D.Denmark became the second team from Europe to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after the German national team. The semi-final participant of the last European Championship won 1-0 (0-0) against Austria on Tuesday evening and can no longer be ousted from first place in the group. The former European champions Portugal won 5-0 (3-0) against Luxembourg and now has at least the playoff participation guaranteed. The same applies to European champions Italy, Switzerland and Serbia. The second of the EM, England, did not get beyond a 1: 1 (1: 1) against Hungary.
After the defeat and 1-0 (0-0) from Scotland in the Faroe Islands, Austria no longer has a chance of second place in the group, but can still hope to participate in the playoff as group winners in the B-League of the Nations League . Franco Foda’s team, who are now under great pressure, held up well against one half in Copenhagen, then Joakim Maehle scored for the hosts (53rd minute). This was preceded by a dribble by the former Dortmund player Thomas Delaney. With eight wins from eight games – and without conceding a single goal – Denmark bought their ticket to the World Cup two game days before the end of qualification.
After racist attacks: riots at Wembley Stadium
England missed out on at least securing playoff participation with a home win against Hungary. The Three Lions fell behind with a penalty kick (24th). Roland Sallai from Freiburg met. The equalizer was achieved by John Stones (37th). The game was overshadowed by clashes between Hungarian fans and the police. The photos showed how dozens of emergency services in the stands clashed with visiting fans in the early stages of the game at London’s Wembley Stadium. The police used batons against the audience, as the BBC reported. Officials had entered the stands to arrest a bystander over a racist incident, police said later in a statement. Thereupon there was unrest in which other viewers were involved. But order was quickly restored.
In Faro, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo paved the way for the Portuguese with a penalty double (8th / 13th). Bruno Fernandes (17th), Joao Palhinha (69th) and again Ronaldo (87th) increased. Serbia also has at least the playoffs safe, winning 3-1 (1-1) against Azerbaijan and fighting for group victory with Portugal.
Sweden increased the pressure on Spain, which like Italy, France and Belgium did not play a World Cup qualifier as a semi-final participant in the Nations League. The Scandinavians won 2-0 (0-0) against Greece and are now two points ahead of Spain. Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg (59th / foul penalty) and ex-BVB actor Alexander Isak (69th) met. Shortly before the end, the German referee Tobias Stieler sent Greece’s Pantelis Chatzidiakos off with a yellow-red (88th). On the last day of the match on November 14th, the top teams will face a direct duel in Spain. Sweden won the first comparison 2: 1 (1: 1).
After their 4-0 (3-0) win in Lithuania in Group C, Switzerland is tied with European champions Italy. With the 1: 2 (1: 0) of Northern Ireland in Bulgaria, both have at least the playoff participation and are still playing for the group victory. Gladbach Breel Embolo scored the goals in Vilnius with a double (31st / 44th) from Wolfsburg-based Renato Steffen (42nd) and Mario Gavranovic (90th + 4).
Interruption in Albania after throwing a bottle
After throwing bottles at the Polish national team, the team’s World Cup qualifying match in Albania was briefly interrupted. After Karol Swiderski scored 1-0 for Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski’s team (77th minute), plastic bottles flew from the stands towards the cheering Polish players. The Poles and their coach Paulo Sousa complained loudly to the referee. According to the AP news agency, a Polish official called on players to leave the pitch.
Both teams then disappeared into the dressing room and the French referee Clement Turpin interrupted the game. After a good 20-minute break, the match could be continued. According to the AP, the stadium announcer pointed out to the audience that the game could be abandoned in the event of further incidents and scored against Albania.