Spain and Italy intensify the hunt for fugitive Euro leaders

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Spain Six crashed into Euro 2024 qualifiers on Tuesday while Belgium They were also big winners like Italy They revived their campaign and Austria and Switzerland remained on their way to qualifying.

substitute Ferran Torres Hit twice for Spain, while JaviMikel Merino, Joselu and new signing Alex Baena also scored in their 6-0 win over Cyprus. Granada.

Spain was reduced to six points behind Scotland, leaders of Group A, with a match in hand. The two teams will meet in the next round in Seville on October 12

Coach Luis de la Fuente told Spanish channel TVE: “Our goal is clear: to win the rest of the matches.”

“We want to finish top of the group.”

Norway maintained its weak chance of catching up with Scotland or Spain, while ending Georgia’s hopes of qualifying with a 2-1 victory in Oslo.

Erling Haaland gave Norway the lead with his seventh goal in five competitive matches this season and his 25th goal in 26 international matches. Martin Odegaard added the second goal before Bodo Zevzevadze responded in extra time.

David Fratesi Italy ensured their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign was back on track by scoring twice in an entertaining 2-1 win over Ukraine that moved the Azzurri into second place in Group C.

Inter Milan midfielder Fratesi scored twice in the first half-hour at the San Siro to give Luciano Spalletti his first home success as coach of the European champions.

Italy was tied with seven points with Ukraine, which scored captain Andriy Yarmolenko’s goal four minutes before the end of the first half, and North Macedonia.

Italy occupies second place out of two automatically qualifying places in the record of direct confrontations between these three teams, with a difference of six points England Who played the game more.

“We should be happy,” Spalletti told RAI TV. He added: “The team played good football and was well organized on the field.”

Ukraine tied with England on Saturday.

Ukraine coach Serhiy Rebrov said: “It was difficult for us to play so quickly after playing against England.”

Next month, Italy will face Malta in Bari before traveling to Wembley, the site of its recent European Championship triumph, to face England.

– ‘Perfect night’ –

Belgium overtook Austria at the top of Group F on goal difference, despite the victory of both teams.

Romelu Lukaku Belgium scored two goals to crush Estonia 5-0 in Brussels, while Austria, which faces a much more difficult trip to Solna, won. Sweden 3-1.

“A perfect night: 5-0, clean sheet. Goal, my 150th match,” the veteran Belgian defender said. Jan Vertonghen Who opened the registration

The 36-year-old added: “We have many players who are no longer part of the national team.” “I didn’t feel ready for it yet.”

In Sweden, Austria scored three goals in 16 minutes of the second half.

Michael Gregorich hit first and Marko Arnautović The following two before Emil Holm He answered in the 90th minute.

The top two teams are seven points ahead of Sweden.

“Now we can breathe a little,” Austria coach Ralf Rangnick said.

Switzerland maintained its lead in Group Nine after a great effort by defeating last-placed Andorra 3-0.

Cedric Itten put the hosts ahead in the 49th minute in Sion. Granite Chakain the 84th minute, and Xherdan Shaqiri A penalty kick in stoppage time added a little spark to the final score.

Romania remained two points behind in second place after beating Kosovo 2-0 in Bucharest in a match that was postponed after its fans raised an anti-Kosovo banner in the first half.

Although the visitors played with 10 players since the 42nd minute, when striker Verdat scored Muriqi After being sent off, the hosts did not take the lead until captain Nicolae Stanciu, who had earlier missed a penalty, scored seven minutes from time. Valentin Mihaela added the second goal in stoppage time.

Israel later left the ball behind, with Gabi Kanichowski scoring the only goal as they beat Belarus 1-0 in Tel Aviv in the third minute of extra time to keep Israel within one point of Romania.


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