Qatar 2022 – Qualifications
- Qualifications for Qatar 2022 ™ resumed on March 27
- Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands were particularly concerned
- Several meetings were also on the program in CONCACAF
Barely a day’s break, and qualifying resumed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The UEFA and CONCACAF Zones were on the agenda for the day of March 27.
We could follow the rebounds of Croatia and the Netherlands, both beaten when they entered the competition, which recovered respectively against Cyprus and Latvia, while Belgium and Portugal, who were looking for their second success in two matches, were held in check in Serbia and the Czech Republic.
Later, six meetings were scheduled in the North America, Central and Caribbean Zone. All the home teams lost – and heavily – and didn’t score a single goal.
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A little closer to the stars: With his two goals against Slovenia, Artem dzyuba, already a scorer against Malta, now has 29 goals with Russia, and is only one length behind the top scorer in the history of the selection, Aleksandr Kerzhakov (30 goals).
A little more in history: Montenegrin Stevan Jovetic, he is already the historic top scorer of his selection. After his brace against Latvia in the middle of the week, the Monaco striker still found the net against Gibraltar. He now has 31 goals in 60 games, including 12 in his last 11 qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup.
With two victories in two games, the Montenegro is on track to improve its performance, which has been steadily improving since its first global campaign, for the 2010 edition, where the Brave Falcons won only 10% of their qualifying matches before climbing to 40% for Brazil 2014 and then 50% for Russia 2018.
Two firsts in one match: The opening scoring of the Netherlands gave the opportunity to Steven Berghuis to score his first selection goal. As for the second Dutch goal signed Luuk De Jong, it allows the Oranges to become the first European team to score 300 buts in qualifying for the World Cup.
One more cape for the superhero: Croatia suffered but got the better of Cyprus on the smallest of margins, thanks to a signed goal Mario Pasalic. But the event of the meeting is the 135th selection of Luka Modric, who thus became the most capped player in the history of Fiery, with 135 appearances, one more than Darjo Srna.
Strong as Turks: After its authoritarian success over the Netherlands (4-2), the Turkey showed the muscles again against Norway (0-3). It is the first time that the Ottomans have started their World Cup qualifying campaign with two wins in two matches, placing them at the top of Group G.
Dumb Ronaldo, Inspired Mitrovic : Portugal were hoping for their second victory in two matches and, although captain Cristiano Ronaldo remained silent, he seemed on track to achieve it thanks to a brace from Diogo Jota in the first period. But Serbia managed to equalize thanks to Alexander Mitrovc, on this occasion became the historic top scorer of his selection with 39 goals, and Filip Kostic.
The Devils in Check : Led by the Czech Republic, the Belgians saved the day thanks to the equalizer of Romelu Lukaku, on a service of Kevin de Bruyne. The Inter Milan striker scored his 59th goal in the selection – national record – and is involved in 23 goals in his last 16 international outings (19 goals, 4 assists). As for the Manchester City midfielder, he delivered his twentieth caviar of the season (16 with the Citizens, 4 with the Red Devils).
The revolt of the misclassified: Malta and the Luxembourg both made difficult trips to Slovakia and the Republic of Ireland respectively. In the end, neither of them bowed. The Maltese believed for a long time to create the feat by leading 2-0, before being raised to 2-2, but they held firm in the last minutes. As for the Luxembourgers, they did even better by taking three points thanks to a late goal of Gerson Rodrigues.
- The captain Juan Barrera and Ariagner Smith both scored a brace to propel Nicaragua to an easy victory over the Turks and Caicos Islands and to first place in Group E.
- Against Anguilla (0-6), the Dominican Republic signs its second success in two matches after its victory against Dominica in the opening. Jacques Passy’s players have scored three goals per half, with braces of Dorny Romero and Nowend Lorenzo, Domingo Peralta and Luis Espinal also putting their names on the notice board.
- Perfect outcome for Guatemala, who have won two wins in as many matches, the latest against a courageous British Virgin Islands. the goals of Darwin Lom and Moises Hernandez offered three new points to Chapines.
- After a 1-0 victory over Puerto Rico four days ago, Saint Kitts and Nevis have enjoyed much easier success against the Bahamas, which propels them provisionally to the top of Group F. Keithroy Freeman twice found the net for the Sugar Boyz.
- Antigua and Barbuda recorded their first victory, following a 2-2 draw against Montserrat in the Group A opener. Benna Boys dominated the US Virgin Islands, benefiting in particular from the double Quinton Griffith.
- Three goals in each half, including a hat-trick Nigel Hasselbaink, led Suriname to a comfortable 6-0 victory over Aruba in the Dutch-speaking derby. Suriname has two wins in as many matches.