Sweden – Kosovo 3: 0 (1: 0)
Thanks to Emil Forsberg, Alexander Isak and Robin Quaison, Sweden can continue to hope for direct World Cup qualification. In the 3-0 (1-0) against Kosovo, offensive all-rounder Forsberg from RB Leipzig first converted a hand penalty (29th), later the former BVB striker Isak (62nd) and the former Mainz Quaison (79th). The trio thus ensured that the Scandinavians continue to have their sights on victory in Group B. Spain is at the top of the table with a one-point lead, but the Nations League finalist already has one game more than their pursuers. Kosovo must finally bury its dream of a ticket to Qatar after the defeat.
Scotland – Israel 3: 2 (1: 2)
Despite being twice behind, Scotland successfully defended second place in Group F in a duel with direct rivals Israel. In the hard-fought 3: 2 (1: 2) in Glasgow, the guests managed to score 1: 0 and 2: 1 through Eran Zahavi (5th) and Munas Dabbur (31st) from Hoffenheim. The hosts fought back through John McGinn (29th) and Lyndon Dykes (55th), before Scott McTominay even scored the winning goal in stoppage time (90th + 4) – after which Hampden Park finally boiled. Scotland now has 14 points on the account, Israel is in third place with four points less. At the top Denmark is already well ahead of the competition.
Finland – Ukraine 1: 2 (1: 2)
In Group D things are still close behind the leaders of the table, France, who have already lost a few points. Ukraine defended second place, which would qualify for participation in the World Cup playoffs, on Friday with a 2-1 (2-1) in Finland and set themselves apart from their direct competitors. Between Ukraine (8 points), which has already played one game more than the competition. and the Finns (5) pushed themselves to Bosnia-Herzegovina (6). The team around the former Bundesliga top scorer Edin Dzeko had already won in Kazakhstan in the afternoon. Former BVB strikers Andrey Yarmolenko (4th) and Roman Yaremchuk (34th) ensured the Ukrainian victory in Finland. The goal for the hosts was achieved by former Schalke Teemu Pukki (29th).
The other World Cup qualifiers from early Saturday evening at a glance:
Georgia – Greece 0: 2 (0: 0)
Azerbaijan – Ireland 0: 3 (0: 2)