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Saturday, September 4, 2021

European Qualifiers: Ukraine frustrate France, Netherlands cruise –

France were forced to fight back to salvage a draw as an outstanding first-half strike from Ukraine’s Mykola Shaparenkoto threatened to shatter the Group D leaders’ unbeaten qualifying campaign.

Elsewhere the Netherlands cruised to victory in Eindhoven and Turkey secured three points on the road. In Group F, Israel resisted an Austrian resurgence to stay second as Denmark increased their cushion at the top. wraps up the night’s action.

All Saturday’s results

Group A: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Azerbaijan, Serbia 4-1 Luxembourg
Group D: Finland 1-0 Kazakhstan, Ukraine 1-1 France
Group F: Faroe Islands 0-1 Denmark, Israel 5-2 Austria, Scotland 1-0 Moldova
Group G: Latvia 0-2 Norway, Gibraltar 0-3 Turkey, Netherlands 4-0 Montenegro
Group H: Cyprus 0-2 Russia, Slovenia 1-0 Malta, Slovakia 0-1 Croatia

Mykola Shaparenko celebrates Ukraine's opener

Mykola Shaparenko celebrates Ukraine’s openerAFP via Getty Images

Depay at the double
The Netherlands remain a point behind Group G leaders Turkey after easing past fourth-placed Montenegro. Memphis Depay fired a clinical double either side of half-time – the first a penalty – before Georginio Wijnaldum’s strike and a stunning curler from Cody Gakpo sealed an emphatic victory for Louis van Gaal in the first home match of his third spell as coach.

Les Bleus draw comfort
Anthony Martial scored his first international goal for five years to earn France a point as Ukraine made it five draws from five in Group D. Martial found the net early in the second half to cancel out Mykola Shaparenko’s stunning strike, his first international goal, which reduced the Dynamo Kyiv midfielder to tears. Substitute Moussa Diaby struck the post as France sought a winner, but a captivating contest ended all square.

Erling Haaland and Co celebrate in Riga

Erling Haaland and Co celebrate in RigaAFP via Getty Images

Best of the rest
Shane Duffy’s late header in Dublin rescued the Republic of Ireland, cancelling out Emin Makhmudov’s wonder strike for Azerbaijan to give both teams their first qualifying point. Top of the scoring charts, Aleksandar Mitrović swelled his goal haul to seven, striking twice in Serbia’s defeat of Luxembourg, while Erling Haaland converted from the penalty spot as Norway saw off Latvia.

All Sunday’s matches

Group B: Kosovo vs Greece, Spain vs Georgia
Group C: Bulgaria vs Lithuania (18:00), Switzerland vs Italy
Group E: Belarus vs Wales (15:00), Belgium vs Czech Republic
Group I: Albania vs Hungary (18:00), England vs Andorra (18:00), San Marino vs Poland
Group J: Iceland vs North Macedonia (18:00), Germany vs Armenia, Romania vs Liechtenstein

Kick-offs 20:45 CET unless stated

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