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

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Roundup of the latest UEFA Qualifying action for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup as England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Wales all looked to keep their qualification dreams on track.

England looked to stay top of Group D and give manager, Sarina Wiegman a memorable birthday celebration as the Lionesses visited Latvia.

Northern Ireland meanwhile looked to put themselves right in the mix with England as they hosted Austria in a crucial clash for both teams.

Republic of Ireland meanwhile chased their first win in Group A as they visited Finland whilst Wales hosted Estonia in Group H in Cardiff in front of a record-breaking 5,455 fans for a Wales Women’s fixture.

Now here is a full roundup of all the latest qualifying action across all nine qualifying groups.

 

Group A

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Sweden remain top of Group A despite not featuring in this round of fixtures as Finland suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Republic of Ireland, with Denise O’Sullivan heading in a 56th minute winner after Megan Connolly’s opener was cancelled out by Adelina Engman.

Slovakia stay third after two goals in two minutes shortly before half-time from Mária Mikolajová and Martina Šurnovská sealed a 2-0 win over rock-bottom Georgia.

 

Group B

Spain reclaimed top spot in Group B with a dominant 6-0 win in Ukraine as Amaiur Sarriegi scored twice whist Alexia Putellas, Nerea Eizagirre and Alba Redondo also netted on top of Daryana Apanashchenko’s 84th minute own goal.

Fanny Vago produced a hat-trick as Hungary thrashed Faroe Islands 7-1 in Torshavn with Dora Zeller claiming a brace, as Evelin Fenyvesi and Bernadett Zágor both netted once for the Hungarian team.

 

Group C

Netherlands stay top of Group C after two goals in four minutes from Lieke Martens and Danielle van de Donk proved enough to defeat Belarus in Minsk.

Iceland climbed to second in the group as Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir’s brace helped them thrash Cyprus 5-0  in Reykjavik.

 

Group D

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Ella Toone provided a hat-trick and one assist as England remain top of Group D following a 10-0 away mauling of Latvia, with Beth Mead and Georgia Stanway both adding one goal and two assists on top of Rachel Daly’s brace, whilst other goalscorers include; Ellen White, Millie Bright and Leah Williamson.

Austria slipped two points behind the Lionesses after Stefanie Enzinger’s 91st minute equaliser saw the Austrians snatch a 2-2 draw away to Northern Ireland, after the hosts had fought back through Lauren Wade and Demi Vance to lead after Barbara Dunst had put the visitors ahead.

Julie Marques Abreu’s brace helped Luxembourg defeat North Macedonia 3-2 in a five goal away thriller in Ohrid.

 

Group E

Stine Larsen netted a brace as Group E leaders, Denmark thrashed Montenegro 5-1 away in Podgorica with Signe Bruun, Sofie Svava and Sanne Troelsgaard also netting for the Danes, despite Armisa Kuc’s 53rd minute consolatory goal for the hosts.

Russia remain second on goal difference as Anna Kozhnikova snatched a brace in a clinical 4-0 away victory in Bosnia & Herzegovina, with Nelli Korovkina and Alsu Abdullina also finding the net.

Dorianne Theuma’s 57th minute penalty and a 86th goal from Emma Xuerreb saw Malta move four points clear of rock-bottom Azerbaijan with a 2-1 win in Baku, despite Vusala Seyfatdinova’s 90th minute consolation goal for the hosts.

 

Group F

Norway remain top of Group F after defeating Belgium 4-0 in Oslo to put three points between themselves and the Belgian Red Flames, as Guro Bergsvand, Caroline Graham Hansen, Elisabeth Terland and Ingrid Syrstad Engen found the net.

Poland climbed to second with a 2-0 home win over Albania through a 40th minute penalty from Paulina Dudek and 89th minute strike from Malgorzata Mesjasz.

Liridona Syla struck a 87th minute winner as Kosovo stay fifth but moved four points clear of rock-bottom Armenia.

 

Group G

Switzerland remain top of Group G as Ramona Bachmann’s late brace alongside goals from Ana-Maria Crnogorčevi, Noelle Maritz and Rachel Rinast saw La Nati thrash Croatia in Zurich.

Valentina Cernoia, Valeria Pirone, Valentina Giacinti, Sara Gama and Arianna Caruso all netted in a ruthless 5-0 win for second-placed Italy away in Lithuania.

 

Group H

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Jule Brand netted twice as Germany thrashed Israel 7-0 in Essen with Sara Dabritz, Laura Freigang, Lina Magull, Tabea Waßmuth and Felicitas Rauch also adding their names to the scoresheet, as Die Nationalelf stay top of Group H.

Portugal remain two points behind Germany in second as Diana Silva netted twice in a 5-0 away win over Bulgaria which was opened by Yanitsa Ivanova’s own goal, with Diana Gomes and Carole Costa adding late goals to complete the rout.

Dejana Stefanovic and Nevena Damjanovic found the net as Serbia picked up their first win of this qualifying campaign, with a 2-0 home win over Turkey in Gornji Milanovac.

 

Group I

France remain top of Group I after braces from Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Melvine Malard plus a strike from Kenza Dali proved enough to thrash Kazakhstan 5-0 away in Nur-Sultan.

Sophie Ingle provided a goal and assist as Wales beat Estonia 4-0 in Cardiff to stay two points behind France in second.

Braces from Mateja Zver and Lara Prašnikar saw Slovenia stay fourth after thrashing third-placed Greece 4-1 in Larissa despite Despoina Chatzinikolaou’s 10th minute penalty equaliser for the Greeks.

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