Thanks to a hat trick from Harry Kane with convincing figures, England beat Bulgaria in the European Championship qualification on Saturday. The team of national team coach Gareth Southgate won 4-0 at Wembley, while Kosovo stunted the Czech Republic in the same group.
Because of the big win, England continues to lead in group A with nine points from three games. Bulgaria is only two points behind, and is therefore at the bottom.
Kane made his first goal in the middle of the first half and that was the only goal before half time. In the second half, the 26-year-old captain took advantage of a penalty kick in the 49th and 73rd minutes. In between, Raheem Sterling signed for the 3-0.
Southgate Mason Mount made his debut at a score of 3-0. The 20-year-old midfielder was loaned by Chelsea to Vitesse in the 2017/2018 season. Mount is now a fixture at the Premier League club from London.
Former Vitesse player Mason Mount made his debut as a substitute. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Kosovo can hope for EC participation
Behind England, Kosovo is now the surprising number two group A with eight points from four games. Because of the victory on Saturday against the Czech Republic, the Kosovars can seriously hope to participate in the European Championship 2020.
The number 120 of the FIFA ranking did fall behind in Pristina against the global number 43 by a hit by Patrick Schick, but before half-time Vedat Muriqi equalized.
In the second half the home crowd cheered again when Mergim Vojvoda. That was it in the match that was called by Danny Makkelie.
The Kosovar team played its first international match in March 2014 and is still waiting for the first participation in a final tournament. Kosovo will play against the English on Tuesday and the Czech Republic will take on Montenegro at home.
Joy at Kosovo that stunted the Czech Republic. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Stand group A
- 1. England 3-9 (+13)
- 2. Kosovo 4-8 (+2)
- 3. Czech Republic 4-6 (-2)
- 4. Montenegro 4-2 (-7)
- 5. Bulgaria 5-2 (-6)
Ukraine remains on track for EC participation
In group B, Ukraine is well on its way to the third European Championship in a row. The Ukrainians won 0-3 in Lithuania on Saturday and are therefore convincingly in the lead.
Former PSV player Oleksandr Zinchenko opened the score after six minutes in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Marlos (27th minute) and Ruslan Malinovskyi (61st minute) further increased the score.
European champion Portugal will play Serbia later on Saturday in the same group. Cristiano Ronaldo and his countrymen only have two points, but they also only played two games.
Joy at Oleksandr Zinchenko (left) after the goal against Lithuania. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Stand group B
- 1. Ukraine 5-13 (+10)
- 2. Luxembourg 4-4 (-1)
- 3. Serbia 3-4 (-2)
- 4. Portugal 2-2 (0)
- 5. Lithuania 4-1 (-7)
Scorende Sigthórsson helps Iceland win
In Group H, Iceland was 3-0 too strong for Moldova on Saturday. Kolbeinn Sigthórsson, former AZ and Ajax player, opened the Reykjavik score in the first half, after which Birkir Bjarnason doubled the lead in the second half. Thanks to Victor Mudrac's own goal, it also became 3-0.
The Icelanders, who made their debut at the European Championships in 2016, are now leading the group with twelve points from five games. They only lost to France, which later on Saturday can reach the same level as it beats Albania.
Turkey, which, like the French, has nine points, receives Andorra.
Stand group H
- 1. Iceland 5-12 (+3)
- 2. Turkey 4-9 (+7)
- 3. France 4-9 (+9)
- 4. Albania 4-6 (+3)
- 5. Moldova 5-3 (-11)
- 6. Andorra 4-0 (-10)