FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, all fancied teams win their FIFA World Cup Qualifiers without much struggle. England registered easy victory over Albania, Spain edged past Georgia while Germany struggled for a win against Romania
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – England beat Albania 2-0: England maintained their winning start to the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable victory over Albania in Tirana. Albania provided more of a challenge than hapless San Marino in England’s opening 5-0 win at Wembley but once they had survived an early scare when Myrto Uzuni missed a great chance for the side ranked 66th in the world, this was routine for Gareth Southgate’s side.
England captain Harry Kane lifted the mediocrity of an attritional first half on a slow surface when he scored his 33rd goal for his country, a superbly guided diving header from Luke Shaw’s cross seven minutes before the interval.
This set the platform for a more positive second-half display, Mason Mount adding a composed second in the 63rd minute after sustained England pressure saw Phil Foden’s effort turned on to the post by Albania keeper Etrit Berisha and Kane lifting a close-range shot over the top.
England stretched their unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers to 23 games but now face their sternest test so far in this campaign as Poland and their master marksman Robert Lewandowski come to Wembley on Wednesday
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – Spain beat Georgia 2-1: Striker Dani Olmo scored a stoppage-time winner as Spain edged past Georgia in 2022 World Cup qualifying Group B. Spain, who have not lost a World Cup qualifying game in 28 years, were behind at half-time after Khvicha Kvaratskhelia fired Georgia ahead.
Manchester City’s Ferran Torres slid home Jordi Alba’s cross to equalise. Alba was also credited with the assist for Olmo’s late long-range effort which gave the visitors a crucial win in front of 15,000 fans. Georgia’s Levan Shengelia was then sent off moments before the final whistle.
Spain, who host Kosovo on Wednesday, drew their opening qualifier 1-1 at home to Greece.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – France beat Kazakhstan 2-0: France forward Anthony Martial went off after receiving treatment for an injury during his country’s World Cup qualifying win over Kazakhstan. Martial’s clever turn and pass set up Ousmane Dembele to make it 1-0 against the team ranked 122 in the world.
Sergiy Maliy produced a fine clearance as Martial looked to make it 2-0 before the defender headed into his own net.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – Germany beat Romania 1-0:Serge Gnabry’s 16th-minute strike earned Germany victory in Romania as Joachim Low’s side secured their second successive win in World Cup qualifying Group J.
The Bayern Munich attacker swept home a square ball from Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz, who shone in Bucharest. Gnabry also had a shot saved superbly by Florin Nita, who then stayed alert to deny Chelsea’s Timo Werner. Manuel Neuer bravely blocked an effort from Nicolae Stanciu late in the game.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – Switzerland defeated Lithuania 1-0