Bulgaria – Switzerland 1: 3
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Italy 2-0 Northern Ireland
If it were about singing along to the national anthem, Italy would be the hottest candidate for the next European Championship title. And as eagerly as they sing, they also play in the first half. Technically, the Italians are clearly stronger than their opponents from Northern Ireland, and physically they can keep up with the Northern Irish toughness. An example of this is the 2-0, when Italy, in true Catenaccio style, strongly fends off an attack by the Northern Irish and then launched the counterattack with a long ball, which Lazio star Ciro Immobile coldly closes. In the course of the second half, the Italians play more in World Cup qualifying 2018 style, appear nervous and arrogant. Northern Ireland, which does more for the game, has several good chances in the closing stages, but cannot convert them into goals. And so a strong first half is enough for the Italians to catch up with Switzerland in first place in Group C.
The goals: 14. Berardi 1: 0, 39. Property 2: 0.
Spain 1-1 Greece
At 34 years of age, Real legend and captain Sergio Ramos is far from tired: He busily distributes the balls against Greece from the central defense, dictates the game of the superior Spaniards, who take the lead in the 33rd minute through Alvaro Morata. He brings 99 passes to the man in the first half. Before the veteran pulverized the world record for the most successful passes, he was replaced by Iñigo Martinez during the break. It doesn’t take him long to also leave a lasting impression: With a stretched leg and the studs ahead, he knocks over winger Masouras in the 55th minute – penalty! You could also have given red. The equalizer from the penalty spot remains the only shot on goal by the Greeks, but it is enough to bring the 1-1 over the line. Spain coach Luis Enrique will not be satisfied with the result. Despite around 80 percent possession of the ball, the hosts can no longer overcome a strong Greek defense in the second half.
The goals: 33. Morata 1: 0, 56. Bakasetas 1: 1.
Sweden – Georgia 1-0
Five years after his resignation, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is making his comeback in the national team at the age of 39. And the self-proclaimed “God” is of course in the starting line-up. It gets even better: In the 36th minute, Ibra does the preparatory work for the only and decisive goal. He plucks the ball down with his chest, plays in the middle and sees how Claesson, who is 10 years younger, converts to 1-0. This one goal stays the same, comeback Ibra has finished after 72 minutes of play.
The gate: 36. Claesson 1: 0.
Scotland – Austria 2-2
The goals: 55. Kalajdzic 0:1, 71. Hanley 1:1, 80. Kalajdzic 1:2, 85. McGinn 2:2.
Israel 0-2 Denmark
The goals: 13. Braithwaite 0:1, 67. Wind 0:2.
Moldova 1-1 Faroe Islands
The goals: 9. Nicolaescu 1: 0, 83. Olsen 1: 1.
Andorra – Albania 0: 1
The gate: 41. Lenjani 0: 1.
England – San Marino 5:0
The Three Lions have never lost an opening game in a World Cup qualifier. Of course, that doesn’t change against the amateurs from the miniature state of San Marino. The scoring starts in the first quarter of an hour. England coach Gareth Southgate gives some new opportunities and tries – on Sunday you will meet Albania away from home.
The goals: 14. Ward-Prowse 1:0, 21. Calvert-Lewin 2:0, 31. Sterling 3:0, 53. Calvert-Lewin 4:0, 83. Watkins 5:0.
Hungary 3-3 Poland
The goals: 6. Sallai 1: 0, 52. Szalai 2: 0, 60. Piatek 2: 1, 61. Jozwiak 2: 2, 78. Orban 3: 2, 82. Lewandowski 3: 3.
Germany – Iceland 3-0
After the Germans were dealt 6-0 by Spain in their last international match, any debates flared up – Jogi Löw recently announced his resignation. He leaves the DFB team after the EM. The media hype seems to have inspired the Germans rather than paralyzed them. Hardly kicked off, they are already 2-0 ahead. Goretzka and Havertz score for Germany up to the 7th minute. In the second half, the Germans let their feathers – but the decimated Icelanders still fail to score a goal.
The goals: 2. Goretzka 1-0, 7. Havertz 2-0, 56th Gündogan 3-0.
Liechtenstein – Armenia 0-1
The gate: 83. Frommelt (own goal) 0: 1.
Romania – Northern Macedonia 3: 2
The goals: 28. Tanase 1: 0, 50. Mihaila 2: 0, 82. Ademi 2: 1, 83. Trajkovski 2: 2, 85. Hagi 3: 2.
Published: 25.03.2021, 11:21 p.m.
Last updated: 03/25/2021, 11:31 PM