European Qualifiers round-up: Belgium thrash Russia to secure top spot in Group I
Last Updated: 16/11/19 11:45pm
Brothers Eden and Thorgan Hazard combined to help Group I leaders Belgium beat Russia 4-1 and wrap up top spot in Saint Petersburg.
Real Madrid playmaker Eden released the Borussia Dortmund winger into the left side of the penalty box, where he cut back inside before drilling the ball into the top corner after 19 minutes.
Eden Hazard made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute when he volleyed the ball in from Romelu Lukaku's knockdown.
The former Chelsea winger added a third just before half-time, slotting home an unselfish cutback from Kevin De Bruyne after the Manchester City midfielder had raced clear on goal.
Lukaku powered in a fourth with 18 minutes left as Belgium maintain their perfect qualification record to seal top spot.
Croatia comeback to qualify
Croatia made sure of qualification from Group E as they beat 10-man Slovakia 3-1 in Rijeka.
The visitors had taken a surprise lead in the 32nd minute through Robert Bozenik but Nikola Vlasic fired Croatia level after 56 minutes with a low finish, before Bruno Petkovic headed in from a corner on the hour.
Slovakia saw winger Robert Mak sent off for a second yellow card, with Ivan Perisic's volley sealing a place at Euro 2020 for the World Cup runners-up.
Croatia's victory means Wales will now go into their final game against Hungary - live on Sky Sports - knowing victory would put them through as runners-up.
Top of the Poles
Poland secured top spot in Group G with a 2-1 win in Israel. Grzegorz Krychowiak put the visitors ahead from a corner after just four minutes, with Krzysztof Piatek adding a second in the 54th minute.
Israel had a goal ruled out for offside, before Munas Dabbur scored a late consolation.
Austria book Euro 2020 ticket
Austria confirmed their place at Euro 2020 with a 2-1 win over North Macedonia in Vienna.
Bayern Munich midfielder David Alaba put Austria ahead in the seventh minute, with Stefan Lainer making it 2-0 early in the second half. Vlatko Stojanovski headed in a late consolation for the visitors.
Slovenia had earlier beaten Latvia 1-0 with an own goal from Igors Tarasovs.
Spartak Moscow defender Georgiy Dzhikiya scored a late consolation for the hosts, who are also confirmed their spot at Euro 2020.
Germany, Netherlands through
Germany and Netherlands secured their places at Euro 2020 from qualifying Group C as Northern Ireland were left to try their luck in the play-offs.
Toni Kroos scored twice as Germany beat Belarus 4-0 in Monchengladbach, while the Dutch held out for a goalless draw at Windsor Park - where Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis missed a first-half penalty.
Defender Matthias Ginter had given Germany the lead just before half-time when he backheel flicked in a cross from Serge Gnabry at the near post.
Leon Goretzka made it 2-0 soon after the restart with a low drive after the ball was cut back from a corner and Kroos clipped home a third in the 55th minute.
With 15 minutes left, Belarus were awarded a penalty when Freiburg defender Robin Koch tripped Pavel Nekhajchik - Manuel Neuer, though, saved Igor Stasevich's spot-kick.
Real Madrid midfielder Kroos produced great close control to slot in Germany's fourth with seven minutes left.
San Marino off the mark
⚽️ 🇸🇲 Filippo Berardi’s goal is San Marino’s first in competitive internationals since Sept 2017, ending a run of 16 games without scoring— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 16, 2019
2019 is their joint best scoring year in competitive fixtures since 2007, when they scored twice pic.twitter.com/S0iyXw9HQH
In Group I, Kazakhstan won 3-1 at San Marino, who remain pointless - but scored a first goal at home in 16 matches through Marco Bernardi in the second half.