The meetings of groups B, C, E, I and J continued this Sunday evening, within the framework of the qualifications for the World Cup 2022. In group B, Spain had to react against Georgia (5th, 1 point ), after his defeat in Sweden on Thursday (2-1). Second with two points behind and one game more than the Scandinavians, a victory was essential for La Roja in order to hope not to have to go through the dams. At the same time, Greece (4th, 2 points) moved to Kosovo (3rd, 3 points). First in Group C with 10 points, Italy would challenge Switzerland (2nd, 6 points). The same goes for Belgium (1st, 10 points) which received the Czech Republic (2nd, 7 points) in group E. Last one in group I with 0 points, San Marino welcomed Poland (2nd, 7 points). Finally, shock at the top in Group J, where Germany (2nd, 9 points) received Armenia (1st, 10 points), while Liechtenstein (6th, 0 points) moved on the lawn of Romania ( 4th, 6 points).
Spain is reassured
Under pressure before the meeting, Spain got off to a perfect start and materialized their domination. Gaya was at the reception of a badly rejected corner and his deflected shot ended in the back of the net (1-0, 14th). La Roja quickly took two goals in advance thanks to the achievement of Soler (2-0, 25th). Thrown in depth by Torres, Llorente retreated to the latter, who deceived Loria with a cross strike (3-0, 41st). While Simon was not far from making a mistake by releasing an easy ball, Sarabia scored the fourth Spanish goal on the following action (4-0, 63rd). In the duel at the bottom of Pool B, Greece, dominated in the first half, still managed to take the advantage (0-1, 45 + 1). A score that the Greeks thought to hold until the end, but Muriqi finally equalized (1-1, 90 + 2).
The European champion, first in Pool C, received Switzerland, second. With four points ahead in the standings before the meeting, Italy had the opportunity to impose a little more its domination on this group. La Nazionale dominated in the first act (58% possession), without managing to take the advantage. The Italians stumbled against a very good Sommer, author of seven saves and the score remained (0-0), but still broke the record of invincibility of a selection by chaining his 36th consecutive game without defeat. Belgium had the opportunity to extend their lead in Group E with the reception of their runners-up, the Czech Republic, which for its part had seen Wales come back to a length of it in the standings. For his 100th selection with the Red Devils, Lukaku hit entry and gave his team the advantage (1-0, 8th). A few minutes before the end of the first period, Vanaken found Hazard with a heel, which deceived Stanek with a sharp point (2-0, 41st). The Belgians continued to provide opportunities and Saelemaekers scored his first goal in the selection, for his second appearance (3-0, 65th).
Germany crushes Armenia
In Group I, Poland had to win in San Marino to return to Albania, which had beaten Hungary a little earlier against (1-0). The Poles took the advantage quickly through the inevitable Lewandowski (0-1, 4th). Swiderski made the break a few minutes later (0-2, 16th), before the Bayern Munich striker doubled the bet (0-3, 21st). Poland even led by four goals at the break, after Linetty’s goal (0-4, 44 ‘). San Marino reduced the gap after returning from the locker room thanks to Nanni (1-4, 48th), but Buksa gave his team back four lengths (1-5, 67th). The attacker even scored a hat-trick in the very last minutes of the meeting (1-6, 90 + 2, 1-7, 90 + 4).
Germany could take the lead of Group J by beating the leader, Armenia. Served behind the defense by Goretzka, Gnabry opened the scoring from the first minutes of the match (1-0, 6th), before offering himself a brace (2-0, 15th). A few minutes before half-time, Reus scored the Mannschaft’s third goal (3-0, 35th) and Werner worsened the score just before returning to the locker room (4-0, 45th). Armenia continued to take water in the second half and cashed in a new achievement from Hofmann (5-0, 52nd). In added time, Adeyemi also went there with his goal (6-0, 90 + 1). At the same time, Romania received Liechtenstein, last in the pool. A match mastered by the Romanians who led by two goals in less than 20 minutes, after achievements by Tosca (1-0, 11th) and Manea (2-0, 18th).
Spain 4-0 Georgia
Kosovo 1 – 1 Greece
Switzerland 0-0 Italy
Belgium 3-0 Czech Republic
San Marino 1-7 Poland
Germany 6-0 Armenia
Romania 2-0 Liechtenstein
The 2022 World Cup qualifying standings
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