In the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Israel withstood the Danish attacks for almost half an hour three days after the 5-2 home win against the ÖFB team, before Yussuf Poulsen dusted off after a shot only briefly parried by goalie Ofir Marciano (28th). Then things went very fast: Captain Simon Kjaer headed for a free kick (31st), striker Andreas Skov Olsen volleyed into the far corner (41st).
Unlike against Austria, Israel did not manage a single shot on the opposing goal for 45 minutes. For the team of coach Willi Ruttensteiner there was nothing to be gained even after changing sides. Thomas Delaney (58th) and Andreas Cornelius (92nd) also scored heads in front of euphoric spectators.
France wins thanks to Griezmann doubles
World champions and Group D leaders France found their way back to winning ways after two draws against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine. In Lyon there was a 2-0 home win for the “Bleus” against Finland. The main actors were Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann, who kept the Finnish defense busy. Atletico Madrid’s Griezmann then scored the 1-0 (25th) after teaming up with Real striker Benzema. After the break, Griezmann made it 2-0 (53rd).
Portugal extended their lead in Group A against Serbia. While the Portuguese won 3-0 in Azerbaijan without their suspended superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the Serbs in Ireland had to be content with a 1-1 draw after conceding a late goal.
Netherlands outclassed Turkey
The Netherlands ousted Turkey after a 6-1 victory in a direct duel from first place in Group G. Davy Klaassen scored in Amsterdam after 54 seconds, Barcelona striker Memphis Depay followed up (19th) and scored 3: 0 (38th). Caglar Söyüncü had knocked Klaassen off his feet. The Turkish central defender saw the yellow-red card shortly afterwards after another foul on Depay (44th). Depay finally underlined his top form with his third goal that evening (54th).
Bondscoach Louis van Gaal’s team is now leading the Norwegians with equal points. Thanks to three goals from Erling Haaland, they fulfilled the mandatory task with a 5-1 home win against Gibraltar.
In Group H, Croatia and Russia won in lockstep. The Russians had it easier in the 2-0 win against Malta than the vice world champions, who beat Slovenia 3-0. Marko Livaja (33.), Mario Pasalic (66.) and Nikola Vlasic (94.) scored the goals in Split. With Benjamin Sesko (Salzburg) and Jon Gorenc-Stankovic (Sturm Graz) two Bundesliga legionaries played for the Slovenes.