Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick as Portugal beat Luxembourg – World Cup qualifying roundup | Football news


Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Portugal beat Luxembourg 5-0 in Group A of World Cup qualifying.

Ronaldo converted two penalties in the first 13 minutes before completing his 58th career treble for club and country with a late header.

Bruno Fernandes and Palhinha also found the target as Portugal took a point behind group leaders Serbia, which they host in the final round of matches.

Portugal’s victory sets up a direct shootout with Serbia for the first place after beating Azerbaijan 3-1 in Belgrade.

Group I: Crowd unrest in Albania and Wembley

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The World Cup qualifiers between Albania and Poland have been suspended after supporters launched missiles into the pitch as Polish players celebrated their goal.

Albaniaqualifying for the World Cup against Poland was temporarily suspended after home supporters threw objects at opposition players celebrating the first goal in Tirana.

Karol Swiderski gave the Poles a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the Group I meeting before he and his teammates were bombarded with plastic drink bottles in the stands. The players left the pitch for more than 20 minutes following the incident at the Air Albania stadium.

Poland retained their slim advantage as play resumed to climb over their hosts and take three points behind group leaders England in the race to reach next year’s tournament in Qatar.

Prior to the incident which caused the long delay, Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski was also targeted with an object from the crowd.

Albania, who aim to reach a World Cup final for the first time, will travel to Wembley to face Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions next month, before ending their campaign at home in Andorra.

An unforgettable night on and off the pitch for the home side leaves them five points behind England and two behind Poland with the play-offs appearing to be their only realistic hope of qualifying.

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Highlights of the European World Cup Group I qualifier between England and Hungary from Wembley.

Below average England were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Hungary amid the crowd unrest at Wembley on Tuesday, which means a nervous penultimate qualifier with Albania awaits in November if they are to secure an automatic move to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Hungary were beaten 4-0 by England last month but took the lead when Luke Shaw’s high boot allowed Roland Sallai to score from the penalty spot (24) and a finish at the back post of John Stones (37) was needed to remove the hosts. level.

Raheem Sterling headed against a post on the stroke of half-time as England started to find their rhythm, but despite the dominance of the second half and the good opportunities missed by Sterling and Harry Kane – who were surprisingly substituted with 15 minutes left – there was no pass for Gareth Southgate’s side.

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Gareth Southgate admits he was surprised to see England dip below their usual levels in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Hungary at Wembley, saying he felt his players were anxious in possession.

Previously, Hungarian supporters – who had been punished for racist abuse against English players when the two teams met in September – booed the home side by kneeling, held up a banner against the tie gesture, fought with the police in the stands and released a fuser when they scored. One arrest was made for a racially aggravated public order offense following comments made against a flight attendant.

Hungary had seen their own chances of reaching Qatar dwindle since their loss to England, with Albania beating them at home and away, but their draw at Wembley meant England leaders in Group I , is realistically set to beat Albania at Wembley on 12 November ahead of their final group game against the Minnows. San Marino.

Andorra won the last two battle in Group I with a 3-0 victory in San Marino – their first away victory in 16 attempts and their biggest international victory of all time.

Group F: Scotland organize showdown against Moldova

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Highlights from the European Qualifying Group F match for the World Cup between the Faroe Islands and Scotland.

Lyndon Dykes rescued Scotland with a spectacular late winner against the Faroe Islands to put Steve Clarke’s team within 90 minutes of a World Cup qualifying spot.

The Scots made it to Torshavn in style after a formidable 3-2 win over Israel at Hampden Park on Saturday, but visitors found it all a bit difficult.

However, but with four minutes of regulation time remaining a cross from substitute Nathan Patterson came out of Dykes and found himself in the net and after what seemed like an eternity as Slovenian referee Matej Jug checked for handball, the goal was awarded for a crucial 1- 0 victory.

European World Cup Qualifiers: Group F
European World Cup Qualifiers: Group F

Scotland need three points in their last two Group F matches next month, the first of which is a trip to Moldova’s heavyweight section ahead of the final home game against the runaway group winners. Denmark, which sealed the top spot to become the third team to reach Qatar 2022 with a 1-0 victory over Austria, sealed by a goal from Joakim Maehle in the second half.

Somewhere else, Israel rebounded from Saturday’s last loss to Scotland as Eran Zahavi and Mu’nas Dabbur struck to secure a 2-1 win over 10 men Moldova.

Group C: Northern Ireland hopes end in Bulgaria

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Highlights of the World Cup qualification between Bulgaria and Northern Ireland.

A bad week for North Ireland worsened on Tuesday night as two sharp strikes from Todor Nedelev saw Bulgaria come from behind to win 2-1 in Sofia.

Conor Washington’s sixth international goal gave Ian Baraclough’s side a halftime lead as they appeared to have reacted well to Saturday’s controversial 2-0 loss to Switzerland, which put an end to hopes of qualifying for the World Cup, but everything went wrong after the break.

Bulgarian boss Yasen Petrov shuffled his pack at halftime and got the rewards, although Nedelev took the credit by beating Bailey Peacock-Farrell beautifully twice in 11 minutes to turn things around just after the time.

This created more frustration for Baraclough, who had finally built a positive momentum last month but saw things quickly deteriorate last week, Qatar’s dream now definitely dead.

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Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough admits his side failed to take the chance as their World Cup qualifying hopes were dashed by the 2-1 loss to Bulgaria.

Somewhere else, Switzerland put an end to Bulgaria’s qualifying hopes with a 4-0 victory in Lithuania.

Breel Embolo’s brace and strikes from Renato Steffen and Mario Gavranovic ensured the categorical victory that put Switzerland at 14 points with Group C leaders Italy and out of reach for Bulgaria third with eight points. .

This means that European champions Italy will face Switzerland next month in Rome in the lead on goal difference alone, with the two sides battling for first place.

Group B: the battle between Sweden and Spain turns on the water

Sweden overtook Spain in first place in Group B with a 2-0 victory over Greece, thanks to goals from Emil Forsberg and Alexander Isak in the second half.

Sweden’s victory sets up an exciting final in the group, with the Swedes leading Spain by two points with two games to go for each, including a meeting between the countries in Spain on Matchday 10.

Group D: Pukki breaks Finnish record

Teemu Pukki became Finlandscorer record scoring both goals in a 2-0 win at Kazakhstan.

The Norwich striker’s brace saw him score 33 international goals, one more than Finnish legend Jari Litmanen.

The win leaves Finland third in Group D, one point behind Ukraine, who drew 1-1 with Bosnia and herzegovina, and four behind the leaders France.


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