The qualifications for the EURO 2020 started today for the majority of the European nations. All the favorites recorded victories, except for the reigning champions of the continent, Portugal. Ronaldo and the boys were unrecognizable and failed to win the competition opener.
But we will take one step at the time and tell you all results from today’s games.
Ukraine a Tough Nut to Crack
Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates failed to defeat the guests from Ukraine and disappointed the fans at Estadio La Luz. It was 0-0 in the end. Portugal entered this event as a favorite, and counted on all three points, but that didn’t happen.
The hosts had the initiative, yet couldn’t make anything good from it, while on the other hand, guests waited for counter-attacks and a chance to strike from the transition.
William Carvalho scored in the 18th minute, but that goal was disallowed because of an offside position.
The best chance for the Portuguese team came in the 57th minute, when Andre Silva sent an inch-perfect shot towards the rival’s goal, but the Ukrainian goalkeeper saved the day.
In the same group, Luxembourg defeated Lituania after coming back from behind, 2-1. The guests took the lead after only 14 minutes, but the feisty hosts were stubborn, and that eventually paid off.
France Very Convincing
The Gauls were more than superior in Moldova, where they recorded a 4-1 win. This puts them at the top of Group H. A quick knockout in the first 45 minutes solved everything and the French team didn’t have any problems of preserving that lead.
Griezmann brought the edge to the French national team after 24 minutes; Varan doubled after Atletico’s attacker made an assist some minute and a half later, while Olivier Giroud put his name on the scoresheet in the 36th minute.
In the second part of the event, the French team slowed down a little bit, but they netted once more through Kylian Mbappe. Vladimir Ambros saved the honor of the home team with the late score.
In that same group, Turkey defeated Albania on the road, 2-0, and successfully jumped over one of the toughest challenges in their assembly. Burak Yilmaz and Hakan Calhanoglu were the only scorers who brought this valuable triumph.
The third guest in group H of the Europa qualifiers, Iceland had an excursion to Andora. The Vikings won there with 2-0,
Fantastic Three Lions
England tore apart the Czech Republic with 5-0 in London. The man of the match, no doubt, was Raheem Sterling who netted three goals showing his class on Wembley’s grass. Harry Kane added one more from the penalty, while Kalas scored an own goal to increase the gap between these two nations.
The new English team is looking very good, and as time goes by, this squad will be even better and better.
In the same group, A, Montenegro held out for a draw in Sofia against Bulgaria, 1-1. Though, we need to point out, that the home team tied after a controversial penalty. It seems that the referee didn’t see that the foul which preceded the goal was outside the box, thus allowing for the Bulgarian team reach one point.