England and Belgium strengthened their positions on the high of their sections on Thursday nevertheless it was a distinct story for Spain, who relinquished first place and their 66-game unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers with defeat in Sweden.
On Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo struck two late targets – the first making him international football’s all-time leading scorer – to show defeat into victory for Portugal. Elsewhere, Denmark made it 4 wins from 4 however France, Turkey and the Netherlands have been all held.
UEFA.com wraps up the motion from each nights of Matchday 4.
All Thursday’s matches
Group B: Georgia 0-1 Kosovo, Sweden 2-1 Spain
Group C: Italy 1-1 Bulgaria, Lithuania 1-4 Northern Ireland
Group E: Czech Republic 1-0 Belarus, Estonia 2-5 Belgium
Group I: Andorra 2-0 San Marino, Hungary 0-4 England, Poland 4-1 Albania
Group J: Iceland 0-2 Romania, Liechtenstein 0-2 Germany, North Macedonia 0-0 Armenia
Three Lions roar
England moved 5 factors clear on the high of Group I courtesy of a second-half stroll in Budapest, scoring thrice in quarter-hour by Raheem Sterling’s end after a slick transfer and headers from Harry Kane and Harry Maguire. Declan Rice added a long-range fourth with three minutes remaining.
Sweden finish Spain’s streak
The hosts recovered from conceding an early Carlos Soler aim to beat Spain in Solna and go high of Group B. Alexander Isak cancelled out the opener straight from kick-off – making it 1-1 after simply six minutes – earlier than Dejan Kulusevski’s brilliance arrange Viktor Claesson’s second-half winner. A resolute defensive show noticed the hosts residence and ended La Roja’s 66-game unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers relationship again to 1993.
Italy equalled Spain’s European document of 35 worldwide matches unbeaten – however have been annoyed by a gallant Bulgaria facet in Florence. Federico Chiesa’s fantastic aim put the brand new European champions in entrance however Atanas Iliev swept Bulgaria stage earlier than the break. The Azzurri utterly dominated the second half however courageous defending and a few wonderful goalkeeping from Georgi Georgiev stored them at bay.
Better of the remainder
Belgium needed to get better from a aim all the way down to see off Estonia, with the ever-prolific Romelu Lukaku hanging twice. Robert Lewandowski is equally relentless and he took his tally to 11 targets in his final seven video games for membership and nation with the opener as Poland overcame Albania. There was additionally a successful begin for brand new Germany coach Hansi Flick.
All Wednesday’s outcomes
Group A: Luxembourg 2-1 Azerbaijan, Portugal 2-1 Republic of Ireland
Group D: Kazakhstan 2-2 Ukraine, France 1-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group F: Denmark 2-0 Scotland, Faroe Islands 0-4 Israel, Moldova 0-2 Austria
Group G: Latvia 3-1 Gibraltar, Norway 1-1 Netherlands, Turkey 2-2 Montenegro
Group H: Malta 3-0 Cyprus, Russia 0-0 Croatia, Slovenia 1-1 Slovakia
Ronaldo’s wonderful night time
A dramatic late double from Ronaldo earned pace-setting Portugal three Group A factors on the expense of the Republic of Eire. The guests had taken the lead by John Egan’s first-half header after teenage goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu had saved a Ronaldo penalty. However the 36-year-old wasn’t to be denied as his two headers turned the sport late on. These targets moved Ronaldo high of the all-time record of males’s worldwide goalscorers with 111, on the identical night time he equalled Spain legend Sergio Ramos’ European record of 180 international caps.
Turkey let it slip
Risto Radunović’s sensational last-gasp free-kick rescued a draw for Montenegro after they’d been two targets down and so denied Turkey a three-point lead in Group G. Cengiz Ünder’s spectacular solo run and strike and Yusuf Yazıcı’s close-range end following a slick transfer had given the hosts the momentum till Adam Marušić slotted in near half-time for third-placed Montenegro. With Norway and the Netherlands drawing, the highest 4 are separated by only a single level.
Griezmann’s fortunate break
Antoine Griezmann was credited with the aim that secured ten-man France a Group D level at residence to Bosnia and Herzegovina. His effort cancelled out Edin Dzeko’s opener, however had greater than a contact of fortune as Dzeko’s clearing header hit the France ahead on the again after which took an extra deflection on its approach in, with VAR confirming the ball had crossed the road on its first night in use at all the matches.
Better of the remainder
UEFA EURO 2020 semi-finalists Denmark made it 4 wins from 4 in Group F as they noticed off Scotland and opened up a five-point cushion of their part. Against this, all of the groups in Group H are separated by simply three factors after attracts in Russia and Slovenia, and a document victory in a aggressive sport for Malta.