Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Scott McTominay scored a winner in injury time as Scotland came from behind to claim a decisive 3-2 victory over Israel in the World Cup qualifier on Saturday, while England beat Andorra 5-0 to stay on track to reach next year’s global showpiece .

Meanwhile, Sweden’s Alexander Isak scored a fantastic solo goal in a 3-0 victory over Kosovo, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a record-breaking 112th international goal for Portugal in a 3-0 friendly victory over Qatar.

The victory takes Scotland four points ahead of Israel in second place in Group F with three matches left as they bid to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

Group winners automatically qualify for next year’s finals in Qatar, where second place is on its way into the playoffs.

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Scotland followed twice in the first half at Hampden Park to goals from PSV Eindhoven striker Eran Zahavi and Mu’nas Dabbur.

John McGinn equalized once, but home striker Lyndon Dykes missed a penalty kick at half-time.

He made changes before the hour mark with an equalizer, awarded after a VAR review, after the referee initially allowed it for a high boot.

One point would have been a decent result for Steve Clarkes’ men, but the hosts pressed for a winner who arrived in the 94th minute when Manchester United midfielder McTominay bundled into the back post.

The Scots still have a small chance of topping the group, which is behind leaders Denmark, who crossed Moldova 4-0 in Chisinau, by seven points.

“We have a couple of games left and we just have to stay focused. We wanted a win tonight and we got it, Dykes tells Sky Sports.

Scotland won one last gasp victory.
Scotland won one last gasp victory.Source: Getty Images

-Very changed England scores five-

England manager Gareth Southgate rested key players including Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling as his second string impressed in a 5-0 knockout of Andorra.

Ben Chilwell opened the scoring in the 17th minute, with the goal awarded by VAR after initially being rejected for off-side against Jadon Sancho.

Bukayo Saka secured the points before half-time, and Roma striker Tammy Abraham made the most of a rare start by scoring in the 59th minute.

Jack Grealish came off the bench and won a penalty that James Ward-Prowse saw saved before turning in the return.

Grealish rounded off the score with a fine individual effort for his first international goal after collecting goalkeeper Sam Johnstone’s long kicks.

“It’s been a long time and it’s time for me to score because everyone’s told me so,” Grealish told the BBC.

“I think it’s 16 games now. It was on its way and I’m just glad I got off track. “It was a busy night for Kateryna Monzul, the first female official to officiate a match in England, with five yellow cards and a penalty.

England are still four points ahead at the top of Group I after Albania in second place won 1-0 against Hungary in Budapest.

Poland are one point further behind in third place after seeing San Marino 5-0 and next meeting Albania in Tirana on Tuesday.

Jack Grealish said ‘it’s been a long time’ after his first goal in England.Source: Getty Images

Sweden maintains hunt for Spain –

Sweden moved within a point of Group B leaders Spain thanks to a 3-0 victory over Kosovo in Solna.

Alexander Isak scored a magnificent goal to get an excellent individual display with Robin Quaison and Emil Forsberg also on the scoring sheet.

Sweden also have a game in hand against Spain, which they visit in their last qualifier next month.

Greece retained the hope of pushing themselves into the top two as two late goals secured a 2-0 victory in Georgia.

The Greeks remain undefeated and are three points behind Sweden and also have a game in hand at Spain.

Ronaldo took his number to 112 international goals in a friendly match for Portugal. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP)Source: AFP

Switzerland remain close to the coats of arms for European champions Italy, after edging 10-man Northern Ireland 2-0 in Geneva.

The Swiss are three points behind Italy in Group C with a game in hand and lead third-placed Northern Ireland by six points.

Elsewhere, Serbia moved over Portugal to the top of Group A with a 1-0 victory over Luxembourg.

Ukraine ended a race of five draws with a 2-1 victory over Finland to consolidate their grip on second place in Group D.

The Euro 2020 quarter-finalists are two points ahead of Bosnia-Herzegovina, who beat Kazakhstan 2-0 and four points behind France


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