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

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Roundup of the latest UEFA Qualifying action for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup which featured ruthless performances and some history-making moments. 

England took centre stage with a historic performance involving several players whilst Scotland and Wales came up against difficult opposition in Spain and France respectively.

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland meanwhile ran riot in ruthless home displays, whilst there were plenty of dominant results elsewhere across Europe in a round featuring 124 goals in total.

Now, here is a full roundup across all nine UEFA Qualifying groups in alphabetical order.

 

Group A

Sweden moved eight points clear at the top of Group A after defeating Slovakia 3-0 in Gothenburg as Lina Hurtig, Fridolina Rolfo and Amanda Ilestedt all found the net.

Denise O’Sullivan struck a hat-trick as Northern Ireland thrashed Georgia 11-0 in Dublin to go second in the group.

 

Group B

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Spain moved five points clear at the top of Group B after thrashing second-placed Scotland 8-0 as Amaiur Sarriegi, Mariona Caldentey and Aitana Bonmati all netted twice, whilst Ballon d’Or Feminin top two finishers  – Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso also found the net.

Fanni Vago’s seven-minute brace helped Hungary record their first win of the group after beating Ukraine 4-2 in a six goal thriller in Kisvarda.

 

Group C

Czech Republic’s clash against Belarus has been postponed due to positive Coronavirus cases within the Belarusian squad.

Iceland consequently took advantage of Czech Republic’s postponement to climb to second, as goals from Karolina Lea Vilhjalmsdottir, Berglind Bjorg Thorvaldsdottir, Svendis Jane Jonsdottir and Gudrun Arnardottir secured a 4-0 away win over Cyprus.

 

Group D

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England remain top of Group D after ruthlessly destroying Latvia 20-0 at home in which Georgia Stanway providing six assists and a goal, whilst Ellen White netted a hat-trick to become the Lionesses’ top goalscorer with 48 goals in 101 international appearances.

Lauren Hemp meanwhile scored four goals and created two assists, whilst Beth Mead and Alessio Russo joined White in producing hat-tricks as Bethany England, Ella Toone, Jess Carter, Jill Scott and Jordan Nobbs also found the net in England’s largest ever victory across men and women’s senior teams.

Stefanie Enzinger struck an eight-minute first-half hat-trick as Austria thrashed Luxembourg to win 8-0 and stay three points behind the Lionesses in second.

Kirsty McGuiness’ hat-trick plus braces from Rebecca Holloway and Rachel Furness helped Northern Ireland batter North Macedonia 9-0 in Belfast to stay third, as Simone Magill and Kerry Beattie also found the net.

 

Group E

Denmark moved three points clear at the top of Group E after recording a 3-1 win over Russia in which all four goals were scored after half-time.

Malja Jelcic struck a 36th minute winner as Bosnia & Herzegovina edged out Malta 1-0 in a scrappy contest in Zenica.

Ayshan Ahmadova’s 24th minute winner handed rock-bottom Azerbaijan their first victory of the campaign in a 1-0 win over Montenegro in Baku.

 

Group F

Norway remain top of Group F after comfortably beating Armenia 10-0 away in Yerevan with Elisabeth Terland and Lisa-Marie Utland collecting braces, despite the concluding 20 minutes being played on the morning of Wednesday 1 December due to adverse weather conditions.

Goals from Tine de Caigny, Hannah Eurlings and Janice Cayman plus Malgorzata Mesjasz’s own goal saw Belgium clinch a 4-0 win over Poland, who consequently slipped to third as the Belgian Red Flames climbed to second. n

Albania climbed to fourth after defeating Kosovo 3-1 away in Pristina which saw the hosts slip to fifth in the group.

 

Group G

Switzerland remain top of Group G after producing a ruthless 7-0 away win against Lithuania in which Coumba Sow netted twice.

Cristiana Girelli netted a hat-trick as Italy stay second after running riot in a 5-0 away win in Romania.

Ana Markovic, Iva Landeka, Anela Lubina and Ana Jelencic all found the net as Croatia climbed to fourth with a 4-0 home win over Moldova.

 

Group H

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Lea Schuller, Svenja Huth and Melanie Leupolz all netted in a 3-1 away win for Germany to stay top of Group H ahead of Portugal.

Jovana Damnjanovic’s brace helped Serbia defeat Bulgaria 4-1 to stay third in the group.

Ebru Topcu’s injury-time penalty saw fourth-placed Turkey complete a dramatic late comeback to defeat Israel 3-2 in Mersin.

 

Group I

Goals from Kadidiatou Diani and Selma Bacha saw France move five points clear of Wales with a 2-0 win in Guingamp, as the visitors finished with ten women after Kayleigh Green was sent off for a second yellow card offence after fouling Eve Perisset.

Slovenia and Greece remain third and fourth after playing out a goalless draw in Nova Gorica.

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