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UEFA World Cup Qualifiers: Results [March 28, 2021]

UEFA 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

March 28, 2021

Kazakhstan 0-2 France

Ousmane Dembele was on target as a much-changed France team recorded their first win of the Qatar 2022 qualifiers. Didier Deschamps made nine alterations to the team that drew 1-1 at home with Ukraine, and two of the players brought in “ Anthony Martial and Dembele “ combined for the latter to smash home a 20th-minute opener. The points were all but secured just before half-time, when Kazakhstan™s Sergiy Maliy “ in wrestling with Paul Pogba at an Antoine Griezmann corner “ inadvertently headed past his own keeper. France could have added more in the second half but saw substitute Kylian Mbappe denied from the penalty spot by a fine Aleksandr Mokin save.

Armenia 2-0 Iceland

There was an upset in Yerevan as 99th-ranked Armenia beat 2018 FIFA World Cup„ debutants and 46th-ranked Iceland 2-0 in the sides™ first-ever World Cup qualifier. Tigran Barseghyan opened the scoring with an inch-perfect finish, curled away from the experienced keeper Hannes Halldorsson. Barseghyan then turned provider as he found substitute Khoren Bayramyan with a lofted pass. Bayramyan took on his marker before finishing into the far corner as Armenia won their first two qualifiers of a campaign for the first time in history, while Iceland fell to a seventh successive defeat in all competitions.

"It's good to have won here tonight, and it'd be very good to win again on Wednesday!" Ÿ’Ÿ‡Ÿ‡

Didier Deschamps gives us his thoughts on the 2-0 win over Kazakhstan Ÿ‡Ÿ‡ and looks ahead to our next World Cup 2022 qualifier in Bosnia-Herzegovina Ÿ‡Ÿ‡. #FiersdetreBleus

” French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) March 28, 2021
Albania 0-2 England

Harry Kane scored one and set up another on his return to the England line-up as the 2018 semi-finalists maintained their perfect start. Albania provided resolute opposition for Gareth Southgate™s side but were finally undone as half-time approached when Kane threw himself at Luke Shaw™s inviting left-footed cross to power in a superb header. The England captain, who rattled the crossbar soon after, helped secure the points midway through the second half when he threaded through a precise pass for Mason Mount to curl home from just inside the box. The Three Lions are now unbeaten in their last 23 World Cup qualifiers.

Georgia 1-2 Spain

Dani Olmo dramatically snatched Spain a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in Georgia that sent them on to four points from two games in Group B. Although Spain monopolised the ball, Georgia looked dangerous on the counter-attack and got their reward from one just before half-time. Otar Kiteishvili did brilliantly to find Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who thumped the ball into the bottom corner. Ferran Torres slid home a 56th-minute equaliser from Jordi Alba™s cross, before the same provider set up Olmo for an injury-time winner. Nika Kvekveskiri was then sent off for the hosts.

Denmark 8-0 Moldova

Denmark recorded their biggest ever World Cup qualifying win with an impressive demolition job on Moldova. Despite making several changes to the team that cruised to victory in Israel, the Danes were slick and effective from the opening whistle “ racing into a 5-0 lead by half-time. Mikkel Damsgaard opened his international account with a brace on his first competitive start, and Kasper Dolberg also bagged a double. Jens Stryger Larsen, Mathias Jensen, Robert Skov and Marcus Ingvartsen were the other players on target as the Danes stretched to 11 matches their unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers.

Ÿ‡Ÿ‡ Doubles from 20-year-old Mikkel Damsgaard and Kasper Dolberg power Denmark to a 8-0 defeat of Moldova “ their biggest-ever win in #WCQ Ÿ‰

” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) March 28, 2021
San Marino 0-3 Hungary

Hungary moved on to four points from a possible six in Group I with a 3-0 win in San Marino. The first half was a tale of two penalties, with Adam Szalai coolly slotting Hungary ahead before Elia Benedettini™s save stopped Roland Sallai doubling the advantage. The latter made amends in the 71st minute with a looping header, and Nemanja Nikolic got a third with a late spot-kick.

Kosovo 0-3 Sweden

Sweden cruised to a 3-0 victory away to Kosovo that left them two points clear of Spain at the top of Group B. Ludwig Augustinsson, whose first international goal helped Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 to win Group F at Russia 2018, got his second to break the deadlock. Then, after good work from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexander Isak coolly dispatched the rebound after his initial shot was saved. Sebastian Larsson™s 70th-minute penalty just crept in to complete a good evening™s work for the USA 1994 semi-finalists.

Ukraine 1-1 FinlandTeemu Pukki™s last-gasp penalty snatched Finland a point away to Ukraine. The hosts dominated the game, but it took until the 80th minute for them to get the goal their play deserved. The impressive Oleksandr Karavaiev set up Junior Moraes, who made no mistake from close range. It nevertheless awoke Finland, and after Paulus Arajuuri had hit the post, Pukki won and scored a penalty. Vitaliy Mykolenko was then sent off to complete a miserable night for Ukraine.

Austria 3-1 Faroe Islands

Austria came from a goal down to record a comfortable victory at home to the Faroe Islands. The hosts, who fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Scotland on Thursday, suffered a shock early setback when Sonni Ragnar Nattestad rose at the near post to head home from a corner. But Austria held their nerve, and were 3-1 in front by half-time thanks to goals from Aleksandar Dragovic “ his first at international level since 2014 “ Christoph Baumgartner and the in-form Sasa Kalajdzic.

Israel 1-1 Scotland

Ryan Fraser cancelled out Dor Peretz™s stunning 30-yard opener as Israel and Scotland battled to a hard-fought draw in Tel Aviv. The Israelis were the better side throughout the first half, and should have been in front long before Peretz™s long-range effort evaded Scotland™s UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying hero, David Marshall. But the Scots improved after the break and levelled when Che Adams, making his first start, teed up Fraser for a smart right-foot finish from just outside the box.


North Macedonia 5-0 Liechtenstein

North Macedonia bounced back from an opening-match defeat to Romania to sweep aside Liechtenstein. They were indebted to a goalkeeping error for their seventh-minute opener, with Benjamin Buchel allowing Enis Bardhi™s harmless looking free-kick from the left to sneak through his grasp and in at the near post. But there was no good fortune needed in the second half, when the EURO-bound hosts™ class told in the shape of goals from Aleksandar Trajkovski (2), Elif Elmas and a Panenka penalty from Ilija Nestorovski.

Austria turn it around in Vienna after going a goal down against Faroe Islands Ÿ‡Ÿ‡Ÿ’

š️ Dragovi‡š️ Baumgartnerš️ Kalajdzic#WCQ

” European Qualifiers (@EURO2020) March 28, 2021
Bulgaria 0-2 Italy

Italy™s fourth successive 2-0 win extended their unbeaten run to 24 matches and kept them perfect In Group C. Andrea Belotti clinically found the bottom corner with a penalty he himself won in the first half, and substitute Manuel Locatelli put the result beyond doubt with a sublime curler late on.

Poland 3-0 Andorra

Robert Lewandowski picked up right where he left off “ he scored Poland™s equaliser in their pulsating 3-3 draw with Hungary “ with The Best FIFA Men™s Player putting them ahead when his sliced free-kick took a heavy deflection and broke the deadlock. Lewandowski doubled his tally on the night with a scrappy goal, initially mis-controlling Kamil Jozwiak™s cross before finishing past Iker Alvarez. Karol Swiderski added a third for Paulo Sousa™s side with a fine, stabbed finish poked in from Kamil Grosicki™s curling cross to give Poland their first win in Qatar 2022 qualifying.

Romania 0-1 Germany

Germany kept their place at the top of Group J with a 1-0 win over Romania in Bucharest. Serge Gnabry, who had two assists in his side™s opening 3-0 win against Iceland, scored the only goal of the evening. Kai Havertz picked out the Bayern Munich forward, who finished from close range.

Switzerland 1-0 LithuaniaSwitzerland joined Italy at the top of Group C by edging Lithuania 1-0. After a delay to the game, Switzerland raced into the lead when Xherdan Shaqiri scored within 90 seconds. Lithuania were sloppy playing out of the back and they paid for it. Breel Embolo found Shaqiri and the Liverpool winger finished with ease. That would prove to be enough for Vladimir Petkovic's side to get their campaign off to a perfect start.
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