Austria’s next rival in qualifying for the World Cup celebrated a hard-fought success on Saturday. Scotland beat Outer Moldova 1–0 (1–0) at home and overtook Austria (7) by 8 points in the Group F table. The lead is still held by flawless EM semifinalist Denmark (15), who won only 1–0 (0–0) in the Faroe Islands.
>> Match Report: Faroe Islands against Denmark
Jonas Wind ensured Denmark’s fifth breakthrough in the fifth game in the 85th minute, shortly before hosts René Jonsson lost to Yellow-Red (84th). The Scots, who will be in Vienna on Tuesday (8.45 pm), appeared with six newcomers in the starting line-up compared to a 2-0 draw against Denmark at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Along with Lyndon Dykes, one of them gave an early lead (14th) to the home team, which failed to make it despite their chances.
In Group D, world champions France were left behind in Kiev before the break as a soulful cross corner was hit from the edge of the penalty area (44th) and Mykola Shaparenkos was hit and immediately after restarting with a draw by Anthony Martial. Only after was able to answer. 50th). Substitute Moussa Diaby came closest to the winning goal, but hit the post after 78 minutes. As some regular personnel were not available, French coach Didier Deschamps was also able to use forces from the second line. After the third draw in the fifth game, the lead is still held by the French, who are 9 points ahead of Ukraine and Finland (5 each). The Finns secured their first victory in a 1-0 win over Kazakhstan on Saturday.
In Group G, the better Netherlands took 38 minutes against Montenegro and scored a penalty to establish a well-deserved lead from Memphis Depay. In the second half, FC Barcelona’s neo-Legionaires followed suit (62nd), Georginio Wijnaldum (70th) and Cody Gakpo (76th) to finally ensure a runaway victory. Oranje is still second on the table, two points behind Turkey, which won 3-0 in Gibraltar. On equal points with the Netherlands are Norway, which with a penalty from Erling Haaland (20th) got on its way to victory in a 2–0 victory over Latvia.
Serbia continued to qualify after a 4–1 win over Luxembourg in Group A and a 4–1 victory over the Russians and Croats tied in Group H. Russia celebrated 2–0 (1–0) in Cyprus, Croatia won 1–0 (0–0, Slovakia : 0).
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