Antoine Griezmann leads France to victory in World Cup qualifying, Spain, Italy and Denmark also win

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Antoine Griezmann leads France to victory in World Cup qualifying, Spain, Italy and Denmark also win


Spain clinched a convincing 3-1 home win for Kosovo in Group B qualifying for the World Cup, despite a bad mistake by goalkeeper Unai Simon.
Dani Olmo gave Spain a deserved 34th-minute lead with a tricky chip to add to their stoppage winner against Georgia in their previous outing, while Ferran Torres shot in the second goal two minutes away. later.

Spain looked in total control as they dominated possession and played with determination, but they got Kosovo back into the game in the 70th minute when Simon lost the ball after rushing out of its surface and that Besar Halimi mercilessly leaped and marked from a distance.

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The home side quickly recovered their two-goal cushion five minutes later thanks to a header from Gerard Moreno and took the win to lead Group B with seven points after three games.

Antoine Griezmann struck again as France extended their Group D lead to four points with an unconvincing 1-0 away win over Bosnia.

Griezmann, who scored in last Wednesday’s opener against Ukraine, netted the world champions seven points in three games.

Ukraine, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Kazakhstan, have three points with Finland on two points in two matches.

Bosnia, which has not won in its last 11 outings, is in fourth place with one point.

Stefano Sensi and Ciro Immobile’s goals won Italy a 2-0 win over Lithuania while Roberto Mancini’s team have won three wins in three games in Group C.

Mancini made 10 changes to the squad that beat Bulgaria 2-0 on Sunday and it showed as the visitors struggled to knock Lithuania down on their artificial turf in the first half.

After the break however, Italy picked up speed, with half-time substitute Sensi pulling the opening two minutes into the second half, before Immobile converted a time penalty of stop to ensure the three points.

Another comfortable victory keeps Italy at the top of their group with nine points after a sixth straight victory as the Azzurri have conceded no goals in this round.

Substitute Andreas Skov Olsen scored twice in a scintillating second half as Denmark won three of three World Cup qualifying victories with a 4-0 demolition of Austria in group F.

Denmark, who crushed Moldova 8-0 on Sunday, lead the table with nine points with 12 goals scored and none conceded. Scotland are second with five points, one ahead of Israel and Austria.

After a tight first half in which Joakim Maehle came close to breaking the deadlock for the Danes, the game opened and Skov Olsen’s introduction for Yussuf Poulsen in the 55th minute s’ has proven to be crucial.

Three minutes after the change, midfielder Thomas Delaney cleared to the left and played a brilliant sloped pass that left Olsen with the simple task of crushing him into the net.

Maehle pulled it off two five minutes later before Martin Braithwaite kept his cool in a run against goalkeeper Alexander Schlager, leaping over the ball before squaring for Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg to score Denmark’s third.

Olsen completed the scoring with his second, hanging onto a long ball and twisting in and then out before firing a left-footed rocket past Schlager in the 74th minute.

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