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European qualifiers: Spain, France and England win against Danish riot European qualifiers


Spain had to dig deep to secure their first win in the European qualifiers and Denmark posted a record result against Moldova, with Sunday’s matches also claiming wins for heavyweights including France, England, l ‘Germany and Italy.
Keep track of the pre-tournament form of all EURO teams, including recent results, lineups and upcoming matches.

Sunday


Italy defeated Bulgaria

Italy defeated BulgariaGetty Images

Group B: Georgia 1-2 Spain, Kosovo 0-3 Sweden
Group C:
Bulgaria 0-2 Italy, Switzerland 1-0 Lithuania
Group D:
Kazakhstan 0-2 France, Ukraine 1-1 Finland
Group F:
Denmark 8-0 Moldova, Austria 3-1 Faroe Islands, Israel 1-1 Scotland
Group I:
Albania 0-2 England, Poland 3-0 Andorra, San Marino 0-3 Hungary
Group J:
Armenia 2-0 Iceland, North Macedonia 5-0 Liechtenstein, Romania 0-1 Germany

Georgia 1-2 Spain

Dani Olmo’s latest strike gave Spain a spectacular first victory in qualifying after the visitors initially fell behind. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia completed a smooth movement just before half-time to put Georgia in the lead, but Ferran Torres started the comeback sliding after the restart.
next: Espagne vs Kosovo (31/03)

Kazakhstan 0-2 France


France was too strong for Kazakhstan

France was too strong for KazakhstanAFP via Getty Images

France started with just two of the players starting their opener against Ukraine, but still won comfortably thanks to Ousmane Dembélé’s early strike and his own goal from Sergei Maliy. Exceptional throughout, goalkeeper Aleksandr Mokin saved Kylian Mbappé’s penalty in the second period.
next: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs France (03/31)

Denmark 8-0 Moldova

Denmark racked up their record for a major tournament qualifying victory thanks to a stellar performance from a largely second-string side. Five goals in 21 minutes of the first half took their toll, with Sampdoria’s Mikkel Damsgaard scoring two. Kasper Dolberg also struck twice as Denmark claimed two out of two wins at the start of a qualifying campaign for the first time since 1996.
next: Austria vs Denmark (03/31)

Albania 0-2 England


Harry Kane gave England the advantage over Albania

Harry Kane gave England the advantage over AlbaniaThe FA via Getty Images

England had successive victories to start their campaign thanks to the brave header of Harry Kane in the first half and the fine finish by Mason Mount just past the hour. Only the woodwork kept the Tottenham striker from adding to his tally, while Etrit Berisha’s smart save turned Phil Foden’s drive into a post.
next: England vs Poland (03/31)

Bulgaria 0-2 Italy

Italy found Bulgaria hard to break in Sofia, but led in the interval thanks to a well-struck penalty from Andrea Belotti. The hosts were equally stubborn in the second half, although they never really disturbed the four-time World Cup winners, who added a late second thanks to Manuel Locatelli’s first international goal.
next: Lithuania vs Italy (03/31)

Romania 0-1 Germany


Serge Gnabry sacked Germany ahead of Romania

Serge Gnabry sacked Germany ahead of RomaniaGetty Images

Germany rose to the top of Group J after a tense and relentless victory, Serge Gnabry’s 17th minute goal was enough to seal the three points for the visitors despite late chances for Romania.
next: Germany vs North Macedonia (03/31)

Kosovo 0-3 Sweden

Sweden came back to victory to maintain their start at 100%. Ludwig Augustinsson shot in the first, Alexander Isak added a second and Sebastian Larsson’s penalty contributed to the score, with Bernard Berisha being sent off late for the hosts.
next: Sweden vs Estonia (03/31)

Poland 3-0 Andorra


Robert Lewandowski added to his scoring record in Poland

Robert Lewandowski added to his scoring record in PolandAFP via Getty Images

Poland worked for the win over Andorra in Group I. Robert Lewandowski recorded close-range salvos on either side of the break, but trailed before having his right knee frosted – a potential concern ahead of the Poland in England on Wednesday. Substitute Karol Świderski scored a third third as Andorra lost their 20th consecutive World Cup qualifying away game.
next: England vs Poland (03/31)

Switzerland 1-0 Lithuania

It took Xherdan Shaqiri less than three minutes to open the scoring in this Group C encounter, but Switzerland had to endure a nervous night in St. Gallen as Lithuania defended fiercely. However, the visitors couldn’t arrange a comeback as the Swiss scored six points in two games.
next: Switzerland vs Finland (03/31)

Ukraine 1 – 1 Finland


Pukki on Finland's confidence

Pukki on Finland’s confidence

Teemu Pukki’s late penalty saved a point for Finland. Dominant Ukraine finally broke through thanks to Júnior Moraes with ten minutes left, but Vitaliy Mykolenko shot Pukki into the box and was sent off, allowing the forward to level him.
next: Ukraine vs Kazakhstan, Switzerland vs Finland (03/31)

Israel 1-1 Scotland

Israel had looked on course for their fourth win in 16 internationals thanks to a shout from Dor Peretz, but Scotland changed form and took a point as Che Adams marked their first start for Scotland with an assist for Ryan Fraser.
next: Scotland vs Faroe Islands (03/31)

Austria 3-1 Faroe Islands


Austria recorded their first win in Group F

Austria recorded their first win in Group F Getty Images

The home side had an early shock when Sonni Ragnar Nattestad led the Faroes to a corner from the start, but Aleksandar Dragović quickly equalized from a similar route and well-worked goals from Christoph Baumgartner and Sasa Kalajdzic offered the ‘Austria a cushion at half-time. they never seemed to give up.
next: Austria vs Denmark (03/31)

San Marino 0-3 Hungary

Ádám Szalai threw the ball for Hungary with an early penalty following Manuel Battistini’s challenge to Roland Sallai. Although San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini turned Sallai down soon after, the Freiburg striker made amends with a looping header in the final 20 minutes, before substitute Nemanja Nikolić converted his own penalty.
next: Andorra vs Hungary (03/31)

North Macedonia 5-0 Liechtenstein


North Macedonia impressed against Liechtenstein

North Macedonia impressed against LiechtensteinAFP via Getty Images

The hosts ran out of winners after taking the lead via Enis Bardi’s opportunistic free kick at the start. Aleksandar Trajkovski’s double quickfire shortly after the restart secured the points, with Eljif Elmas’ fine finish and Ilija Nestorovski’s cheeky penalty closing the scoring.
next: Germany vs North Macedonia (03/31)

Saturday

Group A: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Luxembourg, Serbia 2-2 Portugal
Group E:
Belarus 4-2 Estonia, Czech Republic 1-1 Belgium
Group G:
Montenegro 4-1 Gibraltar, Norway 0-3 Turkey, Netherlands 2-0 Latvia
Group H:
Russia 2-1 Slovenia, Croatia 1-0 Cyprus, Slovakia 2-2 Malta

Serbia 2-2 Portugal


Highlights: Serbia 2-2 Portugal (2 minutes)

Highlights: Serbia 2-2 Portugal (2 minutes)

Portugal let a two-goal lead slip away as Nemanja Radonjić inspired Serbia’s return to undo Diogo Jota’s brace in the first half. Aleksandar Mitrović made history as Serbia’s all-time top scorer with 39 goals before Filip Kostić won the equalizer. Nikola Milenković saw the red for Serbia.
next: Luxembourg vs Portugal (30/03)

Czech Republic 1 – 1 Belgium

These nations could not be separated in an entertaining raffle. The hosts led via Lukáš Provod’s long-range effort right after the restart, with Romelu Lukaku leveling things on time. Kevin De Bruyne and Jan Bořil both touched the woodwork as the teams looked for a late winner.
next: Wales vs Czech Republic, Belgium vs Belarus (03/30)

Norway 0-3 Turkey


Highlights: Norway 0-3 Turkey (2 minutes)

Highlights: Norway 0-3 Turkey (2 minutes)

Ozan Tufan struck twice as Turkey claimed back-to-back victories. The midfielder swept his side in four minutes and Çağlar Söyüncü propelled a header before Ozan curled up in a sublime third. Norwegian substitute Kristian Thorstvedt was sent off late.
next: Turkey vs Latvia (03/30)

Netherlands 2-0 Latvia

The Netherlands came back to victory thanks to a superb strike from Steven Berghuis and a header from Luuk de Jong in the second half. The Sevilla forward was one of two Oranje players to shake the woods during the first half of a dominant Dutch display, with Davy Klaassen also nodding against the bar.
next: Gibraltar vs Pays-Bas (30/03)

Russia 2-1 Slovenia


Highlights: Russia 2-1 Slovenia (2 minutes)

Highlights: Russia 2-1 Slovenia (2 minutes)

Artem Dzyuba’s clinical first-half brace helped Russia extend their perfect start to qualifying. Josip Iličić responded before the interval with a superb effort for Slovenia, whose nine-game unbeaten streak came to an end.
next: Slovakia vs Russia (03/30)

Croatia 1-0 Cyprus

Mario Pašalić’s first-half header was enough for Croatia to sneak past Cyprus and end a five-game winless streak on the night captain Luka Modrić made a record 135th appearance for his country.
next: Croatie vs Malte (30/03)

Slovakia 2-2 Malta


Highlights: Slovakia 2-2 Malta (2 minutes)

Highlights: Slovakia 2-2 Malta (2 minutes)

Malta hung on to a famous draw in Slovakia, after leading 2-0 at the break. With 14 losses and one draw since the last World Cup qualifying victory in 2013, the visitors scored two in five minutes thanks to Luke Gambin and Alexander Satariano, only to be caught by second-half goals from Dávid Strelec and Milan Škriniar.
next: Slovakia vs Russia (03/30)

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