Kosovo government gives financial reward to national team

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The first ever UEFA Nations League group stage is now over, as all four leagues officially concluded play on Tuesday.

Kosovo's government has made a decision to give a reward of 500,000 euros ($570,000) to the national soccer team as a reward for topping their group in the UEFA Nations League and securing at least a playoff spot in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship.

But they got off to a dream start, with Heerenveen midfielder Zeneli putting them ahead in only the second minute.

More importantly for the Netherlands, the draw for the Euro 2020 qualifiers have become simpler for Oranje, who will be a top seed and one of the four nations that will be placed in a group of five instead of six.

One thing to note. there can only be a maximum of two host nations in any group.

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If Ukraine make it to Euro 2020 through qualification for this tournament, its place in the playoffs is the next ranked team in the division.

Needing just a draw to finish top of Group C1, Brighton midfielder Beram Kayal got them off to the ideal start when he fired home a stunning 30-yard strike in the ninth minute.

Germany, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic.

Pot 3: Slovakia, Turkey, Rep. of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Serbia, Finland, Scotland, Israel and Bulgaria.

Pot 6: Latvia, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Malta, San Marino.

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Once the action got underway in the crunch game in Nations League Group C1, it was Scotland who were caught cold when the Israelis opened the scoring on 9 minutes through Beram Kayal.

He was also was forced to dismiss speculation about there being unrest in the Scotland camp after no fewer than nine players pulled out of the final Nations League double header.

Both teams finished on seven points but a scoreless draw in Russian Federation and Tuesday's win in Stockholm propelled the Swedes into the top tier of the new competition as group winners.

Group A: Rome, Italy; Baku, Azerbaijan.

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