Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick in Portugal’s victory over Luxembourg – World Cup qualifiers round | football news
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s 5-0 victory over Luxembourg in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers.
Ronaldo converted two penalties in the first 13 minutes before completing his 58th career hat-trick with a late header.
Bruno Fernandes and Balenha also found the goal, as Portugal advanced by one point from Serbia, the leaders of the group they are hosting in the last round of matches.
Portugal’s victory constitutes a direct penalty shootout with Serbia In first place after their victory Azerbaijan 3-1 in Belgrade.
Group A: The problem of the fans in Albania, Wembley
AlbaniaWorld Cup Qualifiers vs Poland It was suspended after fans of the local team threw objects at opponents while celebrating the opening goal in Tirana.
Karol Swiederski gave the Poles a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the group they faced before he and his teammates were pelted with plastic drink bottles from the stands. The players left the field for more than 20 minutes following the accident at the Air Albania stadium.
Poland maintained their slim edge when play resumed to outplay their hosts and trail group leaders England by three points in the race to reach next year’s championship in Qatar.
Before the incident that led to the long delay, Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski was targeted with an instrument from the crowd.
Albania, seeking to reach the World Cup finals for the first time, travel to Wembley to face Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions next month, before completing their campaign at home in Andorra.
A forgotten night on and off the field leaves the hosts five points behind England and two points behind Poland, and the play-offs appear to be their only realistic hope of qualification.
Substandard England It was a 1-1 draw Hungary Amidst the turmoil of fans at Wembley on Tuesday, which means that the penultimate match with the Albanian national team will wait in November if they want to ensure an automatic transfer to the World Cup Qatar 2022.
Hungary were beaten 4-0 to England last month, but took the lead when Luke Shaw’s high boots allowed Roland Sly to score from a penalty kick (24) and a finish at the back post from John Stones (37) was required to pull the hosts down. level.
Raheem Sterling headed against the post with a header in the first half as England started to make their moves but despite dominating the second half and seeing good chances Sterling and Harry Kane – who was abruptly substituted 15 minutes before play – there was no escape through the side of Gareth Southgate.
Earlier, Hungary fans – who were punished for racially abusing England players when the two teams met in September – booed the home team to their knees, waved a banner against the equality gesture, fought with police in the stands, and released the breakout when they scored. One accused has been arrested for a serious public order racist offense after comments he made against a host.
Hungary has seen their chances of making it to Qatar dwindle since their loss to England as Albania beat home and away, but their draw at Wembley means Group A leaders England have a realistic need to beat Albania at Wembley on November 12 before their final group game against a small team. San Marino.
Andorra He won the battle for second place in the first set by winning 3-0 in it San Marino Their first away win in 16 attempts and their biggest ever international win.
Lyndon Dykes rescued! Scotland With a dramatic late winner against Faroe Islands To put Steve Clark’s team within 90 minutes of qualifying for the World Cup.
The Scots traveled to Torshavn in strength after a superb 3-2 win over Israel at Hampden Park on Saturday, but visitors found it difficult.
However, with a cross from substitute Nathan Patterson left four minutes to go, it slipped off the Dykes and it ended up in the net and after what looked like an eternity while Slovenian referee Mate Jug was checking the ball, the goal was awarded for the decisive 1. 0 win.
Scotland need three points from their last two Group F games next month, the first of which is a trip to the division that makes Moldova before the final at home to the group winners. Denmark, who finished first to become the third team to reach Qatar 2022 with a 1-0 victory Austria, sealed by Joachim Mahle’s strike in the second half.
in another place, Israel He recovered from Saturday’s latest defeat against Scotland as Iran Zahavi and Manas Dabour scored a 2-1 win over 10 players. Moldova.
bad week for northern Ireland Things got worse on Tuesday night as two hits from Todor Nedelev saw the frailty Bulgaria Come from behind to win 2-1 in Sofia.
Conor Washington’s sixth international goal gave Ian Baraklough’s side a first-half lead as they appeared to respond well to Saturday’s controversial 2-0 defeat in Switzerland that effectively ended World Cup qualifying hopes, but everything went wrong after the break.
Bulgarian coach Yasin Petrov changed his set at halftime and took the rewards, although Nedelev took the credit when he beat Billy Peacock Farrell in superb style twice in 11 minutes to turn things around after just an hour.
This has further frustrated Baraklov, who had finally built some positive momentum last month but has seen things quickly unravel in the past week, and the Qatar dream is now permanently dead.
in another place, Switzerland Ended Bulgaria’s hopes of qualifying with a 4-0 win in Lithuania.
The double of Brill Empolo and attacks by Renato Stephen and Mario Gavranovic ensured a big victory that raised the Swiss level with 14 points with Italy, the leaders of Group C, and out of reach of Bulgaria, which is in third place with eight points.
This means that European champions Italy will play next month’s meeting with Switzerland in Rome on goal difference only, as the two teams are vying for the top spot.
Group Two: The battle of Sweden and Spain is raging
Sweden He rose above Spain to first place in Group B with a 2-0 win GreeceThanks to second half strikes from Emil Forsberg and Alexander Isaacs.
Sweden’s victory marks an exciting end to the group, as the Swedes lead Spain by two points with two matches remaining, one of which is a meeting between the two countries in Spain in the tenth round.
Group D: Pukki sets a world record in Finland
Become Teemu Pukki FinlandThe top scorers scored both goals in a 2-0 win in Kazakhstan.
The Norwich striker duo led him to score 33 international goals, more than Finland legend Jari Litmanen.
The win leaves Finland third in Group D, one point behind Ukrainewho tied 1-1 with Bosnia and Herzegovina, four behind the France leaderboard.