The French team won a landslide victory with the score 4:0 over Iceland in qualifying for the European championship 2020. Take Ross Barkley helped England to beat Montenegro. Ukraine defeated Monaco thanks to an own goal Gerson Rodriguez. The forward of Portuguese national team Cristiano Ronaldo injured in match with Serbia. The main events of the meetings of the qualifying tournament at RT.

  • The England players in the match against Montenegro in qualifying for EURO-2020
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Group A

England is one of the most successful teams in the current qualifying for the European championship 2020. In two games she scored five goals, leaving no chance of first Czech and then Montenegro.


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However, began meeting in Podgorica successfully for the hosts. The first attack resulted in a goal in the performance of defender Marco Beshovica.

However, wards Gareth Southgate managed to change the game in their favor. One of the main characters of the meeting was Ross Barkley. 30 minutes it with the standard delivered an accurate cross to the far corner of the penalty area, and Michael Keane managed to smuggle the ball into the net. Defender “Everton” that’s his first goal for the national team.

Then he distinguished himself Barkley. It is alternately closed to the transfer of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Raheem Sterling, having scored a brace.

Without the participation of the halfback of “Chelsea” was not fifth scoring chance in the match. He cuts the ball to Sterling to start the attack, which Harry Kane shot.

By the end of the meeting, the defence fell apart completely. Jordan Henderson passed the ball from the midfield all the same Rahim who had to play the ball between the legs of the Montenegrin goalkeeper.

Interestingly, for the first time since the appointment of Gareth Southgate, the head coach of the national team, the founders of football managed to win five victories in five games in a row.

In Pristina Bulgaria once again missed the chance to approach the leader of the group A, although it was leading 1:0 in the course of the meeting. At the end of the first half the score was opened by Vasil Bozhykiv. The guests relied on counterattacks and tough defense, but this tactic has not worked. In the 62nd minute efforts of Kosovo was rewarded with a goal Arber Zeneli.

Montenegro — England — 1:5 (Vešović, 17 — Keane, 30, Barkley, 39, 59, Kane, 71, Of Sterling, 81)

Kosovo — Bulgaria — 1:1 (Bozhykiv, 39 — Zeneli, 62)

Standings: England — 6, Bulgaria — 2, Kosovo 1, Montenegro 1, Czech Republic — 0.

Group B

One of the most exciting matches of the day may rightly be considered the meeting of Portugal and Serbia. In the sixth minute the goalkeeper Rui patrício failed out of the gate, trying to prevent Dusan Tadic and at full speed hit that down in the penalty area. The striker converted a penalty and opened the score.

Wards Fernando Santos dominated possession throughout the first half, but they created chances did not end in a goal. Only on 42-th minute Pereira, Danilo managed a powerful shot from outside the penalty area to send the ball into the top corner.

In the future, the meeting evolved in a similar scenario, but the fans did not wait for the winning goal. The Portuguese twice demanded the appointment of a penalty for alleged handball Antonio Rukavina, but in the first case, the referee did not see the actions of defender violations, and the second controversial episode was preceded by an offside from the hosts.

The main disappointment of the meeting was injured Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo. During one of the attacks, the Portuguese tried to make a dash towards the goal, but did not calculate the forces, got the muscles back of the thigh and was forced to leave the field on 30 minutes.

The national team of Ukraine risked to remain without a victory in the match with the outsider of the group — Luxembourg. One of the counterattacks of the hosts in the 34th minute ended with a goal performed by David Turpel, but six minutes later the team of Andrey Shevchenko failed to level the score. It is interesting that in both episodes was attended by current and former players, “Ufa”, Olivier till, and Alexander Zinchenko.

In the second half of Luxembourgers made the worthy competition to the more famous rival, but in stoppage time the Ukrainians were lucky. Midfielder owners Gerson Rodriguez tried to head clear the ball from the penalty area after a pass by Ruslan Malinovsky, however, forwarded it to own gate.

Portugal — Serbia — 1:1 (Daniel, 42 — Tadic, 7 (foams.))

Luxembourg — Ukraine — 1:2 (Turpel, 34 — Tsygankov, 40, Rodriguez 90 + 3)

Standings: Ukraine — 4 Luxembourg — 3, Portugal — 2, Serbia — 1, Lithuania — 0.

Group H

Game day began with a large and quite expected victory of Turkey over Moldova with the score 4:0. In the middle of the first half wards of Shinola Ganesha managed to score twice in three minutes, and in the second half doubled the advantage. Two assists scored a 26-year-old Denise Turuk, who conducted the second official match for the national team.

In the asset Moldovans can record only reflected in the 53rd minute from the penalty spot, but it would be little consolation for the team, located at the bottom of the standings sextet H.

Turkey apparently cheered after the relegation in the League of Nations and does not miss three meetings in a row. Impressive series started in November in a friendly match with Ukraine ended in a goalless draw.

The world Champions, the French also have not experienced problems at the start of qualification, despite the fact that in the second round they faced the participant in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 — Iceland. In the first half wards Didier Deschamps had an overwhelming advantage over the opponent, but only once managed to upset Hannes of Halldorsson. After the canopy Kilian Mbappe distinguished Samuel Umtiti.

In the second half, the French scored three more times. On 68 minutes, Olivier Giroud scored the 34th goal in the national tricolor and compared this figure with the legendary striker David Trezeguet. At the moment, both share third place in the top scorers list, behind Thierry Henry and Michel Platini.

After 10 minutes of his finest hour wait Mbappe — he’s powerful blow sent the ball into the bottom right corner. According to statistics, 20-year-old striker takes part in the scoring episodes every 83.5 minutes. The final score was set up Antoine Griezmann in the 84th minute.

The match Andorra — Albania is not a surprise, ending with the score 3:0 in favor of the guests. The players from the Principality extended its losing streak to 10 games. Their last win took place a little over a year ago, when in a friendly match they beat Liechtenstein.

Turkey — Moldova — 4:0 (Kaldirim, 24, Tosun, 26, 54, Ayhan, 70)

France — Iceland 4:0 (Umtiti, 12, Giroux, 68, Mbappe, 78, Griezmann, 84)

Andorra — Albania — 0:3 (Kindergarten, 21, Balai, 87, Abrasha, 90+6)

Standings: France 6, Turkey 6, Iceland 3, Albania — 3, Moldova — 0, Andorra 0.