World Cup Qualifiers: Big wins for the Netherlands and Belgium as Portugal survive fear of Luxembourg | Football News

 World Cup Qualifiers: Big wins for the Netherlands and Belgium as Portugal survive fear of Luxembourg |  Football News

Belgium’s second string took the opportunity of a rare start to impress coach Roberto Martinez by beating Belarus 8-0 in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

With Martinez’s warning the players were being watched for places in the Euro 2020 squad, Michy Batshuayi, Hans Vanaken (2), Leandro Trossard (2), Jeremy Doku, Dennis Praet and Christian Benteke all scored like Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens were given the night.

He lifted Belgium to seven points after their first trio of Group E matches, while Belarus suffered their first defeat after opening their qualifying bid with a 4-2 win over Estonia at the weekend.

Belgium, at the top of the FIFA rankings, led 4-0 at halftime in Den Dreef as they inflicted the heaviest defeat in Belarus history.

Elsewhere in Group E, Dan James’ late header gave Wales a vital 1-0 win over the Czech Republic as both teams finished the match with 10 men in Cardiff.


Highlights for Wales vs Czech Republic in Group E FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Wales missed the best chance of the first half with a rare attack as Gareth Bale’s close-range effort was knocked down by Tomas Vaclik, but the hosts gained a power play after the break as Patrik Schick was kicked out for raising his hand to Connor Roberts. following a fight in the box.

Roberts was then sacked for a second booking, having received the first in the incident with Schick, but Wales played their best football thereafter and took the winner as Bale’s superb and nasty center was brilliantly led at home by James for his fourth goal in Wales (81).

Joe Rodon denied Ondrej Celustka a tackled equalizer in stoppage time with a sensational blockade in the penalty area, and Wales retained their first win of the campaign, leaving them third, one point behind the Czechs having played one less game.

The Netherlands in the second half off Gibraltar


Highlights of Gibraltar vs Netherlands from Group G European qualifier for the FIFA World Cup

Netherlands’ Winger Steven Berghuis scored one goal and put in another as they overcame an unnecessary first half to bang the minnows Gibraltar 7-0.

Luuk de Jong, Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and Donyell Malen all also scored as the visitors scored four goals in nine minutes of the second half to give an emphatic look to the score after a stammering opening period frustrated by manager Frank by Boer.

Substitute Donny van de Beek added a sixth late in the game and Depay secured their second as the Netherlands recorded their biggest away win since a 7-0 victory over San Marino in 1993.

Netherlands joined Norway and Germany in raising concerns over human rights of migrant workers in Qatar
Netherlands joined Norway and Germany in raising concerns over human rights of migrant workers in Qatar

Before the match, Dutch players again wore t-shirts designed to highlight the plight of migrant workers in Qatar, who are hosting the upcoming World Cup, joining similar protests launched by Norwegian and German players in previous matches. .

The Dutch moved up to second in Group G with six points in three games, one point behind the leaders turkey who were surprisingly held to a 3-3 draw at home by Latvia.

Turkey took a 2-0 lead in just over half an hour thanks to goals from Kenan Karaman and Hakan Calhanoglu before Roberts Savalnieks fell back. Burak Yilmaz restored Turkey’s two-goal lead from the penalty spot before Roberts Uldrikis and Davis Ikaunieks saved a point for Latvia.

Norway also won 1-0 against Montenegro. Alexander Sorloth scored his second goal in three games to secure the victory.

Portugal survives fear against Luxembourg

Luxembourg / Portugal


Highlights for Luxembourg vs Portugal from Group A FIFA World Cup qualifier

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in this World Cup qualifying campaign, but then inexplicably missed a keeper like Portugal were forced to come from behind to beat Luxembourg 3-1.

Luxembourg entered the game with full confidence after winning 1-0 against the Republic of Ireland and they took a shock lead against the European champions when Portugal’s Gerson Rodrigues, who scored against Ireland, glanced at the half hour head. .

Portugal came close to leveling twice before Diogo Jota led the equalizer in the second minute of added time at the end of the first half.

Ronaldo, who was denied a goal in the 2-2 draw with Serbia on Saturday as the ball cleared the line, put Portugal in the driver’s seat early in the second half, shooting into the lowest corner after combining with Joao Cancelo.

Ronaldo strikes for Portugal
Portugal celebrates after Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal

Ronaldo should have scored again later in the half when the ball landed at his feet after a terrible Luxembourg backpass, but Portugal’s all-time top scorer shot straight at Anthony Moris, who saved the second attempt at the ‘attacking immediately afterwards with his feet.

Substitute Joao Palhinha put Fernando Santos ‘side forward in the 80th minute by returning home from a Pedro Neto corner, also scoring for his country for the first time, while the visitors’ task became easier. when the Luxembourger Maxime Chanot was expelled for a second reservation in the 87th.

The victory put Portugal at the top of Group A with seven points after three matches, tied with Serbia, while Luxembourg are third with three points.

Early in the day Serbia were 2-1 winners against Azerbaijan.

Croatia off Malta

Luka Modric added Croatia's second place from the penalty spot
Luka Modric added Croatia’s second from the penalty spot

Croatia beat up Malta 3-0 at home after second-half substitutes Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric and Josip Brekalo struck to force the visitors to submit.

The Group H result put 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia to the top of the table with six points in three games, ahead of Russia on goal difference, after the Russians suffered a loss. 2-1 against Slovakia, third, which has five. points.

Croatia besieged the Maltese zone in the first half and created two early chances as Nikola Vlasic shot 10 yards wide while Mario Pasalic’s 14th-minute header hit the top of the crossbar.

Modric and Perisic, who started on the bench after their efforts in Croatia’s first two games, made a decisive impact after coach Zlatko Dalic pitched them shortly after the break as the home side had struggling to trace supply routes.

Croatia left late to beat Malta
Croatia left late to beat Malta

Perisic broke the deadlock by finishing at close range in the 62nd minute when he made a cross from compatriot Borna Barisic and Modric made it 2-0 with a penalty in the 76th minute after Kyrian Nwoko managed a corner from Mislav Orsic.

Brekalo added the third in the 90th minute with a simple tap-in after Perisic broke through the left flank and made a perfect pass to the back of the wing.

Robert Mak established a goal and then scored the winner as Slovakia bordered Russia 2-1, ending the Russians’ victory in World Cup qualifying.

Slovenia Qualifying hopes looked bright after beating Croatia last week, but are now quickly dissipating after a surprise 1-0 loss to Cyprus. The hosts scored against the run of play in the 42nd minute when Ioannis Pittas shot low in front of Jan Oblak. Cyprus defended deeply and only retained their second win in 14 games.


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