Italy held in check, Belgium is a hit

Despite the opening of the scoring by Chiesa, the Italian European champions were held in check at home by Bulgaria (1-1) Thursday evening, in Group C of which they nevertheless remain leaders. Mancini’s men, who did not shine, still set a new unbeaten record.

A goal from Vanaken, a brace from Lukaku, then goals from Witsel and Foket were enough for Belgium to dominate Estonia in Group E. A 5-2 victory barely marred by the Estonian quick opener, after only two minutes. Estonia scored their second goal late in the game. The Red Devils lead the group ahead of the Czech Republic.

England crushes Hungary

A month and a half after the Euro final lost at home, England quietly got back on the road by crushing Hungary (4-0) Thursday on the fourth day of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

After a first period poor in chances, the « Three Lions » accelerated after the break. Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling opened the scoring (55th) before serving Harry Kane for the 2-0 goal (63rd). Harry Maguire (69th) and Declan Rice at the end of the match (88th) increased the score.

Gareth Southgate’s players continue their clear round in Group I of the playoffs with this fourth success in as many games.

Flick’s Germany very pale against Liechtenstein

For Hansi Flick’s first on the bench, Germany painstakingly beat Liechtenstein 2-0 on Thursday, but will have to show a whole different face on Sunday against Armenia and Wednesday against Iceland to convince that a change is really in sight. Classes.

In the days preceding the meeting, players and commentators had spoken of renewed enthusiasm, the desire to win back the public, and attractive playing philosophy, before this series of three qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup.

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