FIFA 2018 WCQ: France edge Dutch, Portugal and Belgium hit six

Tuesday 11th October , 2016 7:49 am
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Group A
Netherlands 0-1 France

France took the honours in the glamour tie in Amsterdam, keeping pace with Sweden at the top of Group A thanks to Paul Pogba’s long-range strike in the first half. Vincent Janssen and Memphis Depay caused the visitors a scare at the end of either half, but Les Bleus held firm and missed several opportunities of their own.

Sweden 3-0 Bulgaria
Sweden laid down a marker in this section with a powerful display to add to Bulgarian woes. Two goals in seven minutes before the interval did the damage in Solna, Oscar Hiljemark and Ola Toivonen on target, before Victor Lindelöf’s second-half effort sealed it. Bulgaria have now conceded 21 goals in their last five matches.

Belarus 1-1 Luxembourg
Belarus were unable to shake off Luxembourg in Borisov, despite the 44th-minute sending-off of Dirk Carlson. Even after substitute Pavel Savitski finally beat keeper Anthony Moris with an expert header, the brave visitors managed to claim a point. Aurélien Joachim equalised soon after with a deflected free-kick, his third goal in as many Group A qualifiers.

Group B
Faroe Islands 0-6 Portugal

André Silva, who struck his first international goal on Friday, scored a hat-trick to take his Portugal tally to four in four games. Cristiano Ronaldo has 66 for his country after making it 4-0 with his left foot, João Moutinho and João Cancelo then getting in on the act in added time in Torshavn.

Latvia 0-2 Hungary
Hungary recorded their maiden victory since their first outing at UEFA EURO 2016 courtesy of Ádám Gyurcsó’s emphatic finish after ten minutes and Ádám Szalai’s second-half header in Riga. Bernd Storck’s team have now won five of these teams’ six meetings.

Andorra 1-2 Switzerland
The Swiss maintained their 100% Group B record after Fabian Schär’s first-half penalty and Admir Mehmedi’s header 13 minutes from time in the principality. Andorra have now lost their last 57 competitive internationals but can at least draw solace from Alexandre Martinez’s late screamer.

Group H
Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium

Christian Benteke struck after just 8.1 seconds in Faro-Loule – the quickest-ever goal in a competitive international – and went on to complete his first treble for Belgium. Axel Witsel, Dries Mertens and captain Eden Hazard were also on the mark for Roberto Martínez’s men, who have won all three Group H fixtures without conceding.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 Cyprus
Eden Džeko netted twice in the last 20 minutes as Bosnia bounced back from Friday’s 4-0 loss in Belgium. The result in Zenica extends their unbeaten run at home under Mehmed Baždarević to seven games and leave Roma forward Džeko one goal away from a half-century of international strikes.

Estonia 0-2 Greece
Greece kept up their 100% start to qualifying as they made the most of their chances in Tallinn. Estonia managed six shots on target to the visitors’ three but crucially the UEFA EURO 2004 winners converted their first two, Vasilis Torosidis heading in on two minutes and Kostas Stafylidis’s fine effort making it 2-0 after the hour.



Source: UEFA