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UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying schedule: fixtures, results

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 run from March to November 2019 – check out all the fixtures and keep up with all the results right here.


All kick-offs 20:45CET unless otherwise stated.


Thursday 21 March

Group C: Netherlands 4-0 Belarus, Northern Ireland 2-0 Estonia
Group E: Croatia 2-1 Azerbaijan, Slovakia 2-0 Hungary
Group G: Austria 0-1 Poland, FYR Macedonia 3-1 Latvia, Israel 1-1 Slovenia
Group I: Belgium 3-1 Russia, Kazakhstan 3-0 Scotland, Cyprus 5-0 San Marino

Friday 22 March

Group A: England 5-0 Czech Republic, Bulgaria 1-1 Montenegro
Group B: Portugal 0-0 Ukraine, Luxembourg 2-1 Lithuania
Group H: Moldova 1-4 France, Andorra 0-2 Iceland, Albania 0-2 Turkey

Saturday 23 March

Group D: Georgia 0-2 Switzerland, Gibraltar 0-1 Republic of Ireland
Group F: Spain 2-1 Norway, Sweden 2-1 Romania, Malta 2-1 Faroe Islands
Group J: Italy 2-0 Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 Armenia, Liechtenstein 0-2 Greece


Sunday 24 March

Group C: Netherlands v Germany, Northern Ireland v Belarus
Group E: Wales v Slovakia (15:00), Hungary v Croatia (18:00)
Group G: Israel v Austria (18:00), Poland v Latvia, Slovenia v FYR Macedonia
Group I: Kazakhstan v Russia (15:00), San Marino v Scotland (18:00), Cyprus v Belgium

Monday 25 March

Group A: Montenegro v England, Kosovo v Bulgaria
Group B: Portugal v Serbia, Luxembourg v Ukraine
Group H: Turkey v Moldova (18:00), France v Iceland, Andorra v Albania

Tuesday 26 March

Group D: Switzerland v Denmark, Republic of Ireland v Georgia
Group F: Malta v Spain, Norway v Sweden, Romania v Faroe Islands
Group J: Armenia v Finland (18:00), Italy v Liechtenstein, Bosnia and Herzegovina v Greece


Friday 7 June

Group A: Czech Republic v Bulgaria, Montenegro v Kosovo
Group B: Ukraine v Serbia, Lithuania v Luxembourg
Group D: Georgia v Gibraltar (18:00), Denmark v Republic of Ireland
Group F: Faroe Islands v Spain, Sweden v Malta, Norway v Romania
Group G: FYR Macedonia v Poland, Austria v Slovenia, Latvia v Israel

Saturday 8 June

Group C: Estonia v Northern Ireland (18:00), Belarus v Germany
Group E: Croatia v Wales (15:00), Azerbaijan v Hungary (18:00)
Group H: Iceland v Albania (15:00), Moldova v Andorra (18:00), Turkey v France
Group I: Russia v San Marino (18:00), Belgium v Kazakhstan, Scotland v Cyprus
Group J: Finland v Bosnia and Herzegovina (18:00), Armenia v Liechtenstein (18:00), Greece v Italy


Monday 10 June

Group A: Czech Republic v Montenegro, Bulgaria v Kosovo
Group B: Ukraine v Luxembourg, Serbia v Lithuania
Group D: Denmark v Georgia, Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar
Group F: Spain v Sweden, Malta v RomaniaFaroe Islands v Norway
Group G: Poland v Israel, FYR Macedonia v Austria, Latvia v Slovenia

Tuesday 11 June

Group C: Germany v Estonia, Belarus v Northern Ireland
Group E: Azerbaijan v Slovakia (18:00), Hungary v Wales
Group H: Andorra v France, Iceland v Turkey, Albania v Moldova
Group I: Kazakhstan v San Marino (16:00), Belgium v Scotland, Russia v Cyprus
Group J: Italy v Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece v Armenia, Liechtenstein v Finland


Thursday 5 September

Group D: Republic of Ireland v Switzerland, Gibraltar v Denmark
Group F: Romania v Spain, Norway v Malta, Faroe Islands v Sweden
Group G: Israel v FYR Macedonia
Group J: Armenia v Italy (18:00), Bosnia and Herzegovina v Liechtenstein, Finland v Greece

Friday 6 September

Group C: Germany v Netherlands, Estonia v Belarus
Group E: Slovakia v Croatia, Wales v Azerbaijan
Group G: Slovenia v Poland, Austria v Latvia
Group I: San Marino v Belgium, Scotland v Russia, Cyprus v Kazakhstan

Saturday 7 September

Group A: Kosovo v Czech Republic (15:00), England v Bulgaria (18:00)
Group B: Lithuania v Ukraine (18:00), Serbia v Portugal
Group H: Iceland v Moldova (18:00), France v Albania, Turkey v Andorra


Sunday 8 September

Group D: Switzerland v Gibraltar (18:00), Georgia v Denmark (18:00)
Group F
: Spain v Faroe Islands (15:00), Romania v Malta (18:00), Sweden v Norway
Group J: Armenia v Bosnia and Herzegovina (18:00), Finland v Italy, Greece v Liechtenstein

Monday 9 September

Group C: Northern Ireland v Germany, Estonia v Netherlands
Group E: Azerbaijan v Croatia (18:00), Hungary v Slovakia
Group G: Poland v Austria, Slovenia v Israel, Latvia v FYR Macedonia
Group I: Scotland v Belgium, Russia v Kazakhstan, San Marino v Cyprus

Tuesday 10 September

Group A: England v Kosovo, Montenegro v Czech Republic
Group B: Lithuania v Portugal, Luxembourg v Serbia
Group H: France v Andorra, Albania v Iceland, Moldova v Turkey


Thursday 10 October

Group C: Netherlands v Northern Ireland, Belarus v Estonia
Group E: Croatia v Hungary, Slovakia v Wales
Group G: Latvia v Poland, Austria v Israel, FYR Macedonia v Slovenia
Group I: Kazakhstan v Cyprus (16:00), Belgium v San Marino, Russia v Scotland

Friday 11 October

Group A: Czech Republic v England, Montenegro v Bulgaria
Group B: Portugal v Luxembourg, Ukraine v Lithuania
Group H: Iceland v France, Turkey v Albania, Andorra v Moldova

Saturday 12 October

Group D: Georgia v Republic of Ireland (15:00), Denmark v Switzerland (18:00)
Group F: Faroe Islands v Romania (18:00), Norway v Spain, Malta v Sweden
Group J: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Finland (18:00), Italy v Greece, Liechtenstein v Armenia


Sunday 13 October

Group C: Belarus v Netherlands (18:00), Estonia v Germany
Group E: Hungary v Azerbaijan (18:00), Wales v Croatia
Group G: Poland v FYR Macedonia, Slovenia v Austria
Group I: Kazakhstan v Belgium (15:00), Cyprus v Russia (18:00), Scotland v San Marino (18:00)

Monday 14 October

Group A: Bulgaria v England, Kosovo v Montenegro
Group B: Ukraine v Portugal, Lithuania v Serbia
Group H: France v Turkey, Iceland v Andorra, Moldova v Albania

Tuesday 15 October

Group D: Switzerland v Republic of Ireland, Gibraltar v Georgia
Group F: Sweden v Spain, Romania v Norway, Faroe Islands v Malta
Group G: Israel v Latvia
Group J: Liechtenstein v Italy, Greece v Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland v Armenia


Thursday 14 November

Group A: England v Montenegro, Czech Republic v Kosovo
Group B: Portugal v Lithuania, Serbia v Luxembourg
Group H: Turkey v Iceland (18:00), France v Moldova, Albania v Andorra

Friday 15 November

Group D: Switzerland v Georgia, Denmark v Gibraltar
Group F: Spain v Malta, Romania v Sweden, Norway v Faroe Islands (18:00)
Group J
: Armenia v Greece (18:00), Finland v Liechtenstein (18:00), Bosnia and Herzegovina v Italy

Saturday 16 November

Group C: Germany v Belarus, Northern Ireland v Netherlands
Group E: Azerbaijan v Wales (18:00), Croatia v Slovakia
Group G: Slovenia v Latvia (18:00), Israel v Poland, Austria v FYR Macedonia
Group I: Cyprus v Scotland (15:00), Russia v Belgium (18:00), San Marino v Kazakhstan (18:00)


Sunday 17 November

Group A: Kosovo v England (18:00), Bulgaria v Czech Republic (18:00)
Group B: Luxembourg v Portugal (15:00), Serbia v Ukraine (15:00)
Group H: Albania v France, Moldova v Iceland, Andorra v Turkey

Monday 18 November

Group D: Gibraltar v Switzerland, Republic of Ireland v Denmark
Group F: Spain v Romania, Sweden v Faroe Islands, Malta v Norway
Group J: Italy v Armenia, Liechtenstein v Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece v Finland

Tuesday 19 November

Group C: Germany v Northern Ireland, Netherlands v Estonia
Group E: Wales v Hungary, Slovakia v Azerbaijan
Group G: Poland v Slovenia, Latvia v Austria, FYR Macedonia v Israel
Group I: Belgium v Cyprus, San Marino v Russia, Scotland v Kazakhstan

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EURO 2020 qualifying: Spain, Italy open with victories

  • Spain, Sweden prevail as Malta end 12-year wait
  • Italy, Bosnia Herzegovina and Greece earn victories
  • Switzerland, Ireland start with away wins
  • Standings; next games in these groups on Tuesday
  • Watch highlights from 24:00CET on Sunday



Gibraltar 0-1 Republic of Ireland
After a goalless first half, Darren Randolph made a fine save to deny home captain Roy Chipolina, just before Jeff Hendrick converted David McGoldrick’s pass to give Ireland all three points.

Georgia 0-2 Switzerland
The UEFA Nations League finalists made hard work of it but a half-time change of system did the trick in Tbilisi. In-form Steven Zuber’s through-the-eye-of-a-needle effort broke the deadlock before the hour and Denis Zakaria sealed the points ten minutes from time, following up when an Albian Ajeti effort was parried.


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Sweden 2-1 Romania
Sweden survived a second-half Romania scare to get their qualifying campaign off to a winning start. The hosts led at half-time through goals from Robin Quaison and Viktor Claesson, and although substitute Claudiu Keșerü cut the deficit shortly after the interval, the visitors were unable to turn their second-half pressure into an equaliser.

Spain 2-1  Norway
Despite fashioning countless first-half chances only Rodrigo, at his Valencia home, found the net prior to the interval, and Joshua King equalised with a penalty midway through the second period. Sergio Ramos responded in kind, restoring Spain’s lead from the spot soon after – the captain’s fifth goal in as many internationals.

©Domenic Aquilina

Malta 2-1 Faroe Islands
Malta ended a 30-game, 12-year wait for a EURO qualifying win thanks to Kyrian Nwoko’s early header and a 77th-minute Steve Borg penalty. Just past the hour Malta keeper Henry Bonello denied Brandur Hendriksson an equaliser from the spot following Andrei Agius’s dismissal, though Jákup Thomsen headed a last-gasp consolation.


Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 Armenia
As Edin Džeko became the first Bosnian to 100 caps, Rade Krunić headed in Miralem Pjanić’s corner. Deni Milošević converted Edin Višća’s cross late on for his first international goal before his handball allowed Henrikh Mkhitaryan to score a stoppage-time penalty.

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Italy 2-0 Finland
First international goals for Nicolò Barella and Moise Kean saw Italy outclass Finland for a first home win in seven. Barella’s thunderous early strike settled Azzurri nerves before Kean coolly slotted a late second. Substitute Fabio Quagliarella struck the crossbar on his international comeback.

Liechtenstein 0-2 Greece
The visitors eased to victory in Vaduz thanks to two fine finishes, Kostas Fortounis breaking the deadlock with a volley just before half-time and substitute Anastasios Donis smashing in a late second.

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How brilliant is Edin Džeko?

At 32, Edin Džeko remains one of the continent’s top goalscorers at Roma, and the ‘Bosnian Diamond’ will further cement his reputation at home if he becomes his nation’s first 100-cap player this week. Credit where it’s due, says 

What they say
“If a coach could make a striker, I’d make one like Džeko. He’s the perfect prototype: strong, tall, fast for his height, combative, aggressive and has good technique.”
Luciano Spalletti, former Roma coach

Watch five goals from Edin Džeko

“He’s rubbish at football, but great at goalscoring.”
Noel Gallagher, Oasis songwriter and Manchester City fan

“Edin is the best striker in Europe. You will see. He is better than Ibrahimović.”
Miroslav Blažević, former Switzerland, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina coach

“Italian journalists gave me funny looks and even laughed when I said Džeko would be Serie A top scorer after a bad first season. Who’s laughing now?”
Mehmed Baždarević, former Bosnia and Herzegovina coach

“I met him for the first time in 2003 when I started to coach Željezničar; he was 17 and amazingly no one saw him as any kind of talent. But I saw his gift.”
Jiří Plíšek, former Željezničar coach

Current tally
International: 99 appearances, 55 goals
UEFA club competition: 89 appearances, 38 goals
Domestic competition: 501 appearances, 225 goals

Džeko takes Crossbar Challenge

Claims to fame

• Started out as a midfielder, winning a junior cup with the Sarajevo club in 2002/03, with his coach Jusuf Šehović remembering: “He had the talent, even more he had application. I never doubted he would become a great player, that’s why I’m proud. He exceeded all expectations. He is our jewel.”

• One unnamed Željezničar director was quoted as saying that selling Džeko to Czech side Teplice for a reported €25,000 in 2005 was like “winning the lottery” for the Railwaymen, where not everybody considered him a great prospect.

Teplice and Ústí nad Labem (loan)
• Six goals in 15 games on loan at second-division Ústí nad Labem was regarded as a decent total for the young Džeko, who made the Teplice first team the next season; in 2006/07, he was the league’s second-highest scorer with 13 goals and earned a move to Wolfsburg.

Grafite and Džeko scored at a fearsome rate for Wolfsburg

Grafite and Džeko scored at a fearsome rate for Wolfsburg©Getty Images

• Fine-tuned by coach Felix Magath – “I am more physically fit than ever,” Džeko said – the Bosnian, with 26 goals, and Brazilian ace Grafite, with 28, racked up 54 goals as Wolfsburg won the 2008/09 Bundesliga. That made them the top goalscoring double-act ever in a single German top-flight season, beating Gerd Müller and Uli Hoeness’s 53 for Bayern in 1971/72.

• Džeko was duly voted Bundesliga player of the season, also ending the campaign as the German Cup’s six-goal leading marksman.

• Bundesliga top scorer in 2009/10 with 22 goals, Džeko also chimed in with ten assists – a measure of his generosity. “Goalscorers are selfish, Edin Džeko is not,” explained former Želježnicar and Yugoslavia midfielder Ivica Osim.

• Left for Manchester City in 2011 as Wolfsburg’s 66-goal all-time top scorer and their joint-leading marksman in UEFA competitions, level with Grafite on nine goals.

Džeko won the title with City in 2011/12

Džeko won the title with City in 2011/12©Getty Images

Manchester City
• Became the first City player to net four in a Premier League game in a 5-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur on 28 August 2011, his haul including a perfect hat-trick: left foot, right foot, head.

Scored in the 3-2 victory over QPR on the last day of season 2011/12 that earned City their first English title in 44 years.

• Scored the second-fastest goal ever in a Manchester derby, 45 seconds into a match at Old Trafford on 24 March 2014; only City’s Dennis Tueart – after 39 seconds on 12 November 1975 – could better that.

• His overall tally in six Premier League derbies was four goals, all at Old Trafford, in just 174 minutes of football. Factor in a Community Shield goal and two more against United for Wolfsburg, and he struck seven times in nine games against the Red Devils – an average of a goal every 63 minutes.

• Departed for Roma in 2015 having lifted every major English honour: two Premier League titles (2011/12, 2013/14), the FA Cup (2010/11), the League Cup (2013/14) and the pre-season Community Shield (2012).

Edin Džeko is an absolute star for Roma

Edin Džeko is an absolute star for Roma©Getty Images

• Transformed after a sluggish first term, he scored ten in his first ten Serie A games of 2016/17 – the first player to do so for the club since Gabriel Batistuta in the Giallorossi’s title-winning 2000/01 campaign.

• Is now the top-scoring player from Yugoslavia or any former Yugoslav state in Europe’s top-five leagues (Spain, England, Germany, Italy, France) with 176, having surpassed Davor Šuker’s total of 129 back in 2016/17.

• Ended 2016/17 with 39 Roma goals in all competitions, breaking the club record of 32 which had been shared by Rodolfo Volk and Francesco Totti.

Bosnia and Herzegovina national team
• Overtook Zvjezdan Misimović and Elvir Bolić to become Bosnia’s top marksman on 7 September 2012 with a hat-trick against Liechtenstein. With 55 goals, he is now equal tenth in terms of all-time leading scorers for UEFA nations.

• His ten qualifying strikes helped the Dragons qualify for their first major international tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

• Became his country’s most capped player in September 2018, passing his cousin Emir Spahić’s record of 94. He will therefore be the first player to reach 100 caps for Bosnia.

Džeko in training with Roma this season

Džeko in training with Roma this season©AFP/Getty Images

What you might not know
• His upbringing was interrupted by the war in the Balkans. “I was six when the war started. It was terrible. My house was destroyed so we went to live with my grandparents. The whole family was there, maybe 15 people all staying in an apartment. It was very hard. We were stressed every day in case somebody we knew died. A lot of footballers began kick-arounds in the street but for me that was impossible. But when the war finished I was much stronger, mentally.”

• Seen as too tall and clumsy to succeed as a midfielder with Zelježničar, Džeko was nicknamed ‘Kloc’ – the local slang for a lamp-post or the pole that holds up a road sign.

• Magath signed him for Wolfsburg without seeing him in the flesh; scout analysis and video highlights had convinced him that Džeko was the right man.

• Džeko’s footballing intelligence extends to languages; he is fluent in Czech, German, English and Italian as well as his native tongue.

• His ties to his homeland remain strong; he has a Bosnian wife, model Amra Silajdžić, whom he married on 31 March 2014. The couple have a daughter, Una, and a son, Dani. Una received her dad’s match ball following the first of his two UEFA Europa League hat-tricks in 2016/17. He said: “When I scored my first hat-trick against Viktoria Plzeň, I took the match ball home and Una immediately took it and didn’t want to let go; she played with it all day. I then dedicated the second hat-trick [against Villarreal] to her.”

• While at Wolfsburg, he said AC Milan was his “dream club”, adding: “At some point in my career, I want to play there.” His boyhood hero was Andriy Shevchenko. 

What he says
“Regardless of what I was and who I am, the most important thing is to remain human. I have to thank my parents for how I was raised, and I have brought that idea from home.”

“I always try to do my best. Sometimes that’s enough to get a good result, sometimes not, but I never give up and never will.”

“Goals don’t bother me, even though it is my job. I am as happy when team-mates score as when I score. Winning is what matters.”

“I played [in England] for five years, scored a lot of goals and won a lot of trophies. I played with the best players, against the best players. It’s an experience that helped me a lot, but I think I’m a much better player now than I was at Manchester City.”

“Expectations were big in Germany, bigger in England, but nothing even close to Rome. It’s a special city, with a special bond with a club. In Manchester I could go out for dinner or for a walk; people would stop me and politely ask for a photo from time to time. In Rome it is impossible to walk normally in the city.”

“I don’t even think about what I’ll do after I stop playing. I have three years of contract and I don’t think this is my last contract. I just want to enjoy it. I just want to score goals. And win. As long as possible.”

The 'Bosnian Diamond' is his national team's all-time top scorer

The ‘Bosnian Diamond’ is his national team’s all-time top scorer©Getty Images

What he might achieve yet
• Score 30 goals in a single league season; he made it to 29 in 2016/17. Gonzalo Higuaín holds the Serie A record with 36, scored for Napoli in 2015/16.

• Džeko has Bosnia and Herzegovina’s goals and appearances records, but one ‘Bosnian’ player still has the edge on him; Zlatan Ibrahimović netted 62 in 116 games for Sweden. Can Džeko outstrip those totals?

• Take Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for most goals in European World Cup qualifiers. The 34-year-old has 30 for Portugal, with Džeko third in the continental rankings with 24 (two fewer than Shevchenko).

• Win a title in Italy. Džeko is unique in having scored 50-plus goals in three of the big-five European leagues, but while he landed league honours with Wolfsburg and City, he has yet to do so with Roma. He once said: “I won the championship in Germany and England – now its Italy’s turn.”

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EURO 2020 qualifying: France and Sterling shine


Bulgaria 1-1 Montenegro
Todor Nedelev’s late penalty ensured a share of the spoils in Sofia. A fine Stefan Mugoša goal five minutes after the interval looked to be the difference, before Vladimir Jovović was adjudged to have fouled Stanislav Kostov with eight minutes remaining.

England 5-0 Czech Republic
Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as England eased past Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium. The Manchester City forward opened the scoring in the first half, his close-range finish followed by Harry Kane’s penalty. Sterling completed his treble in the second period, before Tomáš Kalas’ late own-goal compounded a difficult night for the visitors.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal were frustrated by Ukraine

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal were frustrated by Ukraine©AFP/Getty Images


Portugal 0-0 Ukraine
Portugal failed to score for the first time in 19 home matches as Andriy Shevchenko’s resolute Ukraine contained Cristiano Ronaldo on his international return in Lisbon. Heroic visiting goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov’s string of impressive saves also denied Pepe and André Silva.

Luxembourg 2-1 Lithuania
Gerson Rodrigues scored a stunning winner as Luxembourg came from behind to beat Lithuania. Fiodor Černych swept the visitors in front but Leandro Barreiro Martins levelled from Vincent Thill’s through ball on the stroke of half-time and Rodrigues completed the turnaround with an outstanding curling effort early in the second half.

France eased past Moldova

France eased past Moldova©AFP/Getty Images


Moldova 1-4 France
Antoine Griezmann starred as France made the perfect start in Moldova. The UEFA EURO 2016 top scorer volleyed in Paul Pogba’s cross, before his corner was converted by Raphaël Varane. Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé made it four, before Vladimir Ambros grabbed a late consolation.

Andorra 0-2 Iceland
The visitors were made to work hard for Erik Hamrén’s first win as coach, Birkir Bjarnason heading the opener from a corner midway through the first half and a smart finish from substitute Vidar Kjartansson wrapping up the points with ten minutes left.

Albania 0-2 Turkey
Turkey secured a comfortable victory in Shkoder against an Albania side who rarely threatened the visitors’ goal. Burak Yılmaz opened the scoring with a neat finish in the 21st minute, with Hakan Çalhanoğlu doubling the advantage just after the interval.

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EURO 2020 qualifying: Dutch and Belgium start strong


Netherlands 4-0 Belarus
Memphis Depay stole the show as the Oranje carried on their irresistible form from the UEFA Nations League. The Lyon striker scored in either half and set up two more in Rotterdam, Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil Van Dijk the beneficiaries.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Estonia
Goals from Niall McGinn and Steven Davis finally broke Estonia’s resistance. Paddy McNair’s glaring miss was the closest Northern Ireland came in the first period. McGinn slammed in after good work from Kyle Lafferty before Davis added a second from the spot.


Croatia came from behind to beat Azerbaijan

Croatia came from behind to beat Azerbaijan©

Croatia 2-1 Azerbaijan
Andrej Kramarić’s classy curled finish saw off Azerbaijan in Zagreb after the visitors took a surprise early lead with their first ever goal against Croatia. Ramil Sheydaev’s emphatic first-half finish was cancelled out by Borna Barišić’s close-range leveller just before half-time.

Slovakia 2-0 Hungary
Ondrej Duda converted Albert Rusnák’s low cross just before the break to give the home side the lead. Martin Dúbravka was forced into a couple of saves after the interval, but Duda returned the favour to set up Rusnák’s late second.


Krzysztof Piątek got Poland's winner

Krzysztof Piątek got Poland’s winner©Getty Images

Austria 0-1 Poland
A second-half goal from Krzysztof Piątek proved enough, making it two goals in his three Poland appearances by reacting quickest to nod in after Heinz Lindner parried Tomasz Kędziora’s fierce effort. Austria replacement Marc Janko might have snatched a late draw but headed wide.

FYR Macedonia 3-1 Latvia
The home side eased to victory having led 2-0 inside 30 minutes thanks to Egzijan Alioski’s strike and another from substitute Eljif Elmas. Although Darko Velkoski’s late own goal pulled one back, Elmas scored a clinching third a minute after Latvia’s Andrejs Cigaņiks had been dismissed.

Israel 1-1 Slovenia
The sides shared the spoils in Haifa, both goals coming in the space of seven second-half minutes. Andraž Šporar capitalised on some hesitant Israel defending just after the interval, but Slovenia’s lead was short-lived, Ersan Zahavi getting his third goal in as many internationals.


Youri Tielemans after opening the scoring

Youri Tielemans after opening the scoring©AFP/Getty Images

Belgium 3-1 Russia
Youri Tielemans’ first international goal gave the hosts an early lead, but a Thibaut Courtois error invited Denis Cheryshev to equalise. Eden Hazard’s penalty restored Belgium’s advantage on the stroke of half-time and he added another late on, Aleksandr Golovin’s dismissal compounding Russia’s misery.

Cyprus 5-0 San Marino
Cyprus matched their biggest ever margin of victory, two Pieros Sotirou penalties in quick succession and an opportunistic Ioannis Kousoulos finish preceding a splendid fourth from George Efrem. Kostas Laifas headed number five after the break, but a record-breaking sixth would not come.

Kazakhstan 3-0 Scotland
Having won none of their ten 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Kazakhstan made a sensational start with well-taken goals from Yuriy Pertsukh and Yan Vorogovskiy inside ten minutes. Scotland’s fate was sealed through Baktiyor Zainutdinov’s towering header early in the second half.

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