Belgium first to qualify for Euro 2020 after hammering San Marino – European Qualifiers round-up
Belgium vs S Marino
European Qualifiers Group I
7:45pm Thursday 10th October
King Baudouin Stadium
Romelu Lukaku struck his 50th and 51st goals since Belgium became the first group to qualify for Euro 2020 once they hammered San Marino 9-0 – matching the record for its greatest margin of victory in their history.
Inter Milan striker Lukaku became the first queen to reach the milestone with a right-footed shooter to open the scoring in the 28th minute.
Nacer Chadli was setup three moments by him before an own-goal from Cristian Brolli put up Belgium 3-0. Lukaku grabbed his second – and – 51st target for Belgium – about 41 minutes, assisted by the Eden Hazard of Real Madrid.
Belgium cruise was seen by A tumultuous Toby Alderweireld effort in a Youri Tielemens shot in stoppage time and the 43rd minute in 6-0 up.
The pace slowed ahead of Christian Benteke broke his international storm by coming off the bench to score in the minute by wrong-footing that the goalkeeper from the edge of the region.
18, yari Verschaeren, came from the bench to score his first goal to make it 8-0 in the 84th minutes and the tally in the 90th minute rounded off.
Croatia stayed firmly on course to attain Euro 2020 after two goals from striker Bruno Petkovic helped them into a 3-0 home win over Hungary.
The Croatians leading the team with 13 points from six games and will secure a berth in next seasons finals with a match should they beat Wales away on Sunday to spare.
The Croatians dominated afterwards captain Luka Modric fired them into a lead when he picked up a loose ball in midfield, raced down the centre and steered a shot.
Petkovic made it 2-0 with a from close range after Ante Rebic left dead his marker and squared the ball.
As Gulacsi and Tamas Kadar misjudged Ivan Perisics low cross from the best, A catalogue of errors allowed Petkovic to bundle in the overdue in the first half.
Gulacsi made amends after Rebic was when he saved Perisics penalty but any slim hopes of a Hungary comeback were hurried minutes when Laszlo Kleinheisler was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Austria defender Martin Hinteregger scored a target which any striker could have been proud about to set up a win over Israel.
The hosts created a slow start before some half-full Ernst Happel stadium and were stunned when Eran Zahavi, scorer of a hat-trick at Israels 4-2 win at the very first assembly of the two teams from the team, put the visitors in front with a sublime campaign from the 34th minute.
Munas Dabbur threaded the ball to Zahavi who side-stepped his marker and hammering on a shot.
Valentino Lazaro slotted at the equaliser and Austria went 11 minutes following the break.
Andreas Ulmer thumped on a cross into the area where Hinteregger, turned between 2 defenders, controlled the ball in his hand and sent his effort past goalkeeper Ofir Marciano.
Marcel Sabitzer added the third with a shot from the 88th minute to depart Austria second with 13 points in seven matches, two ahead of North Macedonia and Slovenia.
Since Poland won 3-0 the Robert Lewandowski took his tally to 11 goals in his last seven appearances for both club and country.
He exchanged passes with Sebastian Szymanski and overcome Andris Vanins and Kamil Grosickis low cross was turned in by subsequently after Latvia were dispossessed in midfield.
By tapping the cross-shot at the 76th minute of Grosicki, he finished his sixth Poland hat-trick.
Northern Ireland slipped to some 3-1 defeat that was late together with Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay.
The very first international goal of kieffer Moore helped Wales remain in pursuit of qualification for Euro 2020 using a draw in Slovakia.
Scotland has to rely upon the UEFA Nations League play-offs to reserve their place at Euro 2020 after a 4-0 defeat in Russia.
Cyprus conquer on Kazakhstan 2-1 in the group of Scotland. Temirlan Erlanov gave the hosts the lead in the 34th minute but Cyprus hit , together with Pieros Sotiriou scoring a 73th minute equaliser before Nicholas Ioannou finished the success 11 minutes after.
While Slovenia were amazed 2-1 away with a Elif Elmas brace, to North Macedonia, Estonia and belarus performed a draw in Group C.
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