After their impressive opening victories, France and Austria followed suit in the Euro 2024 qualifiers in Germany.
Vice world champions France won 1-0 (0-0) in Ireland thanks to a dream goal from Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard, and Austria came back 2-1 (0-1) over Estonia.
3-0 (1-0) Netherlands struggled against soccer dwarf Gibraltar for their first win.
In an atmospheric Dublin, right-back Pavard (50 min) scored a powerful shot under the crossbar for France’s winners, who beat the Netherlands 4-0 in the first match.
Disappointing for the Dutch
In addition to Pavard, his Munich clubmate Dayot Upamecano and Frankfurt player Randall Kolo-Mwane were in the starting line-up of national coach Didier Deschamps.
In Rotterdam, Memphis Depay (23 min) and Nathan Ake (50 min / 82 min) scored for the Dutch, who owe a lot after the red card against Liam Walker (51).
Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt has played since the start after surviving a viral illness.
Thus, Elftal advanced to third place in the second group, behind the French and Greece.
Rangnick wins with Austria
After beating Azerbaijan 4-1, Ralf Rangnick celebrated his next victory as head coach of the Austrians.
Michael Gregoric (88) scored the winning goal for the Alpine Republic shortly before the end.
Previously, Cologne’s Florian Kainz (68) scored Palts’ opening goal through Rauno Sabinen (25).
Even before the guests scored, Gregoric failed with a penalty kick on the crossbar (17).
Mandatory victory for Sweden
After losing 3-0 to Belgium, Sweden secured a mandatory victory.
Coach Jan Andersson’s team, which did not include veteran star Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the tour squad this time, beat Azerbaijan 5-0 (1-0) in Solna.
RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg (38 minutes), Bahloul Mostafazadeh (65 minutes / goal), Victor Giocres (79 minutes), Jesper Karlsson (88 minutes) and Anthony Ilanga (89 minutes) scored for the Scandinavians.
The Swedes advanced to third place with three points, and Austria remains at the top of the table with the optimal result.
Poland defeats Albania
Belgium has yet to play the opening win.
On Tuesday (8.45pm in the live video on ran.de) the Red Devils will meet national coach Domenico Tedesco with the German national team in Cologne.
Star striker Robert Lewandowski celebrated his first hat-trick for Poland in a 1-0 (1-0) win over Albania.
After 1: 3 in the Czech Republic at the start, Karol Swiderski scored the winning goal (41).
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