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World Cup Qualifying Round-Up: All of Saturday’s Monumental Matches!

Who has qualified, who is still fighting, and who is out of contention for Qatar next year? All the action and talking points are right here!

Group D

France 8 – 0 Kazakhstan

Kylian Mbappé became the first France player to score a competitive hat-trick since 1985, as the reigning world champions thrashed Kazakhstan 8-0 and secured their place at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Kazakhstan must now regroup and look to their international friendly against regional rivals, Tajikistan, on Tuesday.

Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 – 3 Finland

The Finns travelled to Zenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina and came away with a 3-1 away victory, thanks to goals from Marcus Forss, Daniel O’Shaughnessy, and Robin Lod.

Finland are now second in Group D, with 11 points, and appear to have a good chance of qualifying for a play-off place. Bosnia-Herzegovina are out of World Cup contention, with 7 points and in 4th position.

Group E

Belgium 3 – 1 Estonia

World number one side Belgium sealed progression to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a triumph over Estonia. Christian Benteke, Yannick Carrasco, and Thorgan Hazard netted for the hosts. Erik Sorga struck a consolation goal for the visitors.

Estonia are out of the race for the World Cup but must face the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Wales 5 – 1 Belarus

Wales marked Gareth Bale’s 100th cap with a thumping victory over Belarus to move up to second place in World Cup qualifying Group E.

The Welsh are three points ahead of third-placed Czech Republic, who must beat Estonia next week. Belarus fail to qualify. Their next encounter is a friendly with Jordan, at the King Abdullah Stadium in Amman.

Group G

Norway 0 – 0 Latvia

Norway and Latvia played out an uninspiring 0-0 stalemate at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo.

The Norwegians are still on the hunt for a place in the 2022 World Cup. They sit in 3rd in Group G, on 18 points, but just 2 behind leaders, the Netherlands, who they play on Tuesday. Latvia’s next fixture is away to fellow strugglers, Gibraltar.

Netherlands 2 – 2 Montenegro

The Netherlands conceded two goals in the final 10 minutes, as Montenegro fought back to draw and leave the outcome of World Cup qualifying Group G in the balance. A Memphis Depay double was cancelled out by strikes from Ilija Vukotić and Nikola Vujnović.

The Dutch remain top of the group, but Turkey and Norway are breathing down their necks, just two points behind and going into the last game.

Turkey 6 – 0 Gibraltar

Turkey smashed 6 past Gibraltar, to keep their World Cup dreams alive. Muhammed Kerem Aktürkoğlu, Merih Demiral, Serdar Dursun, and Mert Müldür all bagged one, while Halil Dervişoğlu scored twice.

With 0 points, Gibraltar can forget about qualification. The Turks are now second in Group G. They face Montenegro next week and need 3 points to keep the pressure on leaders, the Netherlands.

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