World Cup qualifiers: 13 November


We are one step closer to knowing which teams will reach Qatar’s World Cup in 2022, with Saturday night with more one-sided fights and goals in abundance.

Such as France and Belgium were in action, while it was also a very special evening for the legendary Wales forward Gareth Bale.

Let’s go into the results of the European teams trying to reach next year’s global showpiece.

We start in Group D and Zenica, where there was a red card and a missed penalty in the match between Bosnia & Herzegovina and Finland.

The visitors took the lead through Marcus Forss before getting Jukka Raitala sent off, even though their exhausted line managed to take a second through Robin Lod.

Luke Menalo managed to pull one back, but Daniel O’Shaughnessy put the game to bed with Finland’s third.

Shocking scenes when Rabiot scores for France / FRANCK FIFE / GettyImages

Nobody expected much outrage here, right?

Kylian Mbappe was early on in the “fill your boots” mood and quickly created a brace with two nice finishes. He got his hat trick long before half time and sent a lovely nod from Kingsley Coman’s post in the far corner, before Karim Benzema came into the act.

The striker knocked in from close range before scoring another easy goal, this time with the permission of Mbappe’s square pass.

If Kazakhstan thought it could not get worse, Adrien Rabiot then scored. A real goal from the actual Adrien Rabiot. And so Antoine Griezmann made a penalty. And so Mbappe got his fourth.

A pretty long night for Kazakhstan but a fantastic night for France, who secured their place in the World Cup thanks to the win.

You can find 90min’s France player ratings here.

Norway’s hopes for a play-off place were hit when they were held against a goalless draw by low Latvia.

Without Erling Haaland in the squad, such as Alexander Sorloth and Martin Odegaard were commissioned to break down the guests, but no opening came despite their dominance in ball possession and shooting statistics.

Turkey strengthens its World Cup hopes / OZAN KOSE / GettyImages

Norway’s bad night was good news for Turkey, who crushed Gibraltar to increase their own qualifiers.

Kerem Akturkoglu opened the scoring before Gibraltar’s Jayce Mascarenhas-Olivero was sent off, with Halil Dervisoglu’s double play making it 3-0 before the break.

Merih Demiral, Serdar Dursun and Mert Muldur all scored a goal to complete the route, which pushed Turkey ahead of Norway in Group G on goal difference.

The Netherlands were two goals up and sailed against Montenegro, but threw away everything late and had to settle for a draw.

Barcelona striker Memphis Depay scored two goals when he struck a fairly soft penalty to give the Dutch the lead before doubling that advantage with a close-range finish.

But blows from Ilija Vukotic and Nikola Vujnovic in the 82nd and 86th minutes, respectively, ensured that Holland would not secure qualification for the World Cup yet.

The Christian Benteke Renaissance 2021 is still in full swing, and the Crystal Palace striker will have his Belgian debut when they beat Estonia.

It was somewhat gifted to him by visiting goalkeeper Matvei Igonen, who played a simple cross in Benteke’s road to convert from about a meter away. Yannick Carrasco settled the deal in the second half and put in a brilliant effort from far and up in the upper corner.

Erik Sorga withdrew one for Estonia, but Thorgan Hazard quickly re-established Belgium’s two-goal lead when the Red Devils secured their place in Qatar.

(C)? #WALBLR | #TogetherStronger

– Wales ???????? (@Cymru) November 13, 2021

Gareth Bale’s 100th international for Wales was the most important point of discussion in Cardiff on Saturday night when his team secured a solid victory over Belarus.

The Real Madrid forward took an assist when Neco Williams put one in at home, with Aaron Ramsey previously scoring with a push. Bale was taken off at half-time before Wales were awarded a penalty, which Ramsey coolly converted.

Ben Davies then scored his first international goal for Wales, Tottenham’s defender bundled in from a corner, before Artem Kontsevoy made an absolute consolation for Belarus.

It might have been a nice tune for the guests to finish on, but instead Connor Roberts struck in at 5-1.

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