2022 World Qualifiers: England, France, Spain and Italy ensure, Germany falls

2022 World Qualifiers: England, France, Spain and Italy ensure, Germany falls
2022 World Qualifiers: England, France, Spain and Italy ensure, Germany falls

The full results of this third day of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

LFrance, the reigning world champion, won 0-1 in Bosnia on Wednesday on the third day of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Among the visited, the Standardman Gojko Cimirot played the whole match and the Eupenois Smail Prevljak rose to the game (86th). In this odd group E, France is first (7 points) ahead of Ukraine (3 points), which was held in check by Kazakhstan (1-1). Ghent’s Roman Yaremchuk opened the scoring for the Ukrainians (21st) and Anderlecht’s Bogdan Mykhaylichenko played the whole match. Opponent of the Red Devils at the Euro (June 21), Finland lost in a friendly against Switzerland in St. Gallen (3-2).

In the first period, the Blues held the ball but did not find the solution against a very compact Bosnian block. The visited provided the most frank opportunity but Hugo Lloris played an incredible reflex on an attempt by Anel Ahmedhozic (26th). After the break, the French picked up at a slow pace but Adrien Rabiot placed the ball on the head of Antoine Griezmann (60th, 0-1).

In Group F, Denmark, opponent of the Devils at the Euro (June 17), taught Austria a lesson (0-4). Andreas Skov Olsen (58th, 74th), Joakim Maehle (63rd) and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (67th) signed the Vikings’ third victory. Scotland also put 4 in the Faroe Islands (1 point) and are second (5 points).

While it won in stoppage time in Georgia, Spain did not lag against Kosovo thanks to Dani Olmo (34th) and Ferran Torres (36th). Kosovo relaunched via Besar Halimi (70th, 2-1) but Gerard Moreno (75, 3-1) put things right. Spain (7 points) took the lead in Group B ahead of Sweden (6 points), who beat Estonia in a friendly match (1-0).

Italy won 0-2 in Lithuania in Group C. The Transalpines made a high pressing but little inspired, they did not really rock the Lithuanians, who were content to defend and rarely approached of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s goal. Just entered the game (46th), Stefano Sensi unblocked the situation with a dry strike from the left at the entrance to the area (48th, 0-1). Still no more dangerous, the Azzurri doubled the mark from the penalty spot by Ciro Immobile (90th + 1, 0-2). The Italy of Roberto Mancini thus joins on the shelves that of Marcello Lippi with 25 consecutive matches without defeat. Switzerland, who won their first two matches, are second ahead of Northern Ireland and Bulgaria, who drew (0-0) and have one point.

England signed a three out of three against Poland, deprived of Robert Lewandowski (2-1) and leading Group I. Harry Kane scored his 34th goal in 53 caps from the penalty spot (31st, 1-0). While they had shown nothing before half-time, the Poles were more biting on the restart. Thus Arkadiusz Milik snatched a ball from John Stones at the entrance to the area and served Jakub Moder on the left (58th, 1-1). But Harry Maguire (70th, 2-1) punished the Poles, who took time to engage offensively. In the standings, Poland (4 points) fell back to 4th position behind Hungary (7 points) and Albania (6 points).

Victorious over Romania (3-2), Armenia is the big surprise of Group J. It has nine points and is ahead of North Macedonia (6 points), which went to beat Germany in Duisburg (1-2). . In the first period, the Germans hit the crossbar on a shot from Leon Goretzka (9th) but did not have many chances. On the other hand, the Macedonians finished the period strong and on a cross from Enis Bardhi, Goran Pandev, at six meters, struck from the left (45th + 2, 0-1).

Germany equalized on a penalty by Ilkay Gundogan (63rd, 1-1) before missing several chances, notably by Timo Werner (80th). Once again, the visitors were incisive, Eljif Elnas deceiving Marc-André ter Stegen with a strike with the right foot (85th, 1-2). Suddenly, the Mansschaft remains blocked at 6 points (3rd).

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