Although the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League were played between Wednesday and Thursday, which qualified Spain and France for the grand final to be played this Sunday at 3:45 p.m. (the match for 3rd place between Italy and Belgium goes on the same day , but at 10), the European Qualifiers did not stop on this FIFA date. This Friday started Date 7, with parties from Groups E, G, H and J.
Germany won it at 81 ‘thanks to Thomas Müller.
The highlight was the long-suffering victory of Germany against Romania: He lost it from 9 minutes to Ianis Hagi’s goal and was only able to tie it at 7 ‘of the second half, thanks to Serge Gnabry. After looking for him the whole game (he had 78% possession, but only 5 shots on goal), 9 ‘to the end came the 2-1 via Thomas Müller.
Lucas Zelarayán was nationalized as an Armenian and now plays for the National Team of that country.
Thanks to this victory, Germany maintains its advantage in Group J, which also had Macedonia’s 4-0 win over Liechtenstein and the 1-1 between Iceland and Armenia, which had the debut of Lucas Zelarayán. The Germans have 18 points and are already caressing the direct qualification to the World Cup. Macedonia and Armenia, 12. Romania, 10. Iceland, 5. And Liechtenstein, 1. There are three dates left to complete (the 8th is on Monday; the last two, in November).
Davy Klaassen and the only goal for an important victory for the Netherlands.
In Group G, the Netherlands achieved a key triumph. It was a 1-0 against Latvia, a goal by Davy Klaassen, which allowed him to extend the lead over Norway, his most immediate pursuer, who without Erling Haaland (injured; he recovered with the Boca jersey), drew 1-1 with Turkey. The Netherlands now has 16 points and Norway, 14. Turkey has 11. Montenegro, which beat Gibraltar 3-0, accumulates 11. Latvia, 5. And Gibraltar, 0.
Czech Republic and Wales equalized.
In Group E, with a free date for Belgium (they adjusted the calendar so that it can dispute the definition of the UEFA Nations League without altering the Qualifiers), there were 2-2 draw between Czech Republic and Wales (without Gareth Bale) and Estonia’s 2-0 win against Belarus. Belgium has 16 points. Czech Rep. And Wales, 8. Estonia, 4. And Belarus, 3.
In Group H, Croatia beat Cyprus 3-0, Slovenia beat Malta 4-0 and Russia beat Slovakia 1-0. Croatia and Russia have 16 points (+10 goal difference for the Croats vs +7 for the Russians). Slovenia, 10. Slovakia, 9. Malta and Cyprus, 4.
The activity continues this Saturday, with England’s visit to Andorra as the highlight. Between Monday and Tuesday next date 8 will be disputed. In the November window, the final two days.
The first of each of the 10 groups qualifies directly for the World Cup. The seconds of each zone go to the play offs, added to two more teams that will be added according to the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League ranking (excluding those who already qualify directly via groups). Those 12 teams will play each other, with six remaining. In turn, those six finalists will then define the three remaining World Cup spots.
ALL RESULTS FOR FRIDAY
Group E: Czech Republic 2 – 2 Wales
Group E: Estonia 2 – 0 Belarus
Group G: Gibraltar 0 – 3 Montenegro
Group G: Latvia 0 – 1 Netherlands
Group G: Turkey 1 – 1 Norway
Group H: Cyprus 0 – 3 Croatia
Group H: Malta 0 – 4 Slovenia
Group H: Russia 1 – 0 Slovakia
Group J: Germany 2 – 1 Romania
Group J: Iceland 1 – 1 Armenia
Group J: Liechtenstein 0 – 4 North Macedonia