The team around the BVB striker experienced a very weak day against Turkey. The Netherlands are in better shape – and vice-world champions Croatia are also recovering from a shock at the start.
After the false start in the World Cup qualification, the Dutch national soccer team recorded a mandatory win in front of spectators in the Amsterdam Arena. Three days after the 2: 4 bankruptcy in Turkey, Oranje won 2: 0 (1: 0) against Latvia in front of 5000 fans who were allowed in a model test. The French Stephanie Frappart made football history as the first female referee in the men’s World Cup qualification.
Steven Berghuis gave Elftal the lead (32nd) after ex-Bremer Davy Klaassen hit the bar (27th). The former Gladbacher Luuk de Jong also failed for the oppressively superior hosts initially with a header on the aluminum (40th), later he scored the 2-0 (69th).
Haaland and Sörloth have no effect on Norway
At the top of the table in Group G was Turkey, who beat Norway and Borussia Dortmund’s goal machine Erling Haaland 3-0 (2-0) in Malaga. Montenegro follows with equal points after the 4: 1 (2: 1) against the blatant outsider Gibraltar.
Ozan Tufan (4th / 59th) and Caglar Söyüncü (28th) scored for the Turks in Spain, while Norwegian Kristian Thorstvedt saw the red card for serious foul play just 13 minutes after being substituted on. The Bundesliga strikers Erling Haaland (Dortmund) and Alexander Sörloth (Leipzig) also went empty-handed. Norway coach Ståle Solbakken had to replace Hertha keeper Rune Jarstein at halftime.
Croatia narrowly wins
Vice World Champion Croatia has reported back with an arduous victory after the surprising 0-1 bankruptcy at the start of the World Cup qualification against Slovenia. The team around the Wolfsburg Josip Brekalo defeated Cyprus 1-0 (1-0).
Leader in Group H is Russia, which put an end to Slovenia’s successful streak. After nine games without a defeat, the Slovenes lost 1: 2 (1: 2) in Sochi. Goalkeeper Jan Oblak’s run without conceding also ended after 664 minutes. Artyom Djuba gave the Russians the lead in the 26th minute and increased nine minutes later. Josip Ilicic only managed the connection goal (36th). Mario Pasalic (40th) scored for the Croatians.