Group A match of the European Football Championship qualification Norway – Scotland, June 17, 2023. From left, Leo Skiri Östigard from Norway and Lyndon Dykes from Scotland.
Prague – Albania's football players beat Moldova 2:0 at home in the qualification for the European Championship, scored points for the first time in Group E and left last place. Brazilian coach Sylvinho's men, together with Poland, lose four points to the leader Czech Republic, which has played one more match.
Scotland won in Norway after a reversal in the end 2:1 and remained 100% in Group A after three rounds. Not even a converted penalty by striker Erling Haaland, who started in the qualifiers for the first time, helped the home team to their first win in the fight for Euro 2024. The third full point gain and the third clean sheet went to Portugal. The leader of Group J defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 3:0 on their field.
The Albanians were already close to a goal in the first half in Tirana, but Cikalleshi hit the post. His teammate Asani already opened the scoring in the 52nd minute with a placed shot. Bajrami added insurance in the 76th minute with another long shot. After 1:1 draws with the Faroe Islands and 0:0 with the Czech Republic, Moldova came up empty-handed for the first time in the qualification.
The Norwegians did not manage to overcome the strong Scottish defense for a long time in Oslo. After an hour of play, Porteous pulled down Haaland in the penalty area and the 22-year-old Gunner converted the penalty. Haaland, who scored 52 competitive goals for Manchester City last season and helped them win the treble, scored after a five-match fast.
However, his 22nd national team goal was not enough for the Norwegians to score. Shortly after Haaland's substitution, Dykes equalized in the 87th minute, and the visiting striker prepared the winning goal for substitute McLean in two minutes. The Scottish footballers followed up the triumphs over Cyprus (3:0) and Spain (2:0) and started to progress.
The Portuguese favorites in Lisbon were put in the lead just before the break by Bernardo Silva, after changing sides he made his mark twice another attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes. Star home captain Cristiano Ronaldo did not score in his 199th international match.
Slovakia won 2:1 in Iceland, remained unbeaten in the qualification and is two points behind the sovereign Portuguese from second place. Home team Finnbogason responded to Kuck's goal in the first half with a converted penalty, but substitute Suslov decided in the 70th minute.
Austria drew 1-1 in Belgium to stay top of Group F. The visitors took the lead in Brussels in the 22nd minute thanks to a Mangala own goal. After an hour of play, Gunner Lukaku equalized with a shot from the edge of the penalty area. In the absence of injured midfielder De Bruyne, the all-time best Belgian scorer and captain improved to 73 international hits.
Montenegro drew 0:0 with Hungary in Podgorica before Tuesday's warm-up with the Czech Republic. In the incomplete qualifying group G table, the home team remained third by a score behind their opponent today. But the Hungarians played one fewer match.
ME 2024 qualification in football:
Norway – Scotland 1:2 (0:0)
Goals: 61. Haaland from pen. – 87. Dykes, 89. McLean.
Cyprus – Georgia 1:2 (1:1)
Goals: 40. Pittas from pen. – 31. Mikautadze, 84. Davitashvili.
Albania – Moldova 2:0 (0:0)
Goals: 52. Asani, 76. Bajrami.
Faroe Islands – Czech Republic 0:3 (0:2)
Goals: 44th and 75th Černý, 15th Ladislav Krejčí II.
|4 .||Moldova||3||0||2||1||1: 3||2|
Azerbaijan – Estonia 1:1 (0:1)
Goals: 62. Krivocjuk – 27. Sappinen.
Belgium – Austria 1:1 (0:1)
Goals: 62. Lukaku – 22. own Mangala.
Lithuania – Bulgaria 1:1 (1:1)
Goals: 15. Girdvainis – 27. Petkov. ČK: 17. Lasickas (Lithuania).
Montenegro – Hungary 0:0
Luxembourg – Liechtenstein 2:0 (0:0)
Goals: 59. Sinani, 89. Rodrigues.
Iceland – Slovakia 1:2 (1:1)
Goals: 41. Finnbogason from pen. – 27. Kucka, 70. Suslov.
Portugal – Bosnia and Herzegovina 3:0 (1:0)
Goals: 77. and 90.+3 Bruno Fernandes, 44. Bernardo Silva.
|5.||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3||1||0||2||3:5||3|