Tension in the group of the Netherlands: Portugal bends backlog at Luxembourg, Orange holds goal fair at Gibraltar

Spanning in poule van Nederland: Portugal buigt achterstand om bij Luxemburg, Oranje houdt doelpuntenkermis op Gibraltar

European champion Portugal won his World Cup qualifying match at Luxembourg 1-3 on Tuesday, after surprisingly falling behind at first. The Netherlands went on to win 0-7 at Gibraltar. The group of our northern neighbors is still very exciting. Turkey also won and remains the leader with seven points. The Netherlands has six, just like Montenegro and Norway.

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Gerson Rodrigues (30.) surprised by giving Luxembourg the lead against Portugal, Diogo Jota (45 + 2.) Equalized just before half time. After the break, there was the inevitable Cristiano Ronaldo (51.) to give the Portuguese the lead. Joao Palinha made it 1-3. Anthony Moris (Union) was in goal with the Luxembourgers, captain Laurent Jans (Standard) was right back and Danel Sinani (Waasland-Beveren) the attack leader. Portugal is the leader with seven points. Serbia, which won 1-2 earlier in the evening against Azerbaijan, also has seven points, Luxembourg is deserving third with three points.

The Netherlands needed a lot of time to open the score when visiting football dwarf Gibraltar, but just before half-time Steven Berghuis (42.) gave Orange the 0-1. After the break, the engine started running and Luuk de Jong (55.), Memphis Depay (61.), Georginio Wijnaldum (62.), Donyell Malen (64.), Donny van de Beek (85.) and again Depay ( 88.) still 0-7 of them.

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Turkey wins, Alexander Sorloth (ex-AA Gent) scores for Norway

Tension in the group of the Netherlands: Portugal bends backlog at Luxembourg, Orange holds goal fair at Gibraltar
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In the same group, Turkey was stuck on a draw with Latvia. Kenan Karaman (2.) and Hakan Calhanoglu (33.) led the Turks 2-0, Roberts Savalnieks (35.) made 2-1. Burak Yilmaz (53.) took care of the 3-1, but Roberts Uldrikis (58.) soon came with a new Latvian connection goal. Davis Ikaunieks (79.) gave the Latvians a point with his 3-3.

Still in group G, Norway won economically with 0-1 against Montenegro after a goal by Alexander Sorloth (35., ex-Gent). Turkey remains the leader with seven points. The Netherlands has six, just like Montenegro and Norway. Tension trumps. Latvia has one point, Gibraltar has zero.

Croatia wins quickly

Tension in the group of the Netherlands: Portugal bends backlog at Luxembourg, Orange holds goal fair at Gibraltar
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Vice world champion Croatia beat Malta 3-0 after goals from Ivan Perisic (62., ex-Club Brugge), Luka Modric (76.) and Josip Brekalo (90.). In the same group, Slovakia beat Russia 2-1. Milan Skriniar (38.) opened the score. Mario Fernandes (71.) equalized, but Robert Mak (74.) still gave the Slovaks the victory. Croatia is the leader with a better goal difference than Russia, which also has six points. Slovakia has five points, Malta has one point.

(Belgian)

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