Euro 2012 Qualifying

UEFA finalizes schedule for Euro 2012

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MINSK, Belarus (AP)

UEFA finalized the match schedule for the 2012 European Championship on Monday, seemingly putting an end to fears that some of the eight venue cities would not be ready to host games in the tournament.

Ukrainian capital Kiev was confirmed as the venue for the final and will host a quarterfinal and three group-stage matches.

Warsaw and Donetsk will also host five matches - a semifinal, three group matches and a last-eight game - after the schedule was rubber-stamped at a meeting of the European governing body's executive committee in Minsk.

Gdansk will hold four matches, including a quarterfinal, and the remaining four cities - Wroclaw, Poznan, Kharkiv and Lviv - are scheduled to host three group games.

Ukraine will host 16 of the tournament's 31 matches, the first of which will be on June 8, 2012.

Ukraine's preparations for Euro 2012 have been hindered by delays in the building of stadiums, roads and hotels, although UEFA said in August after a two-day inspection visit that authorities were on track to meet deadlines.

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