surrounding the match was reports claiming Luis Enrique could make a shock return as Spain coach - to replace his long-time assistant Robert Moreno - having quit in June after his daughter Xana was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in September.

Group F qualifiers Sweden defeated Faroe Islands 3-0 while Norway won 2-1 in Malta.