Scotland have been drawn against Israel in the Euro 2020 play-off semi-finals.

Aiming to reach their first major finals in 22 years, Steve Clarke's side will face Israel in a one-legged tie at Hampden Park on March 26.

The winner of that match will go on to face either Norway or Serbia in the Path C final five days later.

Scotland beat Israel 3-2 at Hampden Park last November en route to topping their Nations League group and Clarke is after a repeat result in four months' time.

"The draw is what it is," he told Sky Sports News. "I never get too carried away about who you are going to play. 

"It would been nice to repeat the home win, but the match will come with its own level of pressure, which we will have to embrace.

"Being at home is very important for us. I'm sure Hampden will be full, with the Tartan Army on the march. It's a great stadium when it's full, so if we start fast we can get them all behind us."

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are on course to meet in the Path B final, having been drawn away to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovakia respectively in the semis.

In Path A, Romania travel to Iceland and Bulgaria host Hungary, while Belarus are at Georgia and North Macedonia face Kosovo in Path D.

The four play-off winners will join the 20 teams that have already qualified for the finals, which will take place in 12 different cities next year.

Rugby World Cup champions South Africa will face Scotland twice and play a one-off match with Georgia in July next year.

The Springboks secured a famous victory over England in a surprisingly one-sided final in Japan last month, Rassie Erasmus' side running out 32-12 winners. 

By contrast, Scotland failed to qualify from their pool after losing to Ireland and Japan.

The European nation will head to South Africa for a pair of fixtures on July 4 and 11, with the Springboks also scheduled to host Georgia the following week.

While South Africa and Scotland have met many times, the Boks have faced Georgia only once – in a pool match at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Georgia won one of their four games in Japan, beating Uruguay 33-7.

The venues and kick-off times for all three games will be confirmed at a later date. 

Alexander Isak was subjected to racist abuse as Sweden booked their spot at Euro 2020 with a win over Romania on Friday.

Isak, 20, came off the bench during the win in Bucharest, with the game halted shortly after his 78th-minute introduction.

While play was then allowed to continue, the Real Sociedad forward confirmed he had reported racist abuse to the referee, describing the incident as "incredibly sad".

"Of course it is sad for the moment, but at the same time we were prepared for such things to happen, even if it does not help in that way," Isak told C More.

"I think I could handle it well and the team's support was incredible too.

"We did well and it is incredibly sad that such things happen, but what should we do?"

With one game remaining, Sweden (18 points) are second to Spain (23) in Group F, with both sides having already progressed.

Finland were the other team to book their spot at Euro 2020 on Friday after a 3-0 victory over Liechtenstein, reaching their first major tournament.

Denmark and Switzerland moved closer to qualifying from Group D after wins over Gibraltar and Georgia respectively.

With 15 points, Denmark top the group ahead of Switzerland (14) and the Republic of Ireland (12), with all three teams having one game left to play.

Georgia coach Milton Haig believes he did not put too much pressure on his side by claiming their Rugby World Cup clash with Uruguay was a must-win.

Uruguay were flying high after stunning Fiji, but Georgia came out on top 33-7 in Pool D, claiming their first win of the tournament.

Haig had stated his belief that Georgia, who were defeated by Wales in their opening match, had to triumph against the South Americans if they stood any chance of progressing from a pool which also includes Australia.

The coach, who will leave his post at the end of Georgia's World Cup campaign, acknowledged his comments may have backfired, but was delighted with the reaction of his players.

"It was just stating facts really, we were at a tipping point," Haig told a news conference.

"Obviously if you lose this match everything we'd worked at for so long would have gone down the tubes. Obviously that put pressure on the players, I'm pretty sure it did but that was the reaction I wanted.

"When you're under pressure you either use it as motivation or use it as a hindrance so I wanted to see how the boys would respond and I think they responded pretty well today.

"We're still a work in progress, no doubt about that but after my eight years, I finish at the end of this World Cup, as long as I know I can walk away knowing I've given my all and made my players better then I'll be happy."

Georgia's players were left frustrated after full-time, however, when a Russian song was played in celebration of their victory, with captain Jabba Bregvadze telling reporters: "I want to take this moment to ask the person who played the Russian music, next time don't make the mistake again, please."

Haig added: "They were playing a song after the match that was a Russian song, sung by a Georgian singer but it is a Russian song.

"Again, we want to make it clear that Russia is not Georgia, Georgia is not Russia. We have a different language, different culture, different everything, so World Rugby, please make sure you get these sort of things ironed out for us."

Georgia celebrated their first win at this year's Rugby World Cup with a dominant 33-7 bonus-point victory over Uruguay on Sunday.

Uruguay were flying high after stunning Fiji, but the South Americans wilted in the stifling Kumagaya humidity as Georgia scored five tries to one in the Pool D clash.

Tedo Abzhandadze added four conversions for Georgia in a one-sided contest.

Georgia made 12 changes to their starting XV after being routed by Wales in game one, but it did not hamper the team's rhythm as they outclassed Uruguay, especially in the pack.

Alexander Todua struck first for Georgia in the eighth minute. Two cut-out passes created space for Todua, who eased into the corner after Uruguay's scrum fell apart.

And although Abzhandadze was unable to add the extras, Georgia's energy and strength continued to prove too much for Uruguay, who struggled in the sweltering conditions.

Georgia's power and muscle saw them score their second try on the half hour mark, this time courtesy of Otari Giorgadze. Another dominant scrum paved the way for the flanker to smash his way over the line and Abzhandadze converted for a 12-0 lead.

For all of Georgia's dominance, Uruguay managed to keep themselves in the game with a try against the run of play three minutes later. Quick hands unravelled Georgia, who were helpless as Andres Vilaseca ran through, with Felipe Berchesi adding the extras.

Georgia reasserted their authority two minutes into the second half, restoring their 12-point lead courtesy of Levan Chilachava after strong work again near the try line, with Abzhandadze converting.

Georgia's relentless pressure yielded another five-pointer in the 51st minute – Jaba Bregvadze securing the bonus point, with Abzhandadze's conversion proving successful – and Giorgi Kveseladze got in on the action six minutes later.

 

Georgia giants dominate Uruguay

The imposing Georgians were simply too big and strong for Uruguay. Georgia's pack weighed a combined total of 917kg, almost 100kg heavier than their opponents and it showed as they beat Los Teros for the fourth consecutive time.

Uruguay hit with reality check

The talk of the tournament four days earlier after claiming their first World Cup win in 16 years, it was a game to forget for Uruguay. In what turned out to be a match between men and boys, Uruguay barely had time in possession as they chased shadows and succumbed to Georgia's power. Their woes were compounded by a late red card to Facundo Gattas for a shoulder charge.

What's next?

Georgia will turn their attention to Thursday's clash against Fiji in Higashiosaka, while Uruguay take on the might of Australia two days later in Oita.

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