The Turkish national team landed the next convincing victory after their brilliant 4-2 opening success against the Netherlands in the World Cup qualification. Against Norway, the Turks surprisingly prevailed 3-0 in Malaga on Saturday. Austria’s EM opponents Netherlands, meanwhile, celebrated their first success in Group G in a parallel game with a 2-0 home win over Latvia.
Level with the Turks is in Group G Montenegro after a 4-1 (2-1) over Gibraltar in Podgorica. Three points behind, the Netherlands made amends for the opening defeat against Turkey. Steven Berghuis (42nd) and Luuk de Jong (69th) ensured a safe but hard-earned 2-0 (1-0) home win over the pointless Latvians.
Embassies for human rights in the World Cup host country
Before the games, the players pointed out the potential political power of football with clear visual messages. “Football Supports Change” was written on the black T-shirts that the Dutch wore until shortly before kick-off. Before their game, the Norwegians again drew attention to the human rights situation at World Cup hosts Qatar and encouraged possible imitators.
Meanwhile, Russia celebrated their second win in their second game by beating Slovenia 2-1 at home and leading Group H. Artyom Djuba scored both goals in Sochi (26th, 35th). Three days after the 1-0 surprise against Croatia, Slovenia couldn’t get past Josip Ilicic’s goal (36th). The Croatian World Cup finalist 2018 struggled in Rijeka against Cyprus to a 1-0 (1-0) or his first victory and drew level with the Slovenians (3 each) on points. The only goal scored by Mario Pasalic (40th).