England and Italy win – Kazakhstan shocks Denmark

He was involved in both of England’s goals: Bukayo Saka had a goal and an assist against Ukraine.Bild: keystone

Group C

England – Ukraine 2:0

England celebrate their second win in the second game of the European Championship qualifier. Last year’s European Championship finalists drew easily 2-0 against Ukraine in their first appearance of the campaign.

On Thursday, Harry Kane became England’s top scorer in history thanks to his penalty goal against Italy (2-1). And the Tottenham striker’s thirst for goals doesn’t seem to have been quenched, as the captain was on hand to block a Bukayo Saka cross into the goal against Ukraine (37′). It was a close-range goal, the likes of which the now 55-time goalscorer for the Three Lions has scored before. England’s second goal amazed fans at Wembley when Saka, Granit Xhaka’s team-mate at Arsenal, flicked the ball from the edge of the box into the top left corner of the goal just under three minutes later.

As a result, Gareth Southgate’s side, who gave Brentford striker Ivan Toney his international debut aged 27, had several opportunities to extend their lead and further improve the goal difference. Despite not scoring more goals in London, England, who travel to Malta on Matchday 3 in June, should be satisfied with their start to this qualifying period.

England – Ukraine 2:0 (2:0)
london SR Bold (NED).
Tore: 37. Kane 1:0. 40. From 2:0.
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell; Bellingham (85. Gallagher), Henderson, Rice; Saka, Kane (81. Toney), Maddison (85. Grealish).

Malta – Italy 0:2

Italy won for the first time in the second game of EURO qualifiers but also struggled to convert their chances into goals in Malta. Only Mateo Retegui, who had already scored against England, and Matteo Pessina scored against the midget. After the 27th minute, the “Squadra Azzurra” failed to score again.

The Tor of Matthew Body.Video: streamja

Malta – Italy 0:2 (0:2)
Ta’ Qali. SR Kabakov (BUL).
Tore: 15. Retegui 0:1. 27. Pessina 0:2.
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo (46. Darmian), Scalvini (83. Toloi), Romagnoli, Emerson; Pessina, Cristante, Tonali (66. Verratti); Politano, Retegui (66. Scamacca), Gnonto (22. Grifo).
Remarks: 22. Gnonto substituted injured.

Group H

Kazakhstan 3-2 Denmark

Almost unbelievable scenes took place in Astana during the European Championship qualifier between Kazakhstan and Denmark. At the break, the visitors led 2-0 thanks to two goals from Rasmus Höjlund and everything looked like the favorites would win as expected. But the Kazakhs turned up the heat – especially from the 73rd minute. Because Baqtijar Sainutdinow met from eleven meters to 1: 2. In the 86th minute, Asqat Taghybergen equalized with a remarkable long-range shot before Abat Ayymbetov made the turn.

Kazakhstan are level with Denmark on points after losing 2-1 to Slovenia in their first game. Denmark, who were eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup, suffered disappointment after beating Finland 3-1. The 20-year-old Höjlund had already scored all of the Danes’ goals in the game and now has five goals in his first two starts for the national team.

Höjlund takes the lead.Video: streamja

The worth seeing compensation of Taghybergen.Video: streamja

Abat Ayymbetov creates complete ecstasy in Astana.Video: streamja

Kazakhstan 3-2 Denmark (0-2)
Astana. SR Simovic (SRB).
Tore: 21. Höjlund 0:1. 36. Höjlund 0:2. 73. Zaynutdinow 1:2. 86. Tagybergen 2:2. 89. Aymbetow 3:2.
Remark: 96. Yellow card against Aymbetov (Kazakhstan/foul).

Slovenia 2-0 San Marino (0-0)
Ljubljana. SR Verboomen (WHITE).
Tore: 56. Šeško 1:0. 60. Di Maio (Eigentor) 2:0.
Remark: Slovenia without Celar (Lugano/Spare).

Northern Ireland 0-1 Finland (0-1)
Belfast. SR Kruzliak (SVK).
Tor: 28. Källman 0:1.

Group J

Luxemburg – Portugal 0:6

Portugal, the 2016 European champions, achieved an easy victory. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the 6-0 win over Luxembourg. The 38-year-old now has 122 international goals, extending his world record. After half an hour it was already 4:0 for the Portuguese.

Bernardo Silva converts a long pass from João Palhinha.Video: streamja

Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal.Video: streamja

Rafael Leão scores the final point.Video: streamja

Luxemburg – Portugal 0:6 (0:4)
Luxembourg. SR Petrescu (ROU).
Tore: 9. Ronaldo 0:1. 15. John Felix 0:2. 18. Bernardo Silva 0:3. 31. Ronaldo 0:4. 77. Otavio 0:5. 88. Lion 0:6.
Remark: 85. Leão misses the penalty.

Liechtenstein 0-7 Iceland (0-2)
Vaduz. SR Kehlet (DEN).
Tore: 3. Olafsson 0:1. 38. Haraldsson 0:2. 48. Gunnarsson 0:3. 68. Gunnarsson 0:4. 73. Gunnarsson 0:5. 85. Gudjohnsen 0:6. 87. Ellertsson 0:7.

Slovakia 2-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina (2-0)
Bratislava. SR Di Bello (ITA).
Tore: 13. Mak 1:0. 40. Haraslin 2:0.
Remark: Bosnia-Herzegovina with Stevanovic (Servette/from 74th).


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