Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick in Portugal win over Luxembourg – World Cup qualifying round

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s 5-0 win over Luxembourg in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers.

Ronaldo used two penalties in the first 13 minutes before ending his 58th career hat trick with a late header.

Bruno Fernandes and Balenha also scored as Portugal gained a point against Serbia, leaders of the group they led in the last round of matches.

Portugal’s victory is a direct penalty from Serbia In the first place after the victory Azerbaijan 3-1 in Belgrade.

Group A: The fan problem in Albania, Wembley

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The World Cup qualifiers between Albania and Poland were put on hold after supporters threw rackets onto the pitch as Polish players celebrated their goal.

AlbaniaWorld Cup Qualifiers vs. Poland He was suspended after supporters of the home side threw objects at opponents during the opening goal celebration in Tirana.

Karol Soederski gave the Poles a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute of the group they faced before he and his colleagues were thrown from the stands with plastic bottles. The players left the pitch more than 20 minutes after the accident at the Air Albania stadium.

Poland maintained a slim lead as the game resumed to beat host and bottom group leaders England by three points in next year’s Qatar Championship race.

Before the incident that resulted in the long delay, Polish midfielder Piotr Zieliński was followed from the target by the crowd.

Albania, eager to reach the World Cup final for the first time, travel to Wembley to face Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions next month, before ending the campaign at home in Andorra.

A forgotten night on and off the pitch leaves the hosts five points behind England and two points behind Poland, and play-offs appear to be their only real hope for qualifying.

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Summary of the Group A match of the World Cup qualifier between England and Hungary at Wembley.

Sub-standardowe Anglia It was a 1-1 draw Hungary Amid fan turmoil at Wembley on Tuesday, the penultimate match against Albania will be in November if they are to secure an automatic transfer to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Hungary lost 4-0 to England last month but took the lead as Luke Shaw’s tall boots allowed Roland Sly to score from the penalty spot (24) and had to finish in the back post by John Stones (37) to attract the hosts. level.

Raheem Sterling headed for the post after reaching the half-time break as England started to move, but despite second-half dominance and good odds for Sterling and Harry Kane – who has surprisingly changed after 15 minutes of play – there was no crossing By Gareth Southgate.

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Gareth Southgate admits he was surprised to see England fall below their usual levels in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Hungary at Wembley.

Previously, Hungarian supporters – who had been punished for racist mistreatment of the English when the two teams met in September – booed the hosts on their knees, held up a banner against the equality gesture, fought the police in the stands and slowed down when he scored. One of the defendants was arrested for a serious racist offense against public order after remarks directed against the host.

Hungary noted that the chances of promotion in Qatar have diminished since the loss to England, with Albania winning at home and away, but their draw at Wembley means England’s Group A leaders have a need realistic to beat Albania at Wembley on November 12 before their in the final, a group match against a small team. San Marino.

Andorra He won the fight for second place in the first group, winning 3-0 San Marino Their first away win in 16 attempts and their biggest international victory of all time.

Group F: Scotland prepare to fight Moldova

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Highlights from the Group F match of the European World Cup qualifiers between the Faroe Islands and Scotland.

Lyndon Dykes saved! Scotland With a spectacular late winner against Faroe Islands Put Steve Clark’s team within 90 minutes of World Cup qualifying.

The Scots came in force to Torshavn after a stunning 3-2 win over Israel at Hampden Park on Saturday, but the visitors struggled to make it.

However, following a replacement cross from Nathan Patterson four minutes from time, the ball came out of Dykes and hit the net. decisive 1. 0 victory.

World Cup qualification: Group F.
World Cup qualification: Group F.

Scotland need three points in the last two Group F games next month, the first of which is a divisional move that puts Moldova ahead of the group winners’ home final. Denmarkwho placed first to become the third team to reach Qatar 2022 with a 1-0 victory Austria, sealed by a hit from Joachim Mahle in the second half.

in another place, Israel He recovered from Saturday’s loss to Scotland when Iran Zahavi and Manas Dabour won 2-1 out of 10 players. Moldova.

Group C: Northern Ireland’s hopes for Bulgaria are over

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Highlights from the World Cup qualifiers between Bulgaria and Northern Ireland.

bad week for North Ireland Things got worse on Tuesday night as Todor Nedelev’s two hits saw weakness Bulgaria Look 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 seemed to react well to a controversial 2-0 loss to Switzerland that effectively ended hopes for a promotion to the Cup. people, but everything went wrong after the break.

Bulgarian coach Yasin Petrov changed his set at half-time and picked up the rewards, although Nedelev was recognized by brilliantly beating Billy Peacock Farrell twice in 11 minutes to turn things around after just an hour.

This frustrated Baraklov even more, who finally gained positive momentum last month, but last week it quickly faded and the Qatari dream is now dead once and for all.

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Northern Ireland coach Ian Baraklough has admitted his side missed their chances as their hopes for promotion to the World Cup ended in a 2-1 loss to Bulgaria.

in another place, Switzerland Bulgaria’s qualifying hopes ended in 4-0 victory Lithuania.

Brill Empolo’s brace and attacks from Renato Stephen and Mario Gavranovic ensured a fine victory that raised the level of Switzerland with 14 points against Italy, leaders of Group C and beyond Bulgaria, third with eight points.

This means that European champions Italy will play next month against Switzerland in Rome on goal difference alone, with the two teams battling for the top spot.

Group 2: the Swedish-Spanish battle rages on

Sweden He climbed Spain and finished first in Group B, winning 2-0 GreeceThanks to the success of Emil Forsberg and Alexander Isaacs in the second half.

Sweden’s victory marks an exciting end for the group as the Swedes lead Spain by two points in the remaining two games, one of which is the two countries that meet in Spain in the tenth round.

Group D: Pukki sets world record in Finland

Become Teemu Pukki FinlandThe top scorers scored both goals in a 2-0 win in Kazakhstan.

The attacking duo from Norwich took him to score 33 goals for the national team, more than legendary Finn Jari Litmanen.

The win leaves Finland third in Group D, one point behind Ukrainewho drew 1-1 with Bosnia herzegovina, four behind the leader of France.

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