Group A: Serbian leaders, Ireland are still disappointed
Ireland – Azerbaijan 1: 1 (0: 1): Ireland are disappointed in the current World Cup qualifiers. The team, which had just drawn one against Azerbaijan, went on to win their fourth game without a win. Emin Makhmudov (45th + 1st minute) gave Azerbaijan the lead on Saturday (04.09.2021) and just before the end Shane Duffy equalized for Ireland (87th), the team’s first point.
Serbia – Luxembourg 4: 1 (2: 0): Alexander Mitrovic quickly put Serbia ahead with two goals (22./35.). Luxembourg had little hope when Oliver Till (77th) made the connection, but that decision was followed shortly after by Luxembourg’s Maxim Chanot (82nd) own goal. Nikola Milankovic increased to 4: 1 (90th + 6th).
Serbia have now beaten unbeaten Portugal and are now top of the table with 10 points. Luxembourg remain third with six points, followed by Ireland and Azerbaijan with one point each. Serbia is scheduled to fly to Ireland on Tuesday, while Portugal will fly to Azerbaijan.
Group D: Finland struggle to beat Kazakhstan
Ukraine – France 1: 1 (1: 0): France lost the next point after a 1-1 draw against Bosnia. Against the world champions, Ukraine seemed to be close to a surprise: Mykola Shaparenko took the lead (44th). Anthony Marshall (50th) secured France at least one point.
Finland – Kazakhstan 1: 0 (0: 0): With a small effort, Finland defeated outsiders, and the decisive goal was scored by Bayer Leverkusen (60th) Joel Pohjanpalo.
France remain the leader with nine points, but Finland, with five points, have played two games less. The two met on Tuesday.
Group F: Denmark escapes embarrassment, Israel with strong performance
Faroe Islands – Denmark 0: 1 (0: 0): For a long time the Faroe Islands were close to a sensational point victory. After Renee Johnson’s yellow card, Jonas Wind still scored for Denmark (85th).
Israel – Austria: 5: 2 (3: 1): Israel won a battle with several goals. Manor Solomon (5), Manus Dabber (20) and Iran Sahavi (33) almost made the decision with a 3-0 victory. But Austria came back: Christoph Bangartner (42) and Marco Arnotovich (55) shrunk. Sean Weissman (59) and again Sahao (90) decided the game for Israel.
Scotland – Moldova 1: 0 (1: 0): Lyndon Dykes scored for Scotland in the 14th minute – the final winning goal.
Denmark remains the sovereign leader with 15 points. Israel now leads the table with ten points more than Scotland with seven points. The match was a setback for Austria, with the team remaining in fourth place with seven points. Moldova and the Faroe Islands were defeated. On Tuesday, Denmark will play Israel, Austria and Scotland.
Group G: A three-way battle between Turkey, Norway and the Netherlands
Latvia – Norway 0: 2 (0: 1): Norway went fast through a penalty from Erling Holland (20) in Dortmund. Mohammed Elionousi scored the final (66). This means that Norway is currently ahead of Turkey and underlines the claim for direct eligibility.
As has happened many times in qualifying for the World Cup, the Norwegian team has established itself for human rights. Norway has at times been in talks to boycott the World Cup final, as several human rights abuses have been reported in host Qatar. Guest workers are said to be systematically exploited there; Human rights group Amnesty International has recently criticized the government for not properly investigating many deaths. Qatar denies the allegations.
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