2022 World Cup qualifying round-the-clock: France overtakes Kazakhstan as Spain takes late victory over Georgia | Football News

 2022 World Cup qualifying round-the-clock: France overtakes Kazakhstan as Spain takes late victory over Georgia |  Football News

Ousmane Dembele inspired France to a 2-0 victory over Kazakhstan on Sunday in their second Group D game.

Four days after being held 1-1 by Ukraine at Stade de France, the world champions built their first-half victory with home side goal Sergiy Maliy adding to Dembele’s opener before Kylian Mbappe did not miss a penalty in the second half.

France climbed to the top of the standings with four points, ahead of Bosnia, which it faces away on Wednesday, Ukraine and Finland.

Ukraine will host Finland later Sunday. Kazakhstan have zero points after playing their first game of the campaign.

Paul Pogba stands up to win France’s ball in World Cup qualifiers

Only captains Hugo Lloris and Antoine Griezmann remained of the squad that started against Ukraine, with the Barcelona forward setting a new record of 45 consecutive starts for Les Bleus.

He beat the previous mark of Patrick Vieira, who started 44 straight games between 1999 and 2002.

It was Griezmann’s club teammate Dembele who broke the deadlock in the 20th minute with a right-footed shot after being set up by Anthony Martial following a defensive pass from Paul Pogba.

Dembele has just returned to France, replacing in the second half against Ukraine more than two years after his previous selection in November 2018.

Kylian Mbappe was denied the penalty in the second half

His third international goal in 23 appearances, his first since a 3-1 friendly win over Italy in June 2018, came as a welcome boost less than two months before coach Didier Deschamps named his squad for this year’s European Championship.

The Blues doubled the lead at the stroke of half-time when Maliy, who had just refused Martial, led a cross into his own net.

France were never threatened and had a big chance to add a third in the 76th minute, but Mbappe’s kick was saved by Aleksandr Mokin.

Spain wins over Georgia

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Highlights from Georgia against Spain from Group B qualifying for the FIFA World Cup.

Spain striker Dani Olmo won a 2-1 away win Georgia during their World Cup qualification on Sunday with a timeout strike from outside the area to reignite his team’s efforts to qualify for Qatar 2022 after a slow start.

Georgia delighted Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena’s 15,000 fans when 20-year-old winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia sacked them two minutes before halftime after his side passed a visiting passive defense.

Spain were on course for their first World Cup qualifying loss in 28 years until Ferran Torres equalized in the 56th, slipping to send a Jordi Alba cross into the roof of the net after Alvaro Morata failed to connect with the ball.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of Georgia celebrates after scoring the first goal
Georgia Khvicha Kvaratskhelia celebrates after scoring the first goal

Luis Enrique’s team pushed for a winner to the end and finally found one when Olmo let it fly from afar and although goalkeeper Giorgi Loria had a hand on the shot he fell right under the crossbar and into the net.

Georgian Levan Shengelia was then sent off moments before the final whistle to signal Spain’s first Group B win after a 1-1 draw at home against Greece last Thursday.

Spain will host Kosovo on Wednesday, while Georgia will visit Greece.

Ferran Torres levels for Spain against Georgia on Sunday
Ferran Torres levels for Spain against Georgia on Sunday

Meanwhile, Denmark lit the style as they struggled miserably Moldova 8-0 in their World Cup qualifying on Sunday at the top of Group F, with Kasper Dolberg and Mikkel Damsgaard both scoring twice against the nation ranked 177th in the world.

The Danes took the lead in the 19th minute when Moldovan midfielder Catalin Carp took down Joachim Andersen and Dolberg sent the low penalty to the right of goalkeeper Stanislav Namasco.

Three minutes later they were two goals ahead when a terrible Moldovan defense allowed Andreas Skov Olsen to step in from the right and put Damsgaard in place to push the ball home, and the winger scored his second seven minutes later.

Denmark vs Moldova


Highlights of Denmark vs Moldova from the European Qualifying Group for the FIFA World Cup F.

Full-back Jens Stryger Larsen added a fourth, slicing from the right before looping the ball into the net with his left foot and Mattias Jensen went 5-0 six minutes before the break.

Dolberg led his second place early in the second half before substitutes Robert Skov and Marcus Ingvartsen completed the scoring to leave the Danes in the lead with six points, with the rest of the squad scheduled to play their second games later on Sunday. Moldova have one point in their first two matches.

Elsewhere, Armenia defeated Iceland 2-0 thanks to goals from Khoren Bayramyan and Tigran Barseghyan.


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