2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA: Matchday Eight Roundup

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Roundup of the eighth round of UEFA qualifiers for 2022 FIFA Cup as England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales looked to boost their qualification hopes.

England entered their match against Hungary knowing that a win coupled with results elsewhere in their favour would place them on the brink of qualification.

Scotland meanwhile were looking to boost their play-off hopes as they visited Faroe Island whilst Wales and Northern Ireland looked to keep their own play-off dreams alive away to Estonia and Bulgaria respectively.

Now here is a full roundup of all the latest action across all ten UEFA Qualifying groups as two teams booked their places at 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar next winter.

 

Group A 

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Dusan Vlahovic’s brace alongside Dusan Tadic’s 83rd minute penalty proved enough to ensure Serbia remain top of Group A with a 3-1 home win, despite Emin Mahmudov’s equaliser for Azerbaijan after Vlahovic’s opener.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick as Portugal thrashed Luxembourg 5-0 to stay one point behind Serbia in second. as Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha also found the net.

Republic of Ireland meanwhile were in friendly action as they thrashed Qatar 4-0 with a Callum Robinson hat-trick and header from Shane Duffy.

 

Group B

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Second half goals from Emil Forsberg and Alexander Isak saw Sweden defeat ten-man Greece 2-0 to move top of Group B, as Pantelis Hatzidiakos was red carded in the 86th minute following a second booking.

Zuriko Davitashvili’s 82nd minute winner ensured Georgia moved off the foot of the group with a 2-1 away victory in Kosovo, after Vedat Muriqi had scored for the hosts to cancel out a 11th minute opener from Tornike Okriashvili.

 

Group C

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Switzerland moved level on points with Italy but stay second on goal difference, after Breel Embolo’s double plus goal from Renato Steffen and Mario Gavranovic sealed a 4-0 away win over Lithuania.

Northern Ireland saw their hopes of qualifying for the Play-Offs ended in Sofia as Todor Nedelev’s brace secured a comeback 2-1 win for Bulgaria, after falling behind to Conor Washington’s opener for the visitors.

Group C leaders, Italy meanwhile finished third in UEFA Nations League after defeating Belgium 2-1 in the Third-Place Play-Off, as Nicolo Barella and Domenico Berardi netted for the reigning European champions.

 

Group D

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Andriy Yarmolenko’s 15th minute strike saw Ukraine stay second behind France despite Bosnia & Herzegovina fighting back to snatch a 1-1 draw through Anel Ahmedhodzic.

Teemu Pukki’s brace saw Finland defeat rock-bottom Kazakhstan to move above Bosnia into third and ensure that the top four are all still in a scrap for the automatic qualification spot.

Elsewhere, late goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe saw France come from behind to defeat Spain to clinch victory in the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League Final, having fallen behind to Mikel Oyarzabal’s opener for La Roja.

 

Group E

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Czech Republic retained second on goal difference following a 2-0 away win in Belarus with goals from Patrik Schick and Adam Hlozek.

Kieffer Moore’s 12th minute close range strike saw Wales stay third with a narrow win over Estonia away in Tallinn.

 

Group F

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Joakim Maehle’s 53rd minute effort proved enough for Denmark to defeat Austria and wrap up qualification for next winter’s World Cup.

Scotland remain four points clear of Israel as Lyndon Dykes deflected a 86th minute winner to edge past Faroe Islands, thereby putting their play-off fate in their own hands heading into next month’s decisive final two qualifiers.

Israel meanwhile comfortably dispatched ten-man Moldova in Be’er Sheva with a 2-1 win through goals from Eran Zahavi and Mu’nas Dabbur, despite Ion Nicolaescu netting a late injury-time consolatory for the visitors after Oleg Reabciuk’s red card in the 85th minute.

 

Group G

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Netherlands remain top of Group G following a six goal mauling of Gibraltar in Rotterdam as Memphis Depay netted twice, whilst Virgil Van Dijk, Denzel Dumfries, Arnaut Danjuma and Donyell Malen also found their names on the scoresheet.

Mohamed Elyounoussi’s brace saw Norway edge past Montenegro to stay second and two points behind Netherlands with two rounds of Qualifying left.

Burak Yilmaz’s injury-time penalty saw Turkey come from behind to beat Latvia after Merih Demiral’s 70th minute own goal put the Latvian team ahead before Serdar Dursun equalised six minutes later.

 

Group H

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Croatia twice fought from behind through Andrej Kramaric and Luka Modric to cancel out goals from Ivan Schranz and Lukas Haraslin, as Slovakia snatched a draw in Osijek.

Russia consequently moved top of Group H with a 2-1 away victory over Slovenia as Igor Diveyev and Georgi Dzhikiya sealed victory with two goals within four minutes, despite Josip Ilicic’s consolatory goal for the hosts.

Malta twice fought from behind though second-half goals from Zach Muscat and Jurgen Degabriele to clinch a 2-2 draw away to Cyprus.

 

Group I

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England stay top of Group I but saw their 20 unbeaten qualifier match run ended as John Stones’ 37th minute flick-in proved enough to snatch a 1-1 draw, after Roland Sallai fired Hungary ahead from the penalty spot following a foul from Luke Shaw on Loic Nego.

Karol Swiderski struck a 77th minute away winner for Poland in Albania to move The Eagles to within three points of England, in turn setting up a chance of snatching automatic qualification if they win their last two qualifiers next month and England slip up elsewhere.

Goals from Marc Pujol, Sergio Moreno and Ricard Fernandez saw Andorra cruise to a 3-0 away victory over fellow eliminated rival – San Marino.

 

Group J

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Germany sealed victory with a four goal victory in North Macedonia as Kai Havertz and Jamal Musiala netted either side of Timo Werner’s brace, with all four goals coming after half-time in Skopje.

Alexandru Mitrita’s 26th minute goal saw Romania defeat Armenia in Bucharest to go second, with the pair  plus North Macedonia now split by a single point with two rounds left in the fight for the runner-up spot and a place in the Qualifying play-offs next March.

Albert Gudmundsson’s brace in-between goals from Stefan ÞÓrðarson and Andri Guðjohnsen saw Iceland thrash Liechtenstein in Reykjavik.

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