Late strikes everywhere as second-placed sides manoeuvre for position

  • Poland suffered their initial better in Russia 2018 qualifying
  • Northern Ireland now find themselves on a margin of a play-off spot
  • Slovakia cumulative a essential late feat over Slovenia in Group F

THE DAY REPLAYED – The second complement of a seventh spin of European qualifiers for a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ was important for a delayed start in many of a matches, in that second-half goals valid decisive.

Friday’s formula did not lead to any poignant transformation in a 3 sections in question, though things did tie adult extremely in Group E, where pace-setters Poland were brought behind down to earth with a strike by Denmark.

It was a good day for a 3 British sides involved, and for Germany, notwithstanding their surrender a singular goal. looks behind on a day of sparkling subordinate action.

1 September
Group C: San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland, Norway 2-0 Azerbaijan, Czech Republic 1-2 Germany
Group E: Kazakhstan 0-3 Montenegro, Romania 1-0 Armenia, Denmark 4-0 Poland
Group F: Lithuania 0-3 Scotland, Malta 0-4 England, Slovakia 1-0 Slovenia

Match of a day
Denmark 4-0 Poland

The Danes indispensable to win to stay in hold with Group E leaders Poland, and they finished their intentions extravagantly transparent from a opening by roughly holding a lead by Thomas Delaney after usually 17 seconds. The Werder Bremen midfielder usually had 15 mins to wait before indeed opening a scoring, and Andrea Cornelius, Nicolai Jorgensen and Christian Eriksen after combined a serve 3 goals that resulted in Poland’s second heaviest better in World Cup subordinate story (after a 6-1 detriment during a hands of Italy in 1965).

Group C
When Timo Werner scored in a fourth notation in Prague, another gentle win for Germany seemed on a cards, though a home side got fans out of their seats 12 mins from time with a marvellous equaliser. Just when it seemed a Czechs had finished adequate for a draw, adult popped Matt Hummels in a 88th notation to conduct home Tony Kroos’ free-kick and sign all 3 points for a visitors. The Czech Republic now route 7 points behind second-placed Northern Ireland, who eventually cumulative a 3-0 feat over San Marino, notwithstanding holding 70 mins to mangle down a well-organised minnows. 

Group E
Montenegro’s plain 3-0 win in Kazakhstan kept them unequivocally most in a hunt in Group E, where a tip 3 teams are now distant by usually 3 points. Romania confirmed their slim hopes of subordinate by saying off Armenia 1-0 in Bucharest.

Group F
The conflict for second place in Group F looked to have taken an intriguing spin with Slovakia and Slovenia set for a 0-0 draw, though Adam Nemec’s 81st notation tap-in ensured a home side would sojourn in second place for a subsequent spin of qualifiers. Scotland have not nonetheless given adult on their subordinate dream; they changed adult to third after an glorious opening in Lithuania (0-3). England were surprisingly finished to persperate in Malta (three of their 4 goals came in a final 5 minutes), though they though sojourn leaders of a pool. The tip dual accommodate during Wembley Stadium on Monday.

Player of a day
Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblack put in a excellent arrangement for his nation on Friday evening, thwarting Slovakia’s continuous attacks for over 80 minutes. The Atletico Madrid shot-stopper finished 6 notable saves, demonstrating his considerable reflexes and athleticism throughout. The 24-year-old was eventually dismantled by a multiple of bad fortifying and bad luck, as a round rebounded off a bar to Nemec, who could not skip from point-blank range.

What they said
“When we go out to play games like this, we know right from a start that it’s not going to be easy. We had to pierce a round around a lot, though we knew that chances would benefaction themselves. Winning 4-0 here is a good result; we had to unequivocally quarrel to mangle them down, since they mostly had 11 group behind a ball,” Harry Kane, scorer of England’s opening idea opposite Malta in a 53rd minute.

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