Monday 11 October 2021
Vice world champion threatens to qualify
Burak Yilmaz launches Kuntz only in the 99th minute
Stefan Koontz’s chances of leading Turkey to the 2022 World Cup are not great. In Latvia, though, his team keeps this up at the last second. Romania takes advantage of Germany’s win, while world champions Croatia relinquish the championship lead.
With Germany’s early qualification for the 2022 World Cup, Stefan Koontz kept a slim chance of participating in the 2022 final in Qatar with his first victory as national football coach. The former German under-21 European champion and his new team won in Group G in Latvia 2:1 (0:0) in the last second. However, Turkey ranks third only after the Netherlands (6-0 against Gibraltar) and Norway (2-0 against Montenegro).
Three days after making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Norway, Koontz was initially fortunate that his team was not held back by Antonis Cernomordigs (7th). Then the Turks took control, but Merih Demiral made an own goal (70th place). Former Bundesliga professional Serdar Dorsun (75) and Burak Yilmaz with penalty kicks (90+9) caused the switch.
For a World Cup ticket, Koontz’s side still have to win twice over Gibraltar and Montenegro in November: Turkey has 15 points, and Norway (17) in playoffs two must lose one of their last matches. The leader of the Netherlands (19) is almost finished.
Meanwhile, Romania put itself on top in the race for the qualifying position in Group X Germany with a 1-0 win (1-0) over direct rival Armenia. The Eastern Europeans play the last two games behind Germany by one point behind North Macedonia and Armenia and can qualify for the knockout matches in order to secure a place in the World Cup on their own.
BVB scored professionally with a clear win for Orange
Alexandru Ionot Mitrita was Romania’s starting player against Armenia, who hosted former world champions Germany in their last group match. Greek top-flight club striker Pauk Thessaloniki scored the important winning goal for the hosts after just 26 minutes.
Unlike Germany, Belgium will have to wait for the World Cup qualifiers in Group E. With Estonia not providing the hoped-for help in shooting for world number one in 0-1 (0-1) against Wales, the Red Devils could still be intercepted by the Welshman by a margin Five points in the final race to win the championship. Collection.
In Group H, the vice world champion threatens Croatia, a colossal match. The Balkans got no more than 2:2 (1:2) against Slovakia and lost the championship lead to Russia, who won with a 2:1 (2:1) victory in Slovenia before meeting their last two matches by a difference of 2. points over the Croats. The duel between the two biggest teams on the last day of the match could be the “final” of a direct ticket to Qatar.
In Orange’s runaway win, Dortmund’s professional Bundesliga player Doniel Mallin was on the top scorer list alongside Memphis Depay “double striker”. For Norway, in place of injured Dortmund exceptional striker Erling Haaland, Mohamed El Younoussi slipped into the role of two-goal match winner.
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