The second day of the European qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022 ended on Sunday, here’s a look back at what happened …
Sunday March 28
Georgia 1 (Kvaratskhelia 44) Spain 2 (Ferran Torres 56, Olmo 90 + 2)
Kosovo 0 Sweden 3 (Claesson 12, Isak 35, S. Larsson 70pen)
Spain claimed their first victory of the campaign as Georgia gave them an all-powerful scare in Tbilisi, Kvaratskhelia gave the hosts the lead just before the break, but Manchester City’s Ferran Torres equalized eleven minutes after the break, then Olma scored a time-out winner. for the Spaniards to see them snatch the three points, Georgia also saw Shengelia sent off after that, as what turned out to be a wonderful night for them at one point ended miserably.
In the teams’ first meeting, Sweden saw Kosovo in Pristina, Claesson gave the visitors a 12th minute lead, then that lead was doubled ten minutes before the break after Isak scored, then the penalty kick from Larsson in the 70th minute sealed a good victory for the Swedes. as they did two wins out of two and topped the group. Kosovo then lost their first match and also lost Berisha on a red card two minutes after the stoppage time.
Matchday three sees Greece take on Georgia in Salonika and Spain host Kosovo in Seville on Wednesday evening.
Bulgaria 0 Italy 2 (Belotti 43pen, Locatelli 83)
Switzerland 1 (Shaqiri 2) Lithuania 0
Italy have so far the most points from their two games after taking victory in Sofia, Belotti’s penalty two minutes before the break saw the Azzuri finally smash a stubborn host, then Locatelli’s second end was sealed the points for the visitors, Bulgaria lost both. their games so far.
An early strike from Shaqiri gave the Swiss to victory and maximum points after two game-winning games against Lithuania in St. Gallen, although the game was delayed by 15-20 minutes after discovering the goals were 5-10cm taller than they should have been, a very strange reason for the delay of the match, but luckily this was resolved and the Swiss were able to win the match.
On Matchday 3, Lithuania will host Italy in Vilnius while Northern Ireland face Bulgaria in Belfast on Wednesday evening.
Kazakhstan 0 France 2 (Dembele 19, Mally 44og)
Ukraine 1 (Junior Moraes 80) Finland 1 (Pukki 89pen)
France notched their first victory in their World Cup defense after comfortably seeing Kazakhstan at Nur-Sultan, Dembele gave the French a 19th-minute lead before a home side goal of Mally doubled their cushion, it could have and should have been more than two however and Mbappe missed a penalty in the 75th minute too, it was three points for the World Championships anyway.
A late penalty saw Finland grab an invaluable point against Ukraine in Kiev, the hosts had held France in Paris on day one of the game and when Junior Moraes gave them the lead ten minutes out of time it seemed like ‘a victory was ahead, but in the 88e minute Finland won a penalty which resulted in a red card for Mykolenko, and Pukki stepped up to send the penalty and save a point for the Finns. The two have now drawn in their first two games.
Matchday 3 sees France travel to Sarajevo to face Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine host Kazakhstan in Kiev on Wednesday night.
Denmark 8 (Dolberg 19pen, 48, Damsgaard 22.29, Stryger Larsen 35, Jensen 39, Skov 81, Ingvartsen 89) Moldova 0
Austria 3 (Dragovic 30, Baumgartner 37, Kalajdzic 44) Faroe Islands 1 (Night town 19)
Israel 1 (D. Peretz 44) Scotland 1 (Fraser 56)
Denmark have maximum points after two games after beating Moldova eight times in Herning on Dolberg 19e One-minute penalty opening the floodgates as the Danes scored five goals in twenty first-half minutes to lead 5-0 at the break, Damsgaard scored two while Stryger Larsen and Jensen scored the other goals. Dolberg made six early in the second period for his second of the game, then late goals from Skov and Ingvertsen completed the rout.
Austria had to come back from behind to claim a clear victory over the Faroe Islands in Vienna, the visitors stunned their hosts by taking a 19th-minute lead over Nattestad but the hosts responded with three goals fourteen minutes in the end of the first half thanks to Dragovic, Baumgartner and Kalajdzic to turn the situation in their favor and get their first victory in the qualifying campaign to start as well.
It’s two draws in two games for the Scots as they managed to clinch a draw in Tel Aviv against Israel, the hosts took the lead just before half-time thanks to a screamer from Peretz, but a good one. Fraser’s finish from Newcastle brought them to the eleven minute level. after the break and good enough to win a draw in the process.
On Wednesday evening, the third day of the match will be in this group, Moldova will host Israel in Chisinau, Scotland will face Faroes in Glasgow and Austria will face Denmark in the big game in Vienna.
Albania 0 England 2 (Kane 38, mount 63)
San Marino 0 Hungary 3 (Szalai 13pen, Sallai 71, Nikolic 88pen)
Poland 3 (Lewandowski 30.55, Swiderski 88) Andorra 0
England racked up the most points in two games after seeing Albania in Tirana, Kane managed a Shaw cross seven minutes before the break to give England the lead, then Mount finished well right after. the hour to seal the victory of the Three Lions.
Hungary beat San Marino at Serravalle with a 13th-minute penalty from Szalai, a 71st-minute goal from Sallai and another penalty, this time from Nikolic, two minutes from time. San Marino goalkeeper Benedettini had another good game, supporting his fine performance at Wembley with another good performance here including a penalty save from Sallai too, but Hungary claim their first victory here.
Poland beat Andorra in Warsaw thanks to a double from Lewandowski and a late strike from Swiderski, this means Poland also secured their first victory of the campaign and are behind England with Hungary by four points of their two outings so far.
Matchday three sees San Marino take on Albania in Serravalle, Andorra host Hungary in Andorra la Vella and England face Poland in the big match at Wembley on Wednesday night.
Armenia 2 (Barcelona 53, Bayramyan 74) Iceland 0
North Macedonia 5 (Bardi 7, Trajlovski 51,54, Elmas 62, Nestorovski 82pen) Liechtenstein 0
Romania 0 Germany 1 (Gnabry 17)
Armenia surprised Iceland in Yerevan after scoring victory and opening a qualifying campaign with two wins for the first time in history, Barseghyan gave the hosts the advantage eight minutes after the break and then Bayramyan sealed victory with a second with just over fifteen. minutes remaining, Iceland have lost both of their games so far without scoring.
North Macedonia bounced back from their late defeat in Romania on Matchday 1 by hitting Liechtenstein in Skopje, Bardi gave them an early lead before Trajlovski scored two in three minutes at the start of the second half, Elmas then scored a fourth just past the hour. before a late Nestorovsky finished the rout and got the hosts on the board in terms of points.
Germany have two out of every two wins after beating Romania in Bucharest, Gnabry returned home a Havertz cross after seventeen minutes to settle this game, a contest the Germans should have won by more after missing several openings, and they almost paid for it like Romania. came strong towards the end, but the points went to the Germans.
On Wednesday evening, the third matchday will take place in this group, Armenia welcomes Romania in Yerevan, Liechtenstein welcomes Iceland in Vaduz and Germany faces North Macedonia in Duisburg.
Matchday three kicks off on Tuesday with European champions Portugal, Belgium, world number one, Belgium, Wales, the Netherlands and 2018 finalists Croatia all in action. last group matches for six months, can they all end in style.