Netherlands and Croatia return – national teams

Netherlands and Croatia return - national teams

Frankie de Jong celebrated home victory with the Netherlands. © APA / afp / MAURICE VAN STEEN

The Dutch national soccer team celebrated their first victory in qualifying for the World Cup in the second match. Three days after a wrong start at 2: 4 against Turkey, Bond coach Frank de Boer’s oppressive team struggled 2: 0 against Latvia on Saturday evening.

Steven Berguis (32nd minute) and former Bundesliga professional Luke de Jong (69th) scored for Orange. The game against Gibraltar will take place next Tuesday. Stephanie Frapart of France was the first referee to lead the men’s World Cup qualifiers.

The Turkish election celebrated their second clear victory. After a 4-2 win over the Dutch, the team won 3-0 against opening champions Norway, leading the Scandinavians from qualifying group G. In Malaga, Osan Tufan (fourth), Kagler Zanzi (28) scored for the Turks, and Osan Tufan (59).

Three days after 0: 1 in Slovenia, vice-world champions Croatia made the expected-forced victory: Mario Pazalic scored in the 40th minute with a 1-0 victory over Cyprus in Rijeka.

Exploited the Portuguese leadership

European champions Portugal lost a 2-0 lead in Belgrade to a win over Serbia. The election for superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was won 2-2 in the Group A opening match.

Cristiano Ronaldo Split Mitt Portugal Mussels. © APA / afp / PEDJA MILOSAVLJEVIC

Diego Jota from Liverpool FC gave the guests a double title (11/36). Shortly after the break, Alexander Mitrovic provided the connection, and Frankfurt Bundesliga professional Philippe Costic (60th) saved the attacking Serbs by one point. The referee refused to accept a goal from Ronaldo in a busy last minute.

World Cup Qualification: Saturday Results

Montenegro – Gibraltar 4: 1
Russia 2-1 Slovenia
Belarus – Estland 4: 2
Croatia 1-0 Cyprus
Netherlands 2-0 Latvia
Norway 0-3 Turkey
Czech Republic 1-1 Belgium
Ireland – Luxembourg 0: 1
Serbia 2-2 Portugal
Slovakia 2-2 Malta

Author: dl / dpa

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