We are a little closer to knowing the line-up for the WC 2022 as three more European qualifying groups ended on Monday night.
Most intrigue could be found in Group C where Italy and Switzerland came in at day level on points at the top of the table.
Elsewhere, England’s development was not yet fully confirmed, while Scotland scrapped for every point to emerge as one of the seeded teams in this year’s play-offs.
This is how all three groups went out during the evening …
A frustrating night for Italy / Charles McQuillan / GettyImages
Group C came to a dramatic end with European Champions Italy ended up in the playoffs after failing to hit Northern Ireland.
The Azzurri entered the final match day level on points with Switzerland but had the advantage due to their superior goal difference. Despite this, it would be Switzerland who finished at the top of the group after easing to a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria thanks to goals from Noah Okafor, Ruben Vargas, Cedric Itten and Remo Freuler.
Italy meanwhile stumbled to 0-0 against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. Roberto Mancini enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 71 percent of possession. their best chance falls to Lorenzo Insigne just before the break.
WHAT A GOAL! ?
Che Adams finishes a perfect counterattack and makes it 2-0!
This is brilliant from Scotland ????????
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Scotland ended his World Cup qualifying campaign with a huge result, as Steve Clarke’s accusations recorded an impressive 2-0 victory over already qualified Denmark.
The hosts were commendable for their win at Hampden Park with John Souttar scoring his first international goal and making it 1-0 just before the break. Scotland continued to impress in the second period and got a well-deserved second through Che Adams.
They now advance to the playoffs as one of the seeded teams, giving them a decent chance to advance to next winter’s tournament.
In the other games in Group F, Israel secured a narrow victory with 3-2 over Faroe Islands while Austria rushed to a 4-1 win against Moldova.
England has done TEN in San Marino! ?
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– ITV Football (@itvfootball) November 15, 2021
England secured qualification for the World Cup in any style, blowing San Marino away 10-0 to take first place in Group I.
Harry Kane scored four goals in the first half to reach a split third with Gary Lineker on the Three Lions’ all-time goal scorer list and Emile Smith Rowe also celebrated his first start with his own stroke.
Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Tammy Abraham and Bukayo Saka were also included in the goal record.
Elsewhere, Poland – which was already guaranteed second place at the beginning of the game – got 2-1 with 2-1 Hungary, while Albania limped to a 1-0 victory over Andorra.
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