Group E and G of the European World Championship qualifiers could easily have been the group winners after Monday night’s games, but neither Belgium nor the Netherlands could be happy with the country ticket so far.
|Depay (in orange) is at two, and the Netherlands is at six (Image: AFP)|
Qualified for the European World Championship
Estonia – Wales 0-1 (K. Moore 12.)
Belarus – Czech Republic 0-2 (Check 22., Hlozik 65.)
At the moment, in Group E, Belgium cannot be happy with their exit from the World Cup, as this would have required Wales not to win in Estonia, but Robert Page’s team did not do so for Tallinn. After a tireless effort in the middle, Kieffer Moore could have closed the match after 12 minutes, but his last shot hit the post.
And in the other group match, the Czech Republic led by Patrik Szek won 2-0 as a guest against Belarus: the Czech striker succeeded in the national team for the first time since the European Summer Championship in the 22nd minute of the meeting. The match and then a goal pass to Adam Hluzyk in the second half. The race for second place is still fully open among the winners today.
|2. Czech Republic||7||3||2||2||12-9||+3||11|
|5. Belarus||7||1||–||6||6-19||– 13||3|
G . group
Netherlands – Gibraltar 6-0 (Van Dijk 9th, Depay 21st, 45+3-11, Dumfries 48th, Danjuma 75th, Malen 86th)
Latvia – Turkey 1-2 (Demiral 70. – Ongul, Il. Dorson 76., B. Yilmaz 90 + 8.)
Norway – Montenegro 2-0 (Al-Yunusi 29, 96).
With the lucky set of circumstances – the Turkish defeat, the Norwegian scoring and the win over Gibraltar – the Netherlands could have made it to the World Cup today, but only two of the three conditions were met. The Turks equalized Mire Demiral’s own goal in the 70th minute with Serdar Dorsun’s shot after six minutes – and in the 98th minute they also won a penalty from Burak Yilmaz as a guest of Latvia.
This means that although the Netherlands scored half a dozen goals against Gibraltar – it would have been seven if Memphis Depay had not missed the penalty in the 19th minute – it still cannot be claimed as the World Cup. participant.
The Norwegians, at least, did not make it through the Dutch exit, as Mohamed Al-Yonusi scored once in both halves, so they confidently won over Montenegro in Oslo – the Balkan goal was guarded by MTK goalkeeper Milan Mijatovic.
|6. Gibraltar||8||–||–||8||3 – 34||–31||0|
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