Spain off to a bad start, Zlatan’s return to the national team or the crazy match between Hungary and Poland … Here is everything to remember from this second day of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
False start for La Roja. For their first match, Robert Moreno’s players were held in check at home by Greece (1-1). Despite a certain domination in the game (77% possession) and an opener from the 33rd minute by Morata, Koke’s teammates were surprised in the second period by committing a foul in the box on Masouras. The penalty is transformed by Bakasetas in the 57th. The Spaniards then failed to break through the solid Greek defense and come back in front. A draw that leaves a bitter taste to the locals, since the Greeks have only scored one shot during the entire match.
More than 1700 days without wearing the Swedish jersey. For his 117th selection, the Swedish giant made his comeback in the national team this Thursday, March 25, against Georgia of Willy Sagnol. And he was eagerly awaited. Decisive passer on Claesson’s goal thanks to a very nice gesture (34th), he had very few clear opportunities to put in his mouth and was rather discreet. A return, therefore, without sparks. For his big first, the French coach Willy Sagnol and his players have, for their part, not unworthy and have shown very beautiful things. Thanks to this victory, Sweden takes the lead of Group B.
Without a doubt the meeting that should not be missed! At the end of a completely crazy match, Hungary and Poland neutralized each other. The future opponent of the Blues at the Euro was very tough against the teammates of Robert Lewandowski. Against all expectations, it was Hungary who opened the scoring in the 6th minute, before increasing at the start of the second half. Led 2-0, the Poles were able to raise their heads and scored two goals in the space of just one minute (61st and 62nd). But the Hungarians did not tremble and passed again in front of the 78th. The victory seemed to be in the pockets of the locals … until Lewandowski in turn decided to get involved! As a reminder, in his last nine matches played for club and national team, the Bayern Munich player has systematically scored. Lewandowski is also 45 goals in … 41 games this season. In short, a monster.
The humiliation suffered against Spain last November (6-0) is already far from the minds. Despite the absence of Toni Kroos, who was hit in the thigh, France’s future opponents at the Euro made a strong impression against Iceland, winning 3-0 and showing great technical accuracy. . The Munich trio opened the scoring in the second minute, with Joshua Kimmich in the lead and a handover from Serge Gnabry for Léon Goretzka. Five minutes later, it was Kai Havertz’s turn to double the mark, then Gündogan to triple the bet (56th). Kimmich has established himself as a true conductor. The Mannschaft has a bright future ahead of it.
Despite the absence of Marcus Rashford left to rest following an injury, it is a great England team that won at home (5-0) against San Marino. The San Marino, well below the level and for the most part amateurs, could not do anything to stop them. Calvert-Lewin, in great shape, scored twice (21st and 53rd). For his big comeback, Jesse Lingard has still not managed to find the net (no goal on his counter since November 18, 2018), but has been very active and has obtained great opportunities. Note also the first selection, first appearance and first goal for Aston Villa player, Ollie Watkins. Hard to beat.
After a difficult start to the match, Berardi came to free his teammates with a powerful strike under the bar (14th). Twenty-four minutes later, Immobile doubled the lead with a low shot at the near post. The Italians couldn’t find the net in the second half and suffered a lot. But the result (2-0) is there and Roberto Mancini’s players are seriously starting the campaign for the 2022 World Cup.