One other hat trick for Cristiano Ronaldo, one other win — and qualification for the World Cup — for Denmark. And but extra crowd hassle in a recreation between England and Hungary.
There was a way of familiarity to the World Cup qualifiers in Europe on Tuesday, not least in Faro the place Ronaldo prolonged his males’s report tally of worldwide targets to 115 by scoring the 58th hat trick of his profession for membership and nation in Portugal’s 5-0 win over Luxembourg.
Denmark turned the second European nation to qualify for subsequent 12 months’s match in Qatar, after Germany on Monday, by securing an eighth straight win in group play by beating Austria 1-0. The decisive win — sealed by Joakim Maehle’s second-half purpose — got here on the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen the place star playmaker Christian Eriksen collapsed in June throughout a European Championship recreation. It’s nonetheless unclear if Eriksen can resume his profession to play on the World Cup in 13 months’ time.
England is more likely to be there, however was made to attend earlier than reserving its place after being held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary at Wembley Stadium. Occasions on the sector had been overshadowed by clashes between law enforcement officials and Hungary supporters initially of the match, sparked — in response to police — by a visiting fan making “racially aggravated” feedback towards a steward.
Dysfunction by Hungary followers — together with racism — throughout the first group match between the groups, in Budapest final month, led to the Hungarians having to play a recreation in an empty stadium. Sweden climbed above Spain into first place in Group B with a 2-0 win over Greece, and Switzerland moved stage on factors with Italy in Group C with a 4-0 victory over Lithuania.
In Group A, Portugal is a degree behind Serbia, which beat Azerbaijan 3-1, however has a recreation in hand. Solely the highest crew from every group qualifies robotically for the World Cup. The second-place finishers go into the playoffs.
A pair of penalties, within the eighth and thirteenth minutes, set Ronaldo on his solution to a report tenth worldwide hat trick for Portugal that was accomplished within the 87th minute. The 36-year-old Manchester United striker was enjoying his 182nd worldwide recreation.
Bruno Fernandes and João Palhinha additionally scored for Portugal in its fourth straight win in qualifying, which left a straight shootout with Serbia for first place. Serbia’s final recreation is at Portugal, which is able to first play its recreation in hand away to Eire.
Denmark is constant its good type from the European Championship, the place the crew surged to the semifinals regardless of shedding Eriksen in distressing circumstances within the opening recreation. The clear sheet towards Austria meant the Danes have but to concede in Group F, whereas they’re the one crew with a 100% report in qualifying.
Maehle scored with a sweeping shot that was teed up by Thomas Delaney’s direct run, taking Denmark to 27 targets — second solely to the Netherlands. Denmark holds an unassailable seven-point lead over Scotland, which continues to be on observe to complete runner-up after a 1-0 win on the Faeroe Islands. Scotland is 4 factors away from third-place Israel, which beat visiting Moldova 2-1.
Crowd hassle marred each of the video games in Group I — initially of the England-Hungary recreation and close to the tip of Albania-Poland. The unrest at Wembley unfolded after officers entered the away stand “to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated” remark towards a steward,” the Metropolitan Police stated in a press release. Police had been seen wielding batons to carry again the visiting followers however the remainder of the sport handed off largely peacefully.
The English Soccer Affiliation stated it was reporting the incident to FIFA, which has beforehand put Hungary on probation with the specter of one other recreation being performed with out followers if there was additional dysfunction at video games.
In Tirana, the match between Albania and Poland was quickly halted when Polish gamers walked off the sector after Albanian followers threw water bottles at them. The incident got here after Poland’s gamers celebrated scoring a 77th-minute purpose that finally earned a 1-0 win.
A Polish official on the bench referred to as on the gamers to instantly go away the sector. Earlier than the sport resumed — 20 minutes later — a stadium announcement warned followers that Albania may should forfeit if extra objects had been thrown. England is three factors away from Poland, which is an additional two factors forward of third-place Albania.
SWEDEN AND SWITZERLAND SOAR
The wins for Sweden and Switzerland arrange thrilling finales to their teams. Sweden leads Spain by two factors with two video games left for every. A kind of is a gathering between the international locations in Spain. Italy, the European champion, is simply above Switzerland on purpose distinction forward of the groups’ match in Rome on Nov. 12.
The Italians journey to Northern Eire for his or her closing qualifier, whereas Switzerland completes its program at residence to Bulgaria. In Group D, Teemu Pukki turned Finland’s report scorer by netting each targets in a 2-0 win at Kazakhstan. The Norwich striker moved onto 33 targets, yet another than Jari Litmanen. Finland is in third place, a degree behind Ukraine — which drew 1-1 with Bosnia-Herzegovina — and 4 behind France.