CM – FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification: Spain rushes to Sweden shock, Portugal from Ireland-Sports News, Firstpost


Pablo Sarabia’s penalty was enough for La Roja to take all three points in Athens and one point ahead of Sweden before the teams face each other in Seville on Sunday.

Pablo Sarabia scored from the penalty spot in the win against Greece in the FIFA World Cup qualifying. AP

Spain took a big step towards next year’s World Cup in Qatar when the 1-0 win in Greece and Sweden’s shocking 2-0 defeat by Georgia on Thursday put Luis Enrique’s men on pole. Position for qualifying.

Pablo Sarabia’s penalty was enough for La Roja to take all three points in Athens and one point ahead of Sweden before the teams face each other in Seville on Sunday.

« Of course I think we’ll have a place in the World Cup on Sunday, but I thought that when I was second in the group, » said Spain coach Luis Enrique.

« We’re playing against a good team, which in theory are now more against must attack us. « 

Despite the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the rising star Alexander Isak in the front, the Swedes were humiliated by two goals from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia in the second half in Tbilisi.

Cristiano Ronaldo was able to do that brilliantly se Portugal did not fire because after a late red card for Pepe they had to hold the 0-0 against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

Ronaldo came closest twice when he catapulted the guests into a dead end than he was Headed a few centimeters before he missed the goal with a ball from the edge of the box.

Eight minutes before the end of the game, Pepe was shown the 14th red card of his career because he had pocketed Callum Robinson with his elbow.

Ireland lost to Luxembourg and drew at home to Azerbaijan earlier in the group to ruin their chances of qualifying.

But Stephen Kenny’s side were denied a famous injury-time win than Matt Dohertys Hit was disqualified for fouling Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

« We scored a legitimate goal that was not recognized, » said Kenny, who is waiting to see if his rep is due after a disappointing season ag is extended.

With one point, Portugal are at the top of Group A, tied with Serbia, who will host the last game of the section in Lisbon at the weekend.

Croatia will also face Russia in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday to qualify after the two overwhelming victories.

Luka Modric was one of the goalscorers of the 2018 World Cup finalists, who defeated Malta 7-1.

Aleksandr Erokhin scored two goals as Russia before the game against Cyprus 6-0 against Cyprus at the top of Group H with two points ahead.

Germany has long since qualified, but showed no mercy to hammer the 10 Liechtensteiners 9-0 when Hansi Flick was the first Coach won his first six games as national coach.

Ilkay Gundogan opened the floodgates from the penalty spot after Jens Hofer saw red after a high boot on Leon Goretzka.

Sane added his second in the second half before a Doubles from Thomas Mu eller, Ridle Baku and another own goal by Max Goppel completed the defeat.

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The Italian Football Association said the 31-year-old would be leaving the national team camp due to the injury. Mancini called Sassuolo attacker Gianluca Scamacca in his place.

The 10 group winners secure the qualification for the global showcase project of football, which begins on November 21, 2022. The 10 runners-up will have another chance to qualify for the play-offs next March

Ibrahimovic, who has scored 62 international goals in 118 games, said he was ready to play as long as coach Janne Andersson asked him.

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