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

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

Whilst Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland were away from home, Wales, Scotland and England all faced difficult home fixtures against Greece, Ukraine and Austria respectively in the eye of Storm Arwen as they continued their chase for a World Cup qualification place.

Elsewhere, Netherlands survived a snow-induced postponement to snatch a draw in Czech Republic whilst Belgium ran riot at home to Armenia amongst other highlights in this round of Qualifying as we kick off our roundup with Group A.

 

Group A

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Sweden opened a six-point lead at the top of Group A with a 2-1 win over second-placed Finland as Lina Hurtig netted a 80th minute winner for the Swedes after Fridolina Rolfo’s opener was cancelled out by Linda Sallstrom.

Katie McCabe’s 65th minute equaliser saw Republic of Ireland snatch a 1-1 draw at home to Slovakia, after the visitors had taken the lead through Martina Surnovska.

 

Group B

Esther Gonzalez produced four goals as Spain thrashed Faroe Islands to remain top of Group B whilst Aitana Bonmati and Maria Caldentey netted braces, as Alba Redondo, Alexia Putellas and Amaiur Sarriegi all netted once.

Scotland slipped two points behind in second after Abi Harrison’s 93rd minute header rescued the Tartan Army a 1-1 draw against Ukraine at Hampden Park, Glasgow, after falling behind in the 22nd minute to Roksolana Kravchuk’s opening strike for the visitors.

 

Group C

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Netherlands remain top of Group C after twice fighting back to snatch a 2-2 draw away to Czech Republic, after surviving a 16 hour delay due to heavy snow in Ostrava with Danielle van de Donk and Stefanie van der Gragt scoring second-half goals for the 2019 World Cup runners-up.

Cyprus picked up their first point in the group after Filippa Savva’s 60th minute equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw at home to Belarus, after Anna Pilipenko had fired the visitors ahead in the 24th minute.

 

Group D

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Ellen White marked her 100th international cap by smashing in the winning goal as England opened up a five-point lead at the top of Group D with a 1-0 home win over second-placed Austria at Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Simone Magill delivered four goals as Northern Ireland thrashed North Macedonia 11-0 away in Skopje, with Rachel Furness also netting a hat-trick for the third-placed Green and White Army.

Latvia and Luxembourg didn’t participate in this set of fixtures after their clash was arranged for June 2022.

 

Group E

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Katherine Kuhl, Signe Bruun and Emma Snerle all found the net as Denmark remain top of Group E with a 3-0 away win against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Russia continue to sit second on goal difference following a 4-0 away win over Azerbaijan in which Marina Fedorova, Alsu Abdullina, Alena Andreeva and Margarita Chernomyrdina all put their names on the scoresheet.

Goals from Armisa Kuc and Helena Bozic saw Montenegro beat Malta 2-0 in Ta’ Qali to stay third.

 

Group F

Frida Maanum’s brace helped Norway thrash Albania 7-0 in Tirana to stay top of Group F in which WSL’s Guro Reiten and Maria Thorisdottir also found the net.

Goals from Karolina Gec and Martyna Wiankowska helped Poland come from behind to defeat Kosovo 2-1 away in Pristina, after the Liridona Syla fired the hosts ahead in the fourth minute.

Tessa Wullaert netted five goals as Belgium thrashed Armenia 19-0 in Leuven whilst Amber Tysiak and Tine De Caigny both produced hat-tricks as eight different players found the net.

 

Group G

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Switzerland remain top of Group G after Coumba Sow and Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic netted in a 2-1 win over second-placed Italy.

Romania remain third after Ioana Balaceanu, Mihaela Ciolacu and Cristiana Carp all netted second-half goals in a 3-0 home win over Moldova.

Croatia and Lithuania scored their first points of the season after playing out a goalless draw in Pula.

 

Group H

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Lea Schuller’s hat-trick helped Germany to a 8-0 home win over Turkey as the two-time world champions remain top of Group H.

Portugal remain two points behind in second after Carolina Mendes’ hat-trick and a goal from Diana Gomes sealed a 4-0 win over Israel.

Serbia climbed to third after Jovana Damnjanovic’s brace and a strike from Nevena Damjanovic wrapped up a 3-0 home win over Bulgaria.

 

Group I

Everton’s Valerie Gauvin and Kenza Dali were both on the scoresheet as France thrashed Kazakhstan 6-0 in Vannes to stay top of Group I.

Ceri Holland’s brace helped Wales thrash Greece 5-0 to stay second despite both teams overcoming stormy conditions in Llanelli caused by Storm Arwen.

Lara Prasnikar struck twice as Slovenia thrashed Estonia 6-0 in Nova Gorica with Kaja Korosec, Spela Kolbl and Zala Kustrin also finding the net, on top of a 79th minute own goal from Pille Raadik.

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