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Hat-tricks of Ronaldo and Kane, a masterpiece of Spartak midfielder and tickets for France and Turkey: a review of the Euro 2020 qualifiers


England scored seven unanswered goals against Montenegro and qualified for the European Championship. Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane scored hat tricks and continued to argue for the title of the best scorer of the qualifying tournament, and Alex Kral helped the Czech Republic for the seventh consecutive time to qualify for the continent. France and Turkey guaranteed a ticket to the continental championship, and Iceland for the first time since 2014 will miss a major international tournament.

Defeat from England in the 1000th match

On the eve of the seventh match of the Euro 2020 qualification, the wards of Gareth Southgate almost solved the problem of reaching the final stage of the tournament, but still had no right to relax in a meeting with Montenegro. For the “three lions”, she became the 1000th in the international arena, so Harry Kane and the company made every effort to please the fans at Wembley.

By the 37th minute, the British upset Milan Miyatovich five times and guaranteed themselves a ticket to the European Championship. It is worth noting that the last time the founders of football showed a similar rate of fire in November 1946, when they scored five goals for the Dutch in 35 minutes.

The account was opened by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who became the first representative of Liverpool in three years, who managed to excel in the game for the national team. Marcus Rushford chalked up another goal, and the main character’s laurels went to Harry Kane. He became not only the first player of the “Three Lions” to draw a hat-trick in two consecutive meetings at Wembley, but also the most productive captain in the history of the team. With 24 goals, he beat former record holder Viva Woodward (23).

In the second half, there was no talk of any struggle. Farouk Hadzhibegich’s team was never able to print Jordan Pickford’s gate, but he hit his own. Aleksandar Schofranac scored an own goal, and the final score was set by Tammy Abraham - 7: 0.

Willful victory of the Czech Republic

If England reserved the first line in group A, then the Czech Republic took the second place. In a principled match, the squad of Yaroslav Shilgava got the better of the Kosovo team and secured a place among the 24 strongest teams of the continent for the round to the end of the qualifying tournament. It is worth noting that the “national team” is a regular in the European Championships and after the collapse of Czechoslovakia did not miss a single championship.

All major events occurred in the second half of the reporting match. At the 50th minute, the team from Kosovo took the lead, but could not keep the lead. The hosts responded to the ball with Atdhi Nuhiu with two goals, and Alex Kral became the main creator of success. First, the Spartak midfielder was noted for a magnificent long-range strike, and then his head struck his partner Ondrzej Jawly exactly in the foot. Thanks to this victory, the Czechs won 15 points, and the lag of the Kosovars reached four points, which crossed out their chances of leaving the group.

Six goals of Portugal and the chances of Serbia

The current champions of the continent, although they could not repeat the achievement of the British, but also pleased their fans with a hail of goals scored. In a meeting with the Lithuanians, they won with a score of 6: 0. True, unlike the founders of football, this did not provide them with an early exit to the Old World Championship.

As part of European Brazilians, Cristiano Ronaldo was expected to be the most productive. He distinguished himself three times, and the second time he did it especially beautifully. The Juventus forward tracked the opponent’s mistake and drove the ball into the net with a long shot. Thanks to this match, he brought the number of his goals to ten and took third place in the dispute of the scorers of the qualification tournament. At the moment, he is second only to the same Kane and the Israeli Eran Zahavi (each of them has 11).

The defeat of the Lithuanian team was completed by Pizzi, Gonçalo Paciens and Bernard Silva, which allowed the Portuguese national team to retain second place in the group B. The team and Ronaldo have 14 points and are only one ahead of the Serbs.

It is noteworthy that the “team of the elite” could already guarantee themselves a ticket to Euro 2020. To do this, they needed Serbia to lose points in the match with Luxembourg, but it still achieved victory with a minimal advantage (3: 2) and retained the intrigue. A double at his own expense was recorded by Aleksandar Mitrovich.

True, this is unlikely to help football players Lyubisha Tumbakovich complete the task of entering the tournament. In the final round, they will play with the leaders of the quintet - Ukrainians, and the Portuguese will face off against the Luxembourgers.

The success of France and Turkey

For two rounds until the end of the qualification, three representatives of the group H retained the chances to break into Euro 2020. But if France had enough to beat Moldova, then the Turkish team had to defend the right to a ticket in the face-to-face battle with Iceland. The Vikings were four points behind the leader’s duet and only in case of victory could they keep the chances of an exit.

The meeting between direct competitors began earlier than the rest of the matches. Erik Hamren's football players were unable to take advantage of any of the few moments and print the opponent’s goal. The closest to this was Herdur Magnusson. CSKA defender won the horse fight and shot great, but Merih Demiral brought the ball from the ribbon.

The game ended in a goalless draw, which crossed out the Icelanders' chances of reaching the European Championship. Due to an unsuccessful performance in the League of Nations, the Vikings lost the opportunity to participate in the tournament butt games and are guaranteed to miss the continental championship.

France unexpectedly experienced serious difficulties in the confrontation with Moldova. Already in the ninth minute, the guests announced their intention to create a sensation and stepped forward. Vadim Raca took advantage of Clement Langle's grave mistake and plunged the Stade de France into shock.

World champions equalized only closer to the end of the half. Olivier Giraud imposed a fight on goalkeeper rival Alexei Koshelev and forced him to drop the ball out of his hands. He bounced to Rafael Varan, who restored the status quo. Perhaps in this episode there was an attack on the goalkeeper, but the chief referee did not record a violation of the rules.

Tricolor possessed a colossal advantage and delivered 17 shots on goal of the opponent, but could differ only from a point. Luke Dinh's breakthrough in the penalty area ended in a foul, and Olivier Giraud sold 11-meter.

Thus, ten of the 24 teams that will play at Euro 2020 are already known. The teams from England, Turkey, France and the Czech Republic joined the previously selected Belgium, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.

Source: russiart

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