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Ronaldo Scores a Hat-Trick and Denmark Qualify: World Cup Qualifying Round-up!

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Ronaldo Scores a Hat-Trick and Denmark Qualify: World Cup Qualifying Round-up!

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Ronaldo Scores a Hat-Trick and Denmark Qualify: World Cup Qualifying Round-up!

What happened in last night’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Europe? All the goals and action are right here!

GROUP A

Portugal 5 – 0 Luxembourg

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 58th hat-trick for club and country in this game, which included two penalties. Bruno Fernandes and João Palhinha made the score 5-0 to the home side at the Estádio Algarve. The victory leaves Portugal second in Group A, a point behind Serbia who they host in their final game. Luxembourg are now 3rd with 6 points.

Serbia 3 – 1 Azerbaijan

Dušan Vlahović scored one from open play and one from the penalty spot, as the Serbs overcame Azerbaijan in Belgrade. The visitors pulled one back in first-half injury time through Emin Mahmudov, but Dušan Tadić put the game to bed with another penalty on 83 minutes. Serbia now lead the group on 17 points. Luxembourg are 3rd with 6 points.

GROUP B

Kosovo 1 – 2 Georgia

Tornike Okriashvili’s 11-minute strike for Georgia was cancelled out by a Vedat Muriqi penalty on the stroke of half-time at The Fadil Vokrri Stadium in Pristina. However, the Georgians won the game through winger Zuriko Davitashvili’s 83rd-minute strike. Neither Georgia nor Kosovo will be packing their bags for Qatar, as they sit 4th and 5th respectively in Group B, on 4 points.

Sweden 2 – 0 Greece

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Just before the hour mark, Emil Forsberg’s penalty made it 1-0 to the Swedes. Alexander Isak then found the back of the net, with the clock showing 69 minutes. Centre-back Pantelis Chatzidiakos was shown a second yellow for the Greeks four minutes before time. Sweden lead the group on 16 points, from second-placed Spain who have 13. Greece are third with 9.

GROUP C

Bulgaria 2 – 1 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s slim World Cup qualification hopes were ended as a second-half collapse saw them lose 2-1 to Bulgaria in Sofia. Connor Washington opened the scoring for the visitors before a second-half brace from Todor Nedelev won the game for the Bulgarians. Northern Ireland now sit fourth in the group on 5 points. Bulgaria are 3rd with 8.

Lithuania 0 – 4 Switzerland

Switzerland travelled to the LKK Stadium in Vilnius and stuffed the hosts 4-0. The visitors netted three times in the first half, through a Breel Embrolo double and a single strike from Renato Steffen. Mario Gavranović then added another deep into stoppage time at the end of the game. Lithuania are rock bottom of the group on 3 points. Switzerland are second on 14 points, but level with leaders Italy.

GROUP D

Kazakhstan 0 – 2 Finland

A first-half double strike from Teemu Pukki was enough to sink the hosts at the Astana Arena. Kazakhstan prop up the the group on 3 points. Finland are third on 8 points.

Ukraine 1 – 1 Bosnia-Herzegovina

Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring in Ukraine for the home side, before Anel Ahmedhodžić levelled the score on 77 minutes. The 1-1 draw means that Ukraine are second in the group on 9 points, but they have played a game more than their rivals. Bosnia-Herzegovina are 4th on 7 points.

GROUP F

Denmark 1 – 0 Austria

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The Danes maintained their 100% record in Group F thanks to Joakim Maehle’s second-half goal in Copenhagen. Denmark now qualify for World Cup 2022! With just 2 games to go, Austria are out of contention in 4th place on 10 points.

Faroe Islands 0 – 1 Scotland

Lyndon Dykes’ 86th-minute effort salvaged a vital Scotland away win over the Faroe Islands and kept their World Cup qualifying bid on track. Scotland are now second in the group on 17 points. The Faroe Islands are 5th with 4 points.

Israel 2 – 1 Moldova

Ion Nicolaescu grabbed a consolation goal for the visitors at the end of the game, but earlier strikes from Eran Zahavi and Mu’nas Dabbur were enough for the home side to take all three points at the Turner Stadium in Be’er Sheva. Isreal now sit 3rd in the group on 13 points. Moldova are marooned at the bottom on just 1.

GROUP I

Albania 0 – 1 Poland

Poland’s World Cup qualifying victory over Albania in Tirana was suspended for over 20 minutes after home fans threw objects at the visiting players. Karol Świderski gave the Poles the victory with 13 minutes remaining. Poland are now 2nd in the group on 17 points. Albania are 3rd on 15.

England 1 – 1 Hungary

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Both the goals came in the first half as Hungary travelled to Wembley and came away with a draw. Hungary took the lead in the 24th minute when Luke Shaw was penalised for a high challenge and Roland Sallai scored from the spot. John Stones got the equaliser on 37 minutes, but England were unable to find a winner. England remain top of the group on 20 points. Hungary are 4th on 11.

San Marino 0 – 3 Andorra

Goals from Marc Pujol, Sergi Moreno, and Ricard Fernández Betriu were more than enough for Andorra to win this battle of tiny European nations at the San Marino Stadium. Neither team has a hope of World Cup qualification, as San Marino have 0 points and are rock bottom of Group I. Andorra are in 5th on 6 points.

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