The ultimate European zone World Cup qualifiers occurred on Tuesday with Hungary holding England to a draw at Wembley arguably the shock results of the day. Portugal thumped Luxembourg whereas Sweden and Switzerland all registered wins. Denmark have been additionally victorious and booked their place in Qatar subsequent 12 months. Nonetheless, the disappointing scenes within the away finish in London solid a shadow over the most important fixture.
UEFA World Cup qualifiers: Tuesday’s scores
Kazakhstan 0, Finland 2
Ukraine 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Kosovo 1, Georgia 2
Lithuania 0, Switzerland 4
Sweden 2, Greece 0
Serbia 3, Azerbaijan 1
Faroe Islands 0, Scotland 1
Israel 2, Moldova 1
Albania 0, Poland 1
England 1, Hungary 1
Denmark 1, Austria 0
Bulgaria 2, Northern Eire 1
San Marino 0, Andorra 3
Portugal 5, Luxembourg 0
Hungary maintain agency
The Magyars took the lead via a Roland Sallai penalty earlier than being pegged again by a John Stones equalizer and whereas the Three Lions have been anticipated to push on from there and win comparatively simply, the Hungarians held on for some extent. Albania and Poland nonetheless have a bonus within the race to the World Cup, however this retains Marco Rossi’s males in rivalry with two video games left to play in Group I. England are virtually sure to make it however nonetheless must see off the Albanians to make certain.
Sadly, England’s draw with Hungary made the headlines for the mistaken causes resulting from clashes between supporters within the away part and the minimal safety workers current. Contemplating the ugly scenes which marred this summer season’s Euro last and pending UEFA punishment, it was one other black mark. There was additionally bother throughout Albania’s 1-0 loss to Poland with the gamers withdrawn by referee Clement Turpin after Karol Swiderski scored the one purpose of the sport.
Portugal thumping Luxembourg 5-0 was essentially the most one-sided affair of the day, and it featured one other Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick because the Manchester United man helped himself to a pair on penalties contained in the opening quarter-hour earlier than ending the job three minutes from time. United teammate Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha had added to the scoring earlier than that in Group A. Serbia’s 3-1 win over Azerbaijan retains them prime of the pile with Dusan Vlahovic twice on course.
Blagult are on the verge of qualifying for Qatar after breaking Greece’s resistance with two second half objectives within the area of 10 minutes. Emil Forsberg’s penalty was added to by Alexander Isak which leaves the Greeks six factors adrift of the Swedes with two video games left to play. Spain’s go to to Athens subsequent trip in Group B guarantees to be a full-blooded affair with victory crucial to residence hopes.
The Danes are the newest facet to ebook their World Cup berth after Joakim Maehle’s purpose secured a 1-0 residence win over Austria in Group F. Extremely, the Scandinavians have executed all of it with out conceding a single purpose with a mean of higher than three scored every outing. Elsewhere, Scotland’s slim win over Faroe Islands retains them on the right track for second place.
Switzerland have been additionally massive winners on Tuesday with a 4-0 victory over Lithuania to ship them stage on factors with Italy in Group C. Breel Embolo scored twice as Renato Steffen and Mario Gavranovic acquired in on the act for the Swiss.
Northern Irish nightmare
Having led 1-0 at half-time, Northern Eire threw away three factors in Bulgaria to a pair of Todor Nedelev which was not even sufficient to maintain Bulgarian hopes alive with one recreation left and a six-point hole on Switzerland in Group C.
Finland shut hole
Earlier within the day, Teemu Pukki scored twice as Finland closed the hole on Ukraine to a single level in Group D with a 2-0 win over Kazakhstan which suggests they’ll overtake the Ukrainians if they’ll beat Bosnia and Herzegovina subsequent trip.