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

Roundup of the latest UEFA Qualifying action for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup featuring all five home nations in action.

England looked to continue to lead Group D as they met Northern Ireland in a tasty home nations derby at Wembley Stadium in Group D, whist Scotland and Wales looked to continue their qualification challenges elsewhere as Republic of Ireland finally got their Qualification bid underway.

Now here is a full roundup of all the latest Qualifying action across Europe.


Group A

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Sweden remain top of Group A after Louis Quinn deflected Stina Blackstenius’ 39th minute shot into her own net, which proved enough for the Swedes to snatch a 1-0 away win over Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

Finland stay second after goals from Linda Sällstörm, Sanni Franssi and Emmi Alanen secured a 3-0 away win over Georgia.


Group B

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Rachel Corsie’s 90th minute header saw Scotland move top of Group B with a 2-1 home win over Hungary, after Christy Grimshaw’s opener was cancelled out by Fanny Vago.

Ukraine stay third as Nicole Kozlova, Roksolana Kravchuk, Olha Boychenko and Kateryna Korsun all scored in a 4-0 thrashing of Faroe Islands in Kovalivka.


Group C

Jill Roord netted a hattrick as Netherlands thrashed Cyprus 8-0 in Larnaca to go top of Group C, with Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema amongst five other goalscorers aside from Roord.

Czech Republic consequently slipped to second after Barbora Votikova’s 12th minute own goal sent them on their way to a shock 4-0 away loss in Iceland, as Dagný Brynjarsdóttir, Svava Guðmundsdóttir and Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir also added their names to the scoresheet.


Group D

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A second-half hattrick from substitute – Beth Mead alongside a flick-in goal from fellow sub, Bethany England saw England thrash Northern Ireland 4-0 to stay top of Group D.

Nicole Billa’s brace helped Austria thrash Luxembourg to stay second behind the English Lionesses on goal difference.

Nataša Andonova’s brace helped North Macedonia clinch a 4-1 away win in Latvia to move above their hosts into fourth place.


Group E

Signe Bruun fired in five goals as Denmark mauled Bosnia & Herzegovina 8-0 in Viborg to stay top of Group E, with Chelsea’s Pernille Harder also getting on the scoresheet either side of goals from Mille Geji and Sara Thrige.

Russia stay second in the group after thrashing Malta 3-0 in Khimki in which Nelli Korovkina, Kristina Mashkova and Anna Belomyttseva scored with the latter two netting in the second half.

Sladana Bulatovic and Andela Toškovic both found the net as Montenegro comfortably dispatched Azerbaijan 2-0 in Podgorica.


Group F

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Tessa Wullaert’s hattrick and Justine Vanhaevermaet’s brace comfortably saw Belgium thrash Kosovo to move top of Group F, with Janice Cayman and Tine De Caigny also finding the net.

Norway consequently slipped to second after being held to a goalless draw away to Poland in Lodz.

Megi Doci and Mimoza Hamidi both netted twice as Albania beat Armenia 5-0 in Tirana, with Esi Lufo’s 91st minute effort rounding off a dominant victory.


Group G

Ana-Maria Crnogorčević’s brace saw Switzerland defeat Romania in Zurich to stay top of Group G by virtue of one more goal scored than Italy.

Italy’s Le Azzurre thrashed Croatia 3-0 in Castel di Sangro with goals from Valentina Cernoia, Cristiana Girelli and Valeria Pirone to stay second, albeit with one goal less than Switzerland.

Lithuania’s clash with Moldova meanwhile has been postponed until June 2022.


Group H

Svenja Huth’s 18th minute effort proved enough for Germany to scrape a 1-0 away win in Israel and stay top of Group H.

Dolores Silva’s 52nd minute penalty saw Portugal snatch a 2-1 home win over Serbia to stay second, after Ana Borges’ 28th minute opener was cancelled out by Nina Matejic in first-half injury-time.

Turkey snatched a 76th minute winner through Yagmur Uraz to defeat Bulgaria to sit third in the group.


Group I

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Aissatou Tounkara featured amongst ten different goalscorers as France ruthlessly beat Estonia 11-0 in Creteil, with Tounkara being the only player to net twice with her brace coming in the space of seven second-half minutes.

Kayleigh Green’s 71st minute header just four minutes before she was red carded saw Wales snatch a comeback 1-1 draw in Slovenia, having initially fallen behind to Manja Rogan’s 69th minute strike from 20 yards.

Grigoria Pouliou’s 85th minute winner saw Greece defeat Kazakhstan in Nur-Sultan to climb above Slovenia into third.

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