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Roberto Martinez's team were in fine form while Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal in their win over Luxembourg
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Belgium hit eight in a ruthless destruction of Belarus in World Cup qualifying.
Brighton forward Leandro Trossard and Club Brugge’s Hans Vanaken scored twice apiece for Roberto Martinez’s side while there were also goals for Michy Batshuayi, Jeremy Doku, Dennis Praet and Christian Benteke.
Belgium are three points ahead of the Czech Republic at the top of Group E after the latter’s 1-0 defeat by Wales.
The final act is for @VanakenHans! ⚽⚽ #BELBLR #COMEONBELGIUM 🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/9biWjuGdKZ
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) March 30, 2021
Both sides were down to 10 men, with Patrik Schick sent off for the Czechs and Connor Roberts for Wales, when Daniel James headed in Gareth Bale’s cross in the 81st minute.
Cristiano Ronaldo was on the scoresheet three days after storming off the pitch against Serbia.
The Portugal captain was furious to have been denied what would have been a winning goal on Saturday when officials failed to spot his shot had crossed the line before being cleared and headed for the tunnel before the final whistle.
Luxembourg took a shock lead on Tuesday through Gerson Rodrigues but Liverpool’s Diogo Jota pulled Portugal level just before half-time, Ronaldo put them ahead and Joao Palhinha secured a 3-1 victory.
Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice as Serbia defeated Azerbaijan 2-1 to stay level with Portugal at the top of Group A.
Mitrovic’s first was cancelled out by Emin Makhmudov’s penalty, but he struck again with his fifth goal in six days to secure victory.
Gibraltar were hit for seven by Holland in Group G.
It was only 1-0 at half-time, Steven Berghuis netting in the 41st minute, but the goals flew in after the break, including three in four minutes.
Memphis Depay scored twice while Luuk de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum, Donyell Malen and Donny van de Beek were also on the scoresheet.
Holland are one point behind Turkey, who were held to a 3-3 draw by Latvia.
⚡➥ & hungry for more!#GIBNED pic.twitter.com/v1kNLftkmf
— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) March 30, 2021
Turkey led through goals from Kenan Karaman and Hakan Calhanoglu before Roberts Savalnieks pulled one back.
Burak Yilmaz restored the two-goal advantage but goals from Roberts Uldrikis and Davis Ikaunieks secured a point for Latvia.
Norway sit level on points with Holland, Alexander Sorloth scoring the only goal of their 1-0 victory over Montenegro.
Things are tight at the top of Group H after victories for Slovakia and Croatia.
Slovakia were 2-1 winners over Russia.
Milan Skriniar put the hosts ahead but Mario Fernandes looked like he might have claimed a point for Russia when he equalised in the 71st minute, only for Robert Mak to grab the winner.
⏹️ Final whistle in Rijeka! #Croatia celebrates second consecutive #WCQ victory – congratulations!#BeProud #CROMAL #Vatreni🔥 pic.twitter.com/RWqZXkt9AI
— HNS (@HNS_CFF) March 30, 2021
Croatia were comfortable 3-0 winners over Malta, Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric and Josip Brekalo netting in the second half.
Ioannis Pittas scored the only goal as Cyprus claimed a shock 1-0 victory over Slovenia.
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A late Dan James goal sees Wales beat the Czech Republic, with both sides having a man sent off; Turkey held to a 3-3 draw against Latvia; Croatia beat Malta
A late Dan James goal sees Wales beat the Czech Republic, with both sides having a man sent off; Turkey held to a 3-3 draw against Latvia; Croatia beat Malta 3-0; The Netherlands and Belgium pick up big wins; Portugal come from behind to beat Luxembourg; Slovakia and Norway also win
Tuesday 30 March 2021 23:15, UK
Belgium’s second-string used the opportunity of a rare start to impress coach Roberto Martinez as they thumped Belarus 8-0 in their World Cup Qualifier on Tuesday.
With Martinez warning players were under scrutiny for places in the Euro 2020 squad, Michy Batshuayi, Hans Vanaken (2), Leandro Trossard (2), Jeremy Doku, Dennis Praet and Christian Benteke all scored as Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens were given the night off.
It lifted Belgium to seven points from their opening trio of matches in Group E, while Belarus suffered their first defeat after opening their qualifying bid with a 4-2 win over Estonia at the weekend.
Belgium, top of the FIFA rankings, were 4-0 up at half-time at Den Dreef as they inflicted Belarus’ heaviest ever defeat.
Elsewhere in Group E, Dan James’ late header gave Wales a vital 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic as both sides ended the game with 10 men in Cardiff.
Wales missed the best chance of the first half with a rare attack as Gareth Bale’s close-range effort was tipped over by Tomas Vaclik, but the hosts gained a numerical advantage after the break as Patrik Schick was sent off for raising his hand to Connor Roberts following a tussle in the box.
Roberts was then dismissed for a second booking, having received the first in the incident with Schick, but Wales played their best football thereafter, and got the winner as Bale’s superb, wicked cross was headed home brilliantly by James for his fourth Wales goal (81).
Joe Rodon denied Ondrej Celustka a nailed-on equaliser in stoppage time with a sensational block in the penalty area, and Wales held on for their first win of the campaign, leaving them third, a point behind the Czechs having played one game fewer.
Netherlands’ winger Steven Berghuis scored one goal and set up another as they overcame a wasteful first half to thump minnows Gibraltar 7-0.
Luuk de Jong, Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and Donyell Malen all also scored as the visitors netted four goals in nine second-half minutes to give an emphatic look to the score after a stuttering opening period frustrated manager Frank de Boer.
Substitute Donny van de Beek added a sixth late on and Depay got his second as the Netherlands recorded their biggest away win since a 7-0 success over San Marino in 1993.
Before the match, the Dutch players again wore t-shirts designed to highlight the plight of migrant workers in Qatar, who host the next World Cup, joining similar protests made by Norway and Germany players at previous games.
The Dutch moved into second place in Group G with six points from three games, one point behind leaders Turkey who were surprisingly held to a 3-3 draw at home by Latvia.
Turkey went up 2-0 in just over half an hour thanks to goals from Kenan Karaman and Hakan Calhanoglu before Roberts Savalnieks pulled a goal back.
Burak Yilmaz restored Turkey’s two-goal lead from the penalty spot before Roberts Uldrikis and Davis Ikaunieks rescued a point for Latvia.
Norway were also 1-0 winners against Montenegro.
Alexander Sorloth scored his second goal in three games to secure the win.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in this World Cup Qualifying campaign but then inexplicably missed a sitter as Portugal were forced to come from behind to beat Luxembourg 3-1.
Luxembourg went into the game full of confidence after winning 1-0 against the Republic of Ireland and they took a shock lead against the European champions when Portuguese-born Gerson Rodrigues, who scored against Ireland, glanced in a header on the half-hour mark.
Portugal went close to levelling on two occasions before Diogo Jota headed in their equaliser in the second minute of added time at the end of the first half.
Ronaldo, who had been denied a goal in the 2-2 draw against Serbia on Saturday despite the ball clearly crossing the line, put Portugal in charge early in the second half, firing into the far bottom corner after combining with Joao Cancelo.
Ronaldo should have scored again later in the half when the ball landed at his feet following a terrible Luxembourg backpass but Portugal’s all-time top scorer shot straight at Anthony Moris, who saved the striker’s second attempt immediately after with his feet.
Substitute Joao Palhinha put Fernando Santos’s side further ahead in the 80th minute by heading home a Pedro Neto corner, also scoring for the first time for his country, while the visitors’ task got easier when Luxembourg’s Maxime Chanot was sent off for a second booking in the 87th.
The victory lifted Portugal to the top of Group A on seven points after three games, level with Serbia, while Luxembourg are third with three points.
Earlier in the day, Serbia were 2-1 winners against Azerbaijan.
Croatia beat Malta 3-0 at home after second-half substitutes Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric and Josip Brekalo struck to force the rugged visitors into submission.
The Group H result lifted 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia to the top of the standings on six points from three games, ahead of Russia on goal difference, after the Russians suffered a 2-1 defeat at third-placed Slovakia, who have five points.
Croatia laid siege to the Maltese area in the first half and created two early chances as Nikola Vlasic shot wide from 10 metres while Mario Pasalic’s 14th-minute header hit the top of the crossbar.
Modric and Perisic, who started on the bench after their exertions in Croatia’s opening two games, made a decisive impact after coach Zlatko Dalic threw them on shortly after the break as the home side struggled to carve out the supply routes.
Perisic broke the deadlock with a close-range finish in the 62nd minute when he turned in a cross by fellow substitute Borna Barisic and Modric made it 2-0 with a 76th-minute penalty after Kyrian Nwoko handled a Mislav Orsic corner.
Brekalo added the third in the 90th minute with a simple tap-in after Perisic raced clear down the left flank and squared a perfect pass to the wing back.
Robert Mak set up a goal and then scored the winner as Slovakia edged Russia 2-1, ending the Russians winning start to World Cup Qualifying.
Slovenia’s hopes of qualifying looked bright after beating Croatia last week but now are fading fast after a surprise 1-0 loss to Cyprus.
The hosts scored against the run of play in the 42nd minute when Ioannis Pittas fired low past Jan Oblak.
Cyprus defended deep and held on for only their second win in 14 games.
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