Belgium won widely against Belarus (8-0) and Portugal won against Luxembourg with a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo (1-3). In Group G, the Netherlands blasted Gibraltar (7-0), while Turkey drew against Latvia (3-3). Here’s what to remember from this 2022 World Cup qualifying evening.
Portugal was scared against Luxembourg as part of this World Cup qualifying evening (3-1). And as usual when they suffer, the Lusitanians rely on their inevitable scorer.
Against Luxembourg, the former Real Madrid player allowed his team to take the advantage in the score thanks to a strike with the right foot (50th). He thus ended a series of four consecutive matches without scoring in the selection. An achievement that will certainly do good for the Juventus striker, who was denied a goal late in the game against Serbia on March 27 (2-2).
Thanks to this goal, the five-time Ballon d’Or scored its 103rd achievement in the Seleçao jersey. He is thus gradually approaching the absolute record of selection goals held by the Iranian Ali Daei (109). Diogo Jota and Joao Palhinha for Portugal, and Gerson Rodrigues for Luxembourg are the other scorers of the meeting.
After their draw against the Czech Republic (1-1) last Saturday, the Red Devils had to react to Belarus. And it is done. In a controlled meeting, Belgium won largely on the score of 8 to 0. Michy Batshuayi opened the ball rolling by scoring his 22nd goal in selection, with a left foot strike (14th). The former Olympique de Marseille player has scored his ninth goal in his last seven international matches.
Three minutes later, Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken worsened the score and also scored his first goal for Belgium (17th). And this Tuesday looks like a premiere night since Leandro Trossard also made the nets tremble for the first time with his selection, before half-time (38th). Jérémy Doku (42nd), Dennis Praet (49th) and Christian Benteke (70th) also participated in the party.
Thanks to this success, the Belgians have a 23rd consecutive game without losing in the World Cup qualifiers (19 wins, 4 draws). The last defeat of the Red Devils dates back to October 2009, against Estonia (2-0).
Turkey may have regrets. After his success against the Netherlands (4-2) and Norway (0-3), Ozan Kabak’s teammates seemed invincible. And yet, they conceded the draw against Latvia in a completely crazy match (3-3). However, Senol Günes’ men had made it easy for themselves. After Kenan Karaman (2nd) opened a quick scoring, the Turks worsened the score thanks to AC Milan player Hakan Çalhanoğlu (33rd). But the Latvians came back to score through Savalnieks (35th) and Uldrikis (58th).