World Cup UEFA Qualification  – Croatia lose to Iceland but remain top

Group I

Finland 1 – 2 Ukraine

Iceland 1 – 0 Croatia

Kosovo 1 – 4 Turkey

  • Iceland 1 – 0 Croatia

Croatia slipped up at the top of Group I after a 1-0 defeat in Iceland.

Hordur Magnusson’s last-minute header, from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cross, moved Iceland level on points with the leaders, although with an inferior goal difference.

  • Finland 1 – 2 Ukraine

Artem Besyedin secured a 2-1 win for Ukraine in Finland.

Yevhen Konoplyanka had put Ukraine ahead but Joel Pohjanpalo equalised, only for Besyedin to restore their lead three minutes later.

  • Kosovo 1 – 4 Turkey

Turkey had a mild scare against group minnows Kosovo after Amir Rrahmani cancelled out Volkan Sen’s early header, but further goals from Cengiz Under, Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan earned a 4-1 victory.


World Cup UEFA Qualification –  Spain edge Macedonia; Italy crush Liechtenstein  to go level with Spain

Group G
FYR Macedonia 1 – 2 Spain

Israel 0 – 3 Albania

Italy 5 – 0 Liechtenstein

  • FYR Macedonia 1 – 2 Spain

Spain stayed in control of Group G despite enduring a nervy evening to their match in Macedonia.

David Silva and Diego Costa were on target but the visitors were made to sweat after Stefan Ristovski pulled one back.

Silva capped a vintage Spanish build-up with the opener and Costa tapped in Isco’s cross before half-time.

But with chances going begging Spain were made to pay when, out of nothing, Ristovski burst from the halfway line and lashed in his first international goal.

Nevertheless, a 2-1 victory ensured Spain remain top of the group on goal difference

  • Italy 5 – 0 Liechtenstein

Italy’s Lorenzo Insigne broke the deadlock against Liechtenstein with this superb volley as the Azzurri romped to a routine 5-0 victory.

Insigne then teed up Andrea Belotti to tuck in the second seven minutes after the interval.

Eder grabbed the third before substitutes Federico Bernardeschi and Manolo Gabbiadini completed the scoring.

  • Israel 0 – 3 Albania

Albania forward Armando Sadiku scored twice from distance in the first half as Albania beat Israel 3-0 in Haifa.

Ledian Memushaj added a third for Albania on a counter-attack in the 71st minute.

The win moved Albania level with Israel on nine points in Group G.

World Cup UEFA Qualification  – Germany thrash San Marino 7; England held but stay top; Lewandowski Warsaw hattrick hero

​Group C

Azerbaijan 0 – 1 N.Ireland

Germany 7 – 0 San Marino

Norway 1 – 1 Czech  Republic

  • Germany 7 – 0 San Marino

Sandro Wagner scored a hat-trick as Group C leaders Germany stretched their 100 per cent record to six games with a 7-0 win over San Marino in Nuremberg.

Julian Draxler’s early effort set the Germans on their way and a brace from Wagner and a fourth for Amin Younes put them four goals clear by the break.

Shkodran Mustafi increased Germany’s lead early in the second half and Julian Brandt headed the sixth before Wagner completed his hat-trick – and the German scoring – with a header of his own five minutes from time.

  • Norway 1 – 1 Czech  Republic

Czech Republic were held to a 1-1 draw at struggling Norway, Theodor Gebre Selassie’s first-half strike cancelled out by an Alexander Soderlund penalty.

That result leaved the Czechs four points behind Northern Ireland.

  • Azerbaijan 0 – 1 N.Ireland

Northern Ireland defeated Azerbaijan 1-0 in Baku thanks to a stoppage-time strike from Stuart Dallas.

Group E

Kazakhstan 1 – 3 Denmark

Montenegro 4 – 1 Armenia

Poland 3 – 1 Romania

  • Poland 3 – 1 Romania

Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick asPolandmaintained their six-point lead at the top of Group E with a 3-1 win over Romania in Warsaw.

The striker opened the scoring with a 29th-minute penalty and doubled their advantage when he added a second just before the hour.

A second penalty from Lewandowski sealed another win for the hosts five minutes later before Bogdan Stancu scored a late consolation.

  • Kazakhstan 1 – 3 Denmark

Denmark kept up the pressure on Poland with a 3-1 win over 10-man Kazakhstan in Almaty.

Nicolai Jorgensen put the Danes ahead and Christian Eriksen added a second from the spot after Bauyrzhan Islamkhan was sent off in the dying stages of the first half.

Islambek Kuat briefly reduced the deficit before Kasper Dolberg’s 81st-minute strike sealed victory for the visitors.

  • Montenegro 4 – 1 Armenia

Stevan Jovetic was another hat-trick hero as Montenegro held onto second place in the same group with a 4-1 win over Armenia in Podgorica.

The former Manchester City man added to an early strike by Fatos Beciraj to secure a comfortable win for his side, while the visitors replied late through Ruslan Koryan.

Group F

Scotland 2 – 2 England

Slovenia 2 – 0 Malta

Lithuania 1 – 2 Slovakia

  • Scotland 2 – 2 England

Captain Harry Kane rescued a point in injury time as England snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw with Scotland at Hampden Park.

Two late free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths )87, 90( looked to have earned the home side a sensational victory in Saturday’s World Cup Qualifier, after substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had opened the scoring 20 minutes from time.

But Kane volleyed in Raheem Sterling’s cross four minutes into added time to preserve England’s unbeaten record and keep them three points clear at the top of Group F.

The late goal was cruel for Scotland, whose supporters had been vociferously celebrating a thrilling turn-around, mean they remain in fourth place on eight points with four matches still to play.

  • Lithuania 1 – 2 Slovakia

Slovakia clung onto second place with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Lithuania in Vilnius, goals from Vladimir Weiss and Marek Hamsik giving the visitors the points before Arvydas Novikovas hit a stoppage-time consolation.

  • Slovenia 2 – 0 Malta

Slovenia maintained their push for a place in Russia as goals from Josip Ilicic and Milvoje Novakovic gave them a 2-0 win over group minnows Malta in Ljubljana.

World Cup Qualification Results: Asia – AFC

Jordan's Hamza Al Daradreh earned his team a penalty and scored the second goal against Australia
Jordan’s Hamza Al Daradreh earned his team a penalty and scored the second goal against Australia

Group A

Saudi Arabia lead Group A after a 2-1 win at home over the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi scoring twice to rally his side to victory.

A stoppage-time goal from Ahmed Abu Nahyeh gave Palestine a 1-1 draw against East Timor. Ramon Saro had put East Timor ahead.

Group B

Jordan scored twice in the second half to upset continental champions Australia 2-0, and move to the top of Group B.

Hassan Abdel Fattah blasted a penalty high into the net after a Matthew Spiranovic foul in the area.

Hamza Al Daradreh sealed the win for the hosts, who also defeated the Socceroos in qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

The result, in front of a passionate home crowd in Amman, gave Jordan a one point lead over the Socceroos with four games remaining.

The match between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan ended in a 2-2 draw.

Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov and Anton Zemlyanukhin (penalty) scored for Kyrgyzstan, while Dzhakhongir Dzhalilov and Farkhod Vasiev scored for Tajikistan.

Group C

Maldives ran out to a four-goal lead and held off Bhutan to win 4-3.

Qatar also maintained maximum points with a 1-0 win over China, to move five points clear of the visitors.

Group D

Turkmenistan defeated India 2-1.

Iran and Oman played a 1-1 draw.

Iran’s Jalal Hosseini scored in the 70th minute to cancel out Eid Al-Farsi’s opener, but Iran could not find a winner.

Group E

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda and Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki scored second-half goals as Japan beat Syria 3-0 in Oman, where Syria plays its home games for security reasons, to take top spot in Group E.

The win puts Japan a point clear of Syria and two ahead of Singapore, who had a 1-0 win over Afghanistan.

Group F

Iraq needed an injury-time penalty from Younis Mahmoud to salvage a 1-1 draw in Vietnam and move two points behind Group F leader Thailand.

Group G

A first half header from Koo Ja-cheol gave South Korea a 1-0 win in Kuwait to make it four wins from four in Group G.

The Taeguk Warriors were missing injured Premier League stars Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace’s Lee Chung-yong.

Lebanon recorded a 2-0 victory at Myanmar.

Group H

North Korea’s winning streak in World Cup qualifying came to an end with a 0-0 draw against the Philippines.

The North Koreans lead Group H with 10 points from four game but are just a point clear of Uzbekistan who won 4-0 in Bahrain.

Group A

Timor-Leste 1 – 1 Palestine

Saudi Arabia 2 – 1 U.A.E.

Group B

Jordan 2 – 0 Australia

Kyrgyzstan 2 – 2 Tajikistan

Group C

Bhutan 3 – 4 Maldives

Qatar 1 – 0 China

Group D

Turkmenistan 2 – 1 India

Oman 1 – 1 Iran

Group E

Singapore 1 – 0 Afghanistan

Syria 0 – 3 Japan

Group F

Vietnam 1 – 1 Iraq

Group G

Myanmar 0 – 2 Lebanon

Kuwait 0 – 1 South Korea

Group H

North Korea 0 – 0 Philippines

Bahrain 0 – 4 Uzbekistan

The top team from each of the eight groups and the best four second-place teams advance to the next round of qualifying.

World Cup Qualifiers Results: South America-CONMEBOL

Eduardo Vargas (R) of Chile celebrates after scoring against Brazil during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Santiago, Chile.
Eduardo Vargas (R) of Chile celebrates after scoring against Brazil during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Santiago, Chile.

Defending Copa America champs Chile kicked off their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign by sinking Brazil 2-0 in Santiago.

Eduardo Vargas’ side-footed volley and Alexis Sanchez’s 90th minute goal secured the points for the hosts.

It was Brazil’s first World Cup qualifier in six years.

Neymar was not in the team as he is still serving his four-game international suspension.

A Messi-less Argentina were forced to cope with the early exit of Sergio Aguero, and were defeated 2-0 by Ecuador in Buenos Aires.

Goals from Frickson Erazo and Felipe Caicedo ensured that the Ecuadorians enjoyed a famous victory at the Estadio Monumental.

An Uruguay side without suspended duo of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani defeated 10-man Bolivia 2-0 in La Paz.

Uruguay were always in control and led in the 10th minute when Martin Caceres fired home a loose ball from close range.

Skipper Diego Godin made the game safe with 21 minutes remaining when he headed home Carlos Sanchez’s cross to double the lead.

It was Colombia’s first ever away win in Bolivia.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men after Jair Torrico saw red for two yellow cards.

Colombia also got off to a winning start as they beat Peru 2-0 in Barranquilla.

Teofilo Gutierrez put them in front nine minutes before the break as he converted from a corner and the game was put to bed at the death as Edwin Cardona fired in a second from a quick counter attack.

Paraguay left it late to beat Venezuela as they triumphed 1-0.

A stalemate looked on the cards until Derlis Gonzalez popped up with the winner in the 85th minute.

Bolivia 0 – 2 Uruguay

Colombia 2 – 0 Peru

Venezuela 0 – 1 Paraguay

Chile 2 – 0 Brazil

Argentina 0 – 2 Ecuador