The Netherlands returned the favor for the opening bankruptcy against Turkey. Portugal – in a dramatic way – and Belgium both stumble against outsiders.
Group A: Serbia 2-2 Portugal
Crazy game in Belgrade! At the break, European champions Portugal seem to be leading 2-0. Liverpool’s Diogo Jota scored twice. But after the break the Serbs turn up, Fulham-Knpiser Mitrovic already scores his third qualifying goal (46th). And after an hour Frankfurt-wing Kostic takes care of the equalizer for the home side. Serbia pushes for victory in the closing stages, but they fail to score. For this Milenkovic flies in the 92nd still with red from the square. And just seconds later it gets even more dramatic. Ronaldo curves around the Serbian goalie and pushes in, Mitrovic clears on the line – or is it behind? In any case, the referee does not give the goal, there is no goal-line technology in the Rajko Mitic stadium.
Group E: Czech Republic 1-1 Belgium
The two winners of the first match day fight a duel at eye level in Prague. Provod puts the Czechs in the front after 50 minutes. But world number 1 Belgium strikes back shortly afterwards through their top striker Lukaku (61st). Ex-FCB goalie Vaclik ensures that the Czech Republic gets the point dry.
Group G: Norway 0-3 Turkey
After Turkey had knocked the Netherlands away 4-2 at the start, coach Senol Gunes’ team started against Norway like the fire brigade. Tufan scored the opening goal after just four minutes, and Leicester defender Söyüncü added after a corner after half an hour. After an hour, Fenerbahce’s Tufan again made the decision with a dream goal.
Group G: Netherlands 2-0 Latvia
After the initial bankruptcy against Turkey, the Oranje is looking for reparations. That succeeds in Amsterdam in front of 5000 fans. Thanks to goals from Steven Berghuis (32nd) and Luuk de Jong (69th), the Netherlands beat Latvia 2-0.
Group H: Russia 2-1 Slovenia
In the fall, Artyom Djuba was dropped from the Russian squad for three international matches because a video became public showing the Zenit striker masturbating. The captain celebrated his comeback against Malta on Wednesday with a goal and an assist against Malta (3: 1). And Djuba also plays big against Slovenia, thanks to his two goals Russia leads 2-0 after 35 minutes. The Slovenians cut short with a wonderful long-range goal in front of Atalanta striker Ilicic but immediately. Despite good chances in the second half, the duel between the two winners on the first day of the game remains 2-1.
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