Saturday, September 4th 2021
Austria with bad defeat
France does not get into the qualification
The World Cup qualification reaches its halftime. The French are still undefeated, but they are anything but convincing. The Netherlands, on the other hand, put an exclamation mark. The Austrians, on the other hand, are hit badly against efficient Israelis. Has the qualification already been completed?
World champions France stumble at the top of the table, Louis van Gaal landed his first victory, and Austria suffered an almost impossible defeat in Israel: The World Cup qualification has reached its half-time with numerous contested games. The French in particular have been disappointed again and again, in the Ukraine the defending champion did not get past 1-1 (0: 1) – and is still at the top of Group D.
Ukraine had taken the lead through Mikola Schaparenko (44th), Anthony Martial (50th) equalized. With 9 points, France are now ahead of Finland and Ukraine (both 5) – but the Finns have played two games less. Thanks to a goal from Bayer Leverkusen’s Joel Pohjanpalo, she won 1-0 (0-0) against Kazakhstan.
For van Gaal there was the first success in the second game after his return as bond coach of the Netherlands. The important 4-0 (1-0) against Montenegro shot out Memphis Depay (38th, penalty / 62nd), Georginio Wijnaldum (70th) and Cody Gakpo (76th). Oranje is now in second place in Group G – with 10 points, however, tied with Norway, led by goalscorer Erling Haaland 2-0 (1-0) in Latvia. Both are just behind Turkey (11 points), which prevailed 2-0 (0-0) against the pointless football dwarf Gibraltar.
Israel turns four chances into four goals
Austria had a bitter evening in Israel. The team of the German coach Franco Foda lost with 2: 5 (1: 3) and field in group F in fourth place. Front-runner Denmark (15 points) took their fifth win in their fifth game and won 1-0 (0-0) against outsiders Faroe Islands without a glimpse.
Israel (10) now follows in second place, Scotland (8) is third after beating Moldova 1-0 (1-0). Only behind are the Austrians. Manor Solomon (5th), Hoffenheim’s Munas Dabbur (20th), Eran Zahavi (33rd / 90th) and Shon Weissman (58th) scored for Israel, who only had to shoot four times for the first four hits. Austria, on the other hand, counted 19 shots on goal at the end, had numerous top-class chances, but was only successful thanks to Hoffenheim’s Christoph Baumgartner (42nd) and ex-Bremen’s Marko Arnautovic (55th).
In Group A, Serbia won 4-1 (2-0) against Luxembourg and now leads the table in front of the Portuguese (both 10) with equal points. Portugal had no game and won a test against World Cup hosts Qatar 3-1 (2-0) on Saturday. At the top of Group H, Russia and Croatia are still tied (both 10). Russia won 2-0 (1-0) in Cyprus, Croatia prevailed 1-0 (0-0) in Slovakia.