Europe’s Road to the World Cup .. Winning England, Germany and Italy


The English national team broke its teeth early in the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, by defeating San Marino 5-0 at the opening of the two teams ’march in the ninth group of qualifiers, which today also saw Hungary tied with Poland 3/3 and Albania won its host Andorra 1/0 .

At the ancient “Wembley” stadium in the British capital, London, the England team showed its strength and decided the match completely in the first half with 3 goals scored by James Ward, Dominic Calvert Lewin and Raheem Sterling in the minutes 14, 21 and 31.

In the second half, Lewin added his second and fourth goal for the team in the 53rd minute, before Oli Watkins finished scoring the match with the fifth goal for the home side in the 83rd minute.

Thus, England led the group early on goal difference only against Albania.

Bayern Munich’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski snatched a precious 3/3 draw for his country, Poland, with his Hungarian host at the “Puskas Arena” stadium in the capital, Budapest.

The Hungarian national team ended the first half in its favor with a clean goal scored by Ronald Salai in the sixth minute.

In the second half, his colleague Adam Shalay added the team’s second goal in the 53rd minute, and the Polish team responded with two consecutive goals scored by Christophe Biontek and Kamil Josoyak in the 60th and 61st minutes.

Willy Urian returned Hungary’s lead in the 78th minute, but Lewandowski scored the precious 3/3 equalizer for Poland in the 83rd minute.

In another match in the same group, the Albanian team defeated its host Andorra, with a clean goal, scored by Ermir Lingani in the 41st minute.

The German national team made a successful start in the European qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and defeated the Icelandic team 3-0 today, Thursday, in the first round of the tenth group matches.

In two other matches in the same group, Romania defeated North Macedonia 3/2, and Armenia defeated Liechtenstein 1/0.

At the MSV Arena in Duisburg, the German national team made a strong start in the match and advanced with two early goals scored by Leon Goritska and Kai Havertz in the third and seventh minutes, and then Ilkai Gundogan added the third goal in the 56th minute.

In the match between Romania and North Macedonia, the Romanian team advanced with two goals, which were scored by Florin Tanase and Valentin Mihaela in the 28th and 50th minutes.

Then the North Macedonia team responded with two goals, scored by Ariane Adamy and Alexander Trajkovski in the 82nd and 83rd minutes.

But the Romanian team held on to the hope of victory and settled the match in its favor with a goal scored by Yannis Hagee in the 86th minute.

As for the Armenian national team, they decided their match against Liechtenstein with a single goal scored by Noah Frommelt of Liechtenstein by mistake against his country’s team in the 83rd minute.

The Italian team also started its campaign in the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar, by beating its guest house Northern Ireland 2-0, in the first round of the third group qualifiers.

Domenico Berardi and Cero Immobile scored for the Italian national team in the 14th and 38th minutes.

With this victory, the Italian team, who missed the 2018 edition in Russia, scored its first three points in the group, to finish second on goal difference from Switzerland, which earlier Thursday beat Bulgaria 3/1.

The third group includes Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Northern Ireland.

The Spanish national football team fell in a 1/1 draw with its Greek guest today, Thursday, at the beginning of the two teams’ journey in Group Two in the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, which today also witnessed Sweden’s victory over Georgia 1 / zero.

With this, the Swedish national team led the group early with three points and two points ahead of their Spanish and Greek counterparts.

The Spanish national team ended the first half in its favor with a goal scored by Alvaro Morata in the 32nd minute, amid complete dominance of the team over the course of the game.

Despite the continued Spanish supremacy in the second half, actual attempts were absent on the Greek goal, and the Greek team responded with the equalizer scored by Tassos Paksitas from a penalty kick in the 57th minute.

And the Spanish national team imposed its dominance over the course of the game from the first minute of the match, through successive passes and possession of the ball most of the match.

But the team failed to translate this control into real early opportunities in light of the defensive bloc of Greece on the one hand and the lack of real ability for Spain’s players to penetrate the guest defense, so that the match remained at a single pace over the course of about half an hour, where the absolute control of Spain was without real effectiveness on the goal and continuous defense From Greece, without any attempts to pressure the owners of the land.

After the first half hour of the match, the Spanish Matador broke his teeth with two successive chances, the first came from Dani Olmos powerful shot, which rebounded from the crossbar in the 31st minute, while the second opportunity resulted in the lead goal signed by Morata.

The goal came after a wonderful long pass from Kuki, from which the ball reached Morata inside the penalty area behind the Greek defenders, and Morata received the ball brilliantly and prepared for himself calmly and then shot it from above the goalkeeper to the ceiling of the goal to be the goal of progress for Spain in the 32nd minute.

The performance did not change after the goal, as the Spanish national team continued to control the course of the game without launching actual offensive attempts, and the Greek team did not show any reaction to the goal that settled its goal, ending the first half with the Spanish national team advancing with a clean goal.

With the start of the second half, Spain’s coach Luis Enrique gave a rest to veteran player Sergio Ramos and pushed his place with defender Inigo Martinez.

The Greek national team made two changes at once at the start of this half, with Christos Tzulis and Manolis Ciobes replacing Petros Mantalos and Demetrius Liminos, respectively.

The Spanish national team resumed its offensive attempts at the beginning of the second half, and Morata almost snatched the second goal after a quick attack in the 49th minute and a cross pass by Ferran Torres from the right, and Morata, who rushed in front of the penalty area, met with a powerful shot directly, but the ball passed outside the post to the left of the goalkeeper.

In contrast to the course of the game, the Greek national team won a penalty kick due to a mistake by Inigo Martinez against Georgios Masuras inside the penalty area, and the Spanish player got a warning.

Tassos Backacitas hit the penalty spot with force to the right of Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon to score the equalizing goal in the 57th minute.

Despite the draw, the Spanish national team remained ineffective in attack and did not succeed in forming a danger to the Greek goal in the following minutes.

With the match reaching the final third of an hour, the Spanish national team abandoned its offensive shyness and began to put pressure on the Greek defense and caused some inconvenience to the guests, but without shaking the net, to end the meeting in a draw.

In the second match in the group, the Swedish national team defeated its Georgian counterpart with a clean goal, which was scored by Victor Clayson in the 35th minute.

The match witnessed the first participation of the veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic / 39 years / about five years ago, as the player returned to the team through this match.

Ibrahimovic announced his retirement from international football in 2016, following his participation with Sweden in the European Nations Cup in France, but he returned today to participate in the team.

The Scotland national team tied its guest team, Austria, 2/2, today, Thursday, in the first round of Group Six European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar.

The Austrian national team advanced through Sasa Kaladzic in the 55th minute, before Grant Hanley scored the equalizer for the Scottish team in the 71st minute.

In the 80th minute, Kaladzic returned to score his second goal for the Austrian national team, but John McGinn equalized for the Scottish team again in the 85th minute.

In another match in the same group, the Faroe Islands national team tied its host, Moldova, 1/1.

The Moldova national team advanced through Nicolasco in the ninth minute, before Minhrad Olsen scored the equalizer for the Faroe Islands in the 83rd minute.

The group matches had opened earlier today, Thursday, as Denmark defeated its host Israel, 2-0.


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