2022 World Cup qualifying preview: England, Scotland, France and Spain in action | Football News

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The road to Qatar for European countries continues on Sunday with further World Cup qualifiers involving England, Scotland, France and Spain.

France started their World Cup qualifying campaign unconvincingly as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ukraine on Wednesday – and Didier Deschamps’ side will look to bounce back from a artificial land in Kazakhstan.

Germany, England and Italy had winning starts, but Spain were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Greece. This quartet also returns to action on an exceptional Sunday where 15 European qualifiers take place.

Euro World Cup 2022 Qualifiers on Sky Sports

Watch Sunday’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies live on Sky Sports from 2pm; Also follow through our dedicated live blog, and watch clips of the game and highlights from the free matches on Sky Sports digital platforms.

All of Sunday’s European World Cup qualifiers are streamed live on either Sky Sports Football, Main Event, Premier League, or the red button.

Not only that, but you can also watch game clips and highlights from the free matches at Sky Sports ‘ digital platforms via our dedicated live blog, so there is a lot to look forward to, including these meetups:

Sunday games

Group B: Can Spain unblock Georgia after the surprise of Greece?


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Highlights of Spain vs Greece from Group B FIFA World Cup qualifier

Georgia vs Spain – Kick-off at 5 p.m., live on Sky Sports Premier League
Kosovo vs Sweden Kick-off at 7.45 p.m., live on Sky Sports Football red button

Spain are looking to bounce back from one of the surprise first-round results as they travel to Tbilisi in search of their first victory.

Despite dominating Greece for their entire match in Granada, the 2010 world champions were turned away by the stubborn visitors, who won a crucial point when captain Anastasios Bakasetas converted from the penalty spot. to cancel Alvaro Morata’s opening game.

Anything less than a victory for Spain would leave the door open for Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired Sweden to take control of the group, who are looking to continue their victory over Georgia to win another in Kosovo.

Group C: Italy, Bulgaria will let the others play catch-up?


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Highlights for Italy vs Northern Ireland in Group C European qualifier for the FIFA World Cup

Switzerland vs Lithuania – Kick-off at 7.45 p.m., live on Sky Sports Football red button
Bulgaria vs Italy – Kick-off at 7.45 p.m., live on Sky Sports Football red button

With Northern Ireland in an international friendly on Sunday, the first pioneers, Italy and Switzerland, have the chance to gain six points ahead of the chase pack with two games played.

Italy proved too strong for a stubborn Northern Ireland on Matchday 1, while three goals in the opening 12 minutes saw Switzerland secure a 3-1 victory in Bulgaria.

Northern Ireland’s second half performance at Parma was a welcome sign of how this team can play under Ian Baraclough, but those positive signs need to be turned into points. The problem is that they could already catch up if Italy and Switzerland do the job.

Group D: Can France set up its defense?



France face Ukraine in World Cup qualifier

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Highlights for France vs Ukraine in Group D FIFA World Cup qualifier

Kazakhstan vs France – Kick-off at 2 p.m., live on Sky Sports Football
Ukraine vs Finland – Kick off at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football red button

Things got off to a good start for France when Antoine Griezmann took them out on top against Ukraine in Paris, but a homeward goal in the second half from Presnel Kimpembe saw the defending world champions’ defense start with one game. no frustrating.

But with Kazakhstan winless in their six previous internationals, France’s next assignment is one they should go through with relative ease, despite the long and arduous journey to the Astana Arena.

Elsewhere, Teemu Pukki will look to inspire Finland with their first win and move closer to a first appearance in the World Cup final when they travel to Ukraine later on Sunday.

Group F: Can Scotland end Israel’s hoodoo?



SCOTLAND 2-2 AUSTRIA

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Highlights of Scotland vs Austria in Group F of European qualifier for the FIFA World Cup

Denmark vs Moldova – Kick off at 5pm, live on Sky Sports Football red button
Austria vs Faroe Islands – Kick off at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football red button
Israel vs Scotland – Kick-off at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Main Event

After opening their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-2 home draw against Austria on Thursday, Scotland will travel in the company of familiar enemies Israel on Sunday.

Scotland face Israel for the fourth time this season and the sixth time in two and a half years. They lost both away games, the second a 1-0 loss in November with current coach Steve Clarke at the helm.

Entering Wednesday’s meeting with the Faroe Islands – which will travel to Austria on Sunday – undefeated is a minimum requirement for Scotland, as is keeping in touch with Denmark, who are expected to record their second qualifying victory when they host the Moldova.

Group I: Can Poland and Hungary keep in touch with England?



England 5-0 San Marino

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Highlights for England vs San Marino in Group I FIFA World Cup qualifier

Albania vs England – kick off at 5 p.m.
Poland vs Andorra – Kick off at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football red button
San Marino vs Hungary – Kick off at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football red button

With England favorites to qualify out of Group I, Poland and Hungary must do their utmost to stay in touch with the current group leaders.

The gap to the top is two points after Thursday’s 3-3 draw at Puskas Arena, and no less than three points will do the trick as Poland and Hungary take on the minnows of the group. second day, Andorra and San Marino.

Group J: Will Germany keep its hold on the group?



GERMANY 3-0 ICELAND

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Highlights of Germany vs Iceland in FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group J

Armenia vs Iceland – Kick-off 5pm, live on Sky Sports Football red button
Romania vs Germany – Kick-off at 7.45 p.m., live on Sky Sports Premier League
North Macedonia vs Liechtenstein – Kick off at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football red button

Germany lead Group J after passing Iceland on their opening night. The next step for Joachim Low’s side is a trip to Romania, which started their campaign with a 3-2 victory over North Macedonia.

A German victory in Romania would open the door for Armenia to take its place among the early pioneers, but only if they are able to secure two out of two wins early in the kick-off against Iceland, who are seeking the first points of their campaign on the board.

After qualifying for Euro 2020 – their first appearance in a major tournament – North Macedonia are expected to strengthen their bid for a first appearance in the World Cup final when they host the Liechtenstein minnows.

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