In the J-group, they won 4: 0 on the ground of Northern Macedonia, and after the loss of Armenia in Romania 0: 1, no one can overtake them in the table. Russia won 2: 1 on Slovenia and took first place in the table of the “Slovak” H-group. The current leader from Croatia drew with Slovakia 2: 2 in Osijek.
Maribor had a chance to take the lead after Safporov’s dazzling drive up the left, but the opportunity fizzled away as his shot went just over the bar after 15 minutes. The Russians could have taken the lead a minute earlier, the goalkeeper Oblak extinguished his own bad start by jumping under Smolov’s feet, the referee whistled a penalty, but the VAR verdict determined that Rus was in the offside.
19 minutes into the match, Sutormin could have reduced the lead with a blistering strike from the left wing, had it not been for an excellent block by the visitors’ keeper. The Russians stepped up the pace and in the 28th minute, after Fomina’s direct kick, the tracker Divejev opened the score with his head. And in four minutes it was already 2: 0 for the guests, when another stopper Dzikija raised the Russian lead with scissors after a corner kick.
The home team did not resign, and in the 40th minute Iličič, after Karničnik’s pass, was passed to Šporar Iličič, who with a shot to the right post overcame Safonova. In the second half, the Slovenians equalized, but the joy for Kurtič and the home spectators was ruined by VAR, the shooter headed from a close offside. The Russians finally brought the duel to a victorious end and got to the top of the table by two points ahead of the Croats.
Home footballers from Cyprus drew Malta 2: 2. Although they stopped a series of four losses in the H-group, they are the last in the table with 5 points. Malta is fifth by one score, both opponents are losing 5 points to third Slovakia.
The home team in Larnaca had a good start to the match. By actively pressing, they made life uncomfortable for the opponent. Already in the 7th minute, their crown was crowned by the opening goal of Papulis, who pushed through a nice technical shot from inside the penalty area.
In the further course of the first act, the guests gradually blunted the home effort, they had even greater possession of the ball, but the chances were lacking on both sides. In the second half, in the 53rd minute, Zach Muscat equalized with a header after a corner kick.
In the 72nd minute, the Maltese shot the next goal after the next corner. Cyprus wanted to succeed at home and repay the opponent losing 0: 3 from the first match. He managed to take the lead again in the 80th minute, when after a quick action, the home’s offensive combined and Sotiriu scored into a half-empty goal.
Malty Bonello was injured when the game became more physical, and he had to leave the field. In the final set seven-minute, Malta was able to equalize around the corner again and finally managed to do it in the 90th + 8 minutes thanks to the substituting Degabriele.
In Skopje, northern Macedonia, the Germans had a statistical advantage in the first half, but they could not create a clear chance. Only at the set time did he hit the stick. In the 50th minute, they were led by Havertz, who ended up with a quick break of three attackers per defender.
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The favorite calmed down, Werner added two more goals, one Musiala and the Germans not only repaid the opponent’s sensational March home loss of 1: 2, but they could also enjoy the progress.
In the E-group, the winnings of the favorites were born, the Czechs defeated Belarus 2: 0, resp. Wales succeeded in Tallinn with Estonia 1: 0. Both are in the table with 11 points side by side with a five-point loss to the leader from Belgium.
However, the islanders have a struggle for good. The leader of the G-group from the Netherlands defeated the outsider from Gibraltar 6: 0 at home without any problems. He has a two-point lead over the second Norway, which defeated Montenegro 2: 0 at home.
Belarus – Czech Republic 0: 2 (0: 1)
Goals: 22. Schick, 65. Hložek
Estonia – Wales 0: 1 (0: 1)
Goal: 12. Moore
Norway – Montenegro 2: 0 (1: 0)
Goal: 29. and 90. + 6 Elyounoussi, Red Cross: 90. + 4 Vešovič (ČH)
Netherlands – Gibraltar 6: 0 (3: 0)
Goals: 21. a 45. + 4 Depay (druhý z 11 m), 9. Van Dijk, 48. Dumfries, 72. Danjuma, 86. Malen
Latvia – Turkey 1: 2 (0: 0)
Goals: 70. Demiral (vlastný) – 76. Dursun, 90.+9 Yilmaz (z 11 m)
Cyprus – Malta 2:2 (1:0)
Goals: 7. Papulis, 80. Sotiriu – 53. Z. Muscat, 90. + 8 Degabriele, ŽK: Demetriu, Sotiriu, Joannu – Teuma. Rozhodovali: Higler – Zeinstra, Diks (všetci Hol.)
Cyprus: Michael – Andreu (78. Pittas), Soteriu, Antoniades – Demetriu (86. Psaltis), Kastanos, Kyriaku (79. Gogič), Joannu – Papulis (85. Panajotu), Sotiriu, Loizu (60. Kakullis)
Malta: Bonello (82. Galea) – Borg (57. Shaw), Pepe, Z. Muscat – Attard, Caruana (46. Pisani), Teuma, Camenzuli – Grech (70. Degabriele), Mbong (70. Dimech) – Montebello
Slovenia – Russia 1: 2 (1: 2)
Goals: 40. Iličič – 28. Divejev, 32. žižikija, ŽK: Šporar, Gnezda Čerin, Verbič, Bijol, Rogelj, Lovrič – Sutormin. Disputed by: Dias – Tavares, Soares (in Port.)
Slovenia: Oblak – Karničnik (87th Rogelj), Bijol, Mevlja, Balkovec – Gnezda Čerin (87th Zahovič), Kurtič – Iličič, Lovrič, Verbič (53rd Šeško) – Šporar (72nd Črnigoj)
Mask: Safonov – Sutormin, Divejev (38. Osipenko), Džikija, Kudrjašov – Fomin (86. Jerochin), Barinov, Kuzjajev – Al. Mirančuk (78. Zabolotnyj), Smolov (78. Zacharjan), Bakajev (86. Čisťakov)
Romania – Armenia 1: 0 (1: 0)
Goal: 26. Mitrita
Northern Macedonia – Germany 0: 4 (0: 0)
Goals: 70. a 74. Werner, 50. Havertz, 83. Musiala
Iceland – Liechtenstein 4: 0 (2: 0)
Goals: 35th and 79th Gudmundsson (both from 11 m), 19. Thordarson, 89. Gudjohnsen, Red Cross: 63. M. Marxer (Liechtenstein) after 2nd GC