After the frustrating display at Santiago, Chile and suspension of the match against Argentina, Brazil faced Peru. The times have changed and such rosters are not a hundred percent guarantee of victory like the good old days, rather, the fear of losing against lower-ranked sides remain. Thankfully, Brazil fared better than the outing against Chile to bag full points and retain their top spot in the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers.
At Buenos Aires, it was time for Argentina to thrash the visitors – Bolivia and it was all about Lionel Messi who reached the milestone of breaking Pele’s 77-goal record and again, scored a hat-trick. His one-man show propelled Argentina to a comprehensive victory who are looking very good at the moment. Even though, one must not forget the poor state of the Bolivian football team, who are a jolly-bash for many teams in South America. Brazil thrashed them 5-0 previously.
Poland might not be the force which they were once upon a time but they had been the one who denied England a spot in the 1974 edition of the FIFA World Cup. And, with that, the world would not witness England come back to the showpiece event since Spain 1982. Warsaw is a venue that has always been a challenging one for the English and denied them a victory on many occasions. It was not different last night as well.
Germany made it three wins out of three to start Hansi Flick’s tenure as a manager with their 4-0 win over Iceland in Reykjavík. Goals from Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry, Antonio Rudiger, Leroy Sane, and Timo Werner gave Germany the three points, further cementing their place in the top spot of the UEFA World Cup qualifying Group J after six matches played.
The Italian side of Roberto Mancini has forgotten how to lose. They might end up with a draw, but, still, their impact is always evident and the Azzurri Brigade continues to prosper in every match. During the international break they dropped points against Bulgaria and Switzerland, but, it seems, they had reserved all their firepower for the Lithuania thrashing.
With back-to-back comprehensive victories, Israel expected to shock Denmark but they discovered that against oppositions who are really good can strip and take them to the cleaners in no time. Denmark hit Israel five times and gunned them down and which made them the only team during the World Cup Qualifiers in Europe having a record of hundred percent win.
It is clear that Argentina had given false information about the four players travelling from the UK and for the mess at the Corinthians Arena, there is only team blame for and which is Argentina. First of all, they broke the quarantine rules and gave false information to the health authorities – which requires strict punishments from FIFA and secondly, they are whining to hide their fault, which makes no sense, rather it would be better to accept the mistakes.
It was another Super Clasico since the Copa America final at Maracana. Brazil and Argentina met each other at the Corinthians Arena for the World Cup Qualifiers and the match had barely passed five minutes when scores of officers stormed the pitch, to the incredulity of both teams.
Back in Israel football exists. They love football and wish to push themselves to the next level. They did feature in the World Cup almost fifty years and at present many of their players are playing club football in Europe. In the ongoing World Cup Qualifiers, the performance of Israel is not at all bad and the thrashing victory over Austria last night hinted at their improvement.
It was a night to celebrate for one of the hard-nut-to-crack sides in world football – Sweden as they handed Spain a shocking defeat at Stockholm. It might come as a surprise to many but they should never forget how tough Sweden could be and even the very best tasted their spirited displays in the past.
It was time for the European Champions Italy to showcase their display in the World Cup Qualifiers, but in a low-key affair, the Azzurri were held by the Bulgarians. Yes, Italy’s unbeaten run under Roberto Mancini has been intact because they shared points whereas a straightforward victory was expected.
One might argue that Brazil did not have the services of the major players who are playing club football back in Europe due to COVID-19 restrictions, but on paper Selecao still looked like a formidable unit. And, with someone like Neymar around, obviously, the in-form Brazilian unit was expected to play in a commendable fashion against Chile, who, so far, have cut an unsatisfactory figure. Well, it was not a night to remember for Brazil despite earning full points.
The Copa America champions showed their might in Venezuela by essaying a dominating victory.
The memory of the Euro 2020 was quite shocking for the World Champions France and thus they wished to erase that with a commendable victory over Bosnia Herzegovina. Sadly, it turned out to be another painful affair as a ten-man French unit was halted by Bosnia.
When Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in the fifteenth minute and after that, the Republic of Ireland went ahead, the Irish fans smelt a famous victory. And, there were reactions from the Irish fans towards Cristiano Ronaldo – they whistled towards him, but they forgot it’s not finished yet until and unless Cristiano Ronaldo decides when it would end.
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