France register first World Cup qualifying victory after beating Kazakhstan

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France register first World Cup qualifying victory after beating Kazakhstan


France recorded their first World Cup qualifying victory, beating Kazakhstan 2-0 in Astana.

World champions France, held 1-1 by Ukraine in Paris last Wednesday, scored both goals in the first half thanks to a goal directed against their side by Ousmane Dembele and Sergiy Maliy.

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial was taken out after receiving treatment for a second-half injury and Kylian Mbappe saw his 75th-minute penalty saved.

Harry Kane ended his drought of international goals as England won 2-0 over Albania in Tirana to take the lead in Group I.

Kane directed his first England goal since November 2019 over Luke Shaw’s cross shortly before half-time and then set Mason Mount up for his impressive finish just past the hour mark.

Kane hit the underside of the crossbar with a shot before the break and Phil Foden’s effort was transferred to a post early in the second period.

Mason Mount celebrates with his English teammates after scoring in Tirana (Florian Abazaj / PA)

Dani Olmo’s goal in the stoppage time saw Spain win 2-1 against Group B rivals Georgia in Tbilisi.

Olmo struck in the second minute of added time after Ferran Torres called up Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s first-half opener for Georgia at the start of the second period.

Spain have four points in their first two qualifiers after a 1-1 draw in Greece on Thursday.

Denmark won back-to-back Group F victories, beating Moldova 8-0 in Herning.

The Danes, who won 2-0 in Israel on Thursday, led 5-0 at halftime thanks to a penalty from Kasper Dolberg, a brace from Mikkel Damsgaard, Jens Stryger Larsen and Mathias Jensen.

Dolberg came home, sixth from Denmark at the start of the second period, Robert Skov made it 7-0 and Marcus Ingvartsen finished the rout in the finals.

Armenia won 2-0 in Yerevan against Iceland to claim back-to-back wins in Group J.

Second-half goals from Tigran Barseghyan and Khoren Bayramyan earned him six points in two games for Armenia, who won 1-0 at Liechtenstein on Thursday.



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