2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying – UEFA: Matchday Two Roundup

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Roundup of the latest UEFA qualifying action for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup as the second round of qualifiers took place across Europe.

England looked to build on their opening win under Sarina Wiegman from last Friday (17 September) as they visited Luxembourg in Group D.

Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were also in competitive action as they looked to continue their strong starts to World Cup Qualifying, against Latvia, Faroe Islands and Estonia respectively.

Republic of Ireland meanwhile were in friendly action as they clinched a shock win over 2023 hosts, Australia.

Now here is a full roundup of all the action across all nine qualifying groups as several teams looked to consolidate their bids for automatic qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.


Group A

Sara Seger’s second-half brace saw Sweden stay top of Group A after defeating Georgia 4-0 in Gothenburg, with Filippa Angeldal and Magdalena Eriksson netting in the first half.

Finland climbed to second after Ria Oling netted a 68th minute winner in Turku to defeat Slovakia 2-1, after Adelina Engman’s opener was cancelled out by Maria Mikolajova.

Republic of Ireland meanwhile were in friendly action as they produced a shock 3-2 win over 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosts, Australia.


Group B

Braces from Esther Gonzalez, Maria Caldentey and Amaiur Sarriegi plus Athenea del Castillo’s 50th minute effort saw Spain stay top of Group B, as La Roja thrashed Hungary 7-0 in Budapest to extend their unbeaten start without conceding once.

Scotland stay second as Chloe Arthur’s brace helped secure a 7-1 home win over Faroe Islands at Hampden Park, as Erin Cuthbert and Martha Thomas again were on the scoresheet whilst Christy Grimshaw, Jenna Clark and Claire Emslie also added goals.


Group C

Andrea Staskova and Lucie Martinkova’s braces helped Czech Republic thrash Cyprus 8-0 to go top of Group C, although one of their goals came from an own goal by Chara Charalambous.

Netherlands climbed to second on goal difference after Danielle van de Donk and Jackie Groenen both netted in a 2-0 away win against Iceland in Reykjavik.


Group D

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Braces from Ellen White, Alex Greenwood and Millie Bright helped England stay top of Group D following a fearless 10-0 win away in Luxembourg, whilst Nikita Parris, Rachel Daly and Bethany England added their names to the scoresheet alongside a 61st minute own goal from Jessica Berscheid.

Nicole Billa’s hat-trick saw Austria stay second as two goals from Verena Aschauer and Marie Hobinger’s 12th minute opener proved enough to defeat North Macedonia, as the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro semi-finalists won 6-0 in Skopje.

Marissa Callaghan provided an assist and goal as Northern Ireland stay third following a 4-0 home win over Latvia at Windsor Park, Belfast.


Group E

Stine Larsen netted a hat-trick as Denmark thrashed Azerbaijan 8-0 in Baku to stay top of Group E, with Signe Bruun collecting a brace for the second consecutive match after scoring in Denmark’s mauling of Malta last week.

Nadezhda Smirnova’s hat-trick helped Russia go second with a 5-0 home win over Montenegro in Moscow, with Nelli Korovkina and Anna Belomyttseva also adding their names to the scoresheet with the opening and closing goals respectively.

Late goals from Maria Farrugia and Stefania Farrugia saw Malta come from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Ta’ Qali, having fallen behind after 33 minutes through away goals from Milena Nikolic and Maja Jelcic.


Group F

Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland netted her second goal of Norway’s qualifying campaign as the Norwegians comfortably defeated Kosovo 3-0 away in Prishtina to stay top of Group F.

Jassina Blom’s hat-trick proved enough to help Belgium climb to second in a ruthless 7-0 beating of Albania, with Tine De Caigny netting a brace as Janice Cayman and Tessa Wullaert also found the net.

Weronika Zawistowska’s 27th minute winner proved enough for Poland to defeat Armenia in Yerevan to go third.


Group G

Switzerland remain top of Group G after destroying Moldova 6-0 away in Chisinau with Coumba Sow, Svenja Folmli and Alisha Lehmann all on the scoresheet again, as Ana-Maria Crnogorčević, Fabienne Humm and Riola Xhemaili netted their first goals of this World Cup Qualifying campaign.

Valentina Giacinti scored twice as Italy beat Croatia 5-0 in Karlovac to stay second on goal difference, with Sara Gama, Cristiana Girelli and Valentina Cernoia also finding the net.

Romania sit third after Mihaela Ciolacu’s 24th minute penalty and a brace from Laura Rus helped them to a 3-0 home win over Lithuania in Mogosoaia.


Group H

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Four second-half goals from Lea Schuller plus a late strike from Chelsea’s Melanie Leupolz saw Group H leaders – Germany come from behind to thrash Serbia 5-1, having initially fallen behind after only three minutes.

Goals from Telma Encarnacao, Dolores Silva, Diana Gomes and Carole Costa saw Portugal stay second after thrashing Israel 4-0 away in Rishon LeZion.


Group I

Amel Majri’s injury-time penalty saw France snatch a 3-2 away victory in Slovenia after Marie-Antoinette Katoto had netted a comeback brace for Les Bleus, following Lara Prasnikar’s opener for the hosts before Mateja Zver’s late penalty looked to had sealed a 2-2 draw in Murska Sobota.

Natasha Harding’s close-range strike sealed a fifth minute winner for Wales in Estonia, as Gemma Grainger’s Welsh Dragons stay second.

Anastasia Spyridonidou’s brace and an own goal from Aigerim Aitymova saw Greece claim a 3-2 home win over Kazakhstan in Patras.

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