Scotland beat Austria 4–0 (1–0) on Wednesday evening to win home to the outlying Faroe Islands and are now second in Group F qualifying with five points. At the same time, Israel won 4: 1 (1: 1) behind 0: 1 in the Republic of Moldova and, like the FB team, now held four points after the first three matches. However, the hosts were only ten since the 50th minute after Ion Nikolaescu was expelled for the attack.
After a corner from Vadim Rata and a header from Nikolasu, which was blocked, Caitlin Karp scored a surprise 1-0 (29th) for the outsider at Chisinau. But just before the break, Eran Zahvi scored with his 25th international goal following a pass from Dor Pertz, a worthy compensation for Israel, watched by former ÖFB Sports Director Willibald Rutsteiner (45th + 2) Was.
Shortly after the move, Israeli defenders Lai Taha and Rata clashed. Nikolasu interfered with this physical argument and pushed Taha to the ground. While the other two fighters competed with yellow, Swedish referee Bazan Pandzik showed the striker red. This means that Nikolaescu is missing in a home game against Austria on 1 September, as is defender Igor Aramas, who has been suspended from the yellow.
With another man, Israel no longer had any problems. Zahvi failed in a direct duel with goalkeeper Alexey Koslev, but Manor Solomon (57th) took the dust, as Koslev then checked with ex-Salzburg striker Munas Dabbor (64th) with a deflected cross. Not even two minutes later, Captain Bibas got a nacho after a hair error in the build-up to the final score (66%).
Scotland took the lead with a John McGinn goal in the 7th minute at Hampden Park in Glasgow. The Aston Villa midfielder also aimed to take a 2–2 lead in the home game against Austria with a superb overhead kick last week. Even after the break, McGinn was quickly on the spot – this time with a head after Kiran Tierney’s cross (53rd). The 3–0 result came from a shot from about 20 meters by Che Adams (60th). Ryan Fraser got the final score with a head after Andrew Robertson (70th) cross.
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