Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Denmark solves the World Cup ticket flawlessly
Fighting overshadows England’s qualifying mistake
While Hungarian fans are already misbehaving at Wembley Stadium, Denmark is completing a perfect World Cup qualification. In Albania the game is interrupted after attacks against the players and Cristiano Ronaldo scores three times against his favorite opponent.
Denmark goes to Qatar, England fails after riots in Wembley, Italy and Spain have to tremble again: On the way to the desert World Cup 2022, only EM semifinalist Denmark ensured clear conditions on Tuesday and became the second team to get the ticket for the finals . On the other hand, a real thriller awaits several top teams in November.
The Danes are spared this thrill: The team of coach Kasper Hjulmand celebrated their eighth to-zero victory in the eighth qualifying game in a 1-0 (0-0) win against Austria and went to a final round for the second time in a row. Previously, only Germany had qualified for Qatar in terms of sport. Joakim Mähle (53rd) scored in Copenhagen for the Danes, who are the only European team that have not yet given a point. For Austria, with the coach Franco Foda, who was recently criticized, the last hope for the playoff place fell through.
England meanwhile had to be content with a 1-1 (1-1) draw against Hungary, but remain leaders in Group I. Shortly after the kick-off, there were fights between Hungarian chaots and police officers in the guest block. Dozens of hooligans had previously pushed back the stewards before the police approached with batons.
The London police had taken special security precautions in advance to prevent problems with the notorious Hungary fans – in vain. Before the kick-off, the guest supporters booed loudly when the England national team fell on their knees and presented a banner as a protest. During the first leg in September, Hungarian fans caused outrage when they racially insulted English players. The game of pursuers Poland in Albania was interrupted when the score was 1-0 for the guests because several bottles flew at the players while celebrating the goal. In the twelve minutes that followed, there was no further goal, the team around Bayern star Robert Lewandowski moved past the opponent to the playoff spot.
Ronaldo extends men’s goal record
Meanwhile, Switzerland took on European champions Italy in Group C. The Swiss won against Lithuania 4-0 (3-0) in Vilnius and after six games they have 14 points in their account just like the Azzurri. Breel Embolo from Borussia Mönchengladbach (31st / 44th), Renato Steffen from Wolfsburg (42nd) and ex-Schalke Mario Gavranovic (90th + 4) met. On November 12th there will be a decisive duel between the top teams in Rome for the direct World Cup ticket.
Things remain tight for Spain too: Competitor Sweden jumped back to the top of the table in Group B with a 2-0 (0-0) win against Greece, two points ahead of the Iberians. Emil Forsberg from Leipzig (59th / foul penalty) and ex-Dortmund Alexander Isak (69th) took care of the goals.
Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals in a 5-0 (3-0) win against Luxembourg and expanded his world record in men’s football to 115 international goals. Luxembourg is Ronaldo’s favorite opponent: The 36-year-old has not met any other nation more often in his international career (9).
Teemu Pukki also shot himself in the history books: The ex-Schalke scored his number 32 and 33 (45th / 47th) in the national jersey in the 2-0 (1-0) against Kazakhstan and replaced Jari Litmanen as the Finnish record scorer. With eight points, Finland is level with Ukraine in Group G, behind leaders France (12).