FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers, matchday: Netherlands hope to rebound after loss, Portugal go to Serbia

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers, matchday: Netherlands hope to rebound after loss, Portugal go to Serbia

The Netherlands look to get their marketing campaign again on observe in opposition to Latvia after slumping to a 4-2 defeat to Turkey of their first Group G match.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers, matchday: Netherlands hope to rebound after loss, Portugal visit Serbia

Netherlands received their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying marketing campaign underway with a shock defeat to Turkey. AP

A have a look at what’s taking place in 2022 World Cup qualifying in Europe on Saturday:

GROUP A

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal go to Serbia in search of a second straight victory to start out qualification. Coach Fernando Santos shall be hoping for some improved ending from his Portugal facet in Belgrade after they wanted an personal objective by an Azerbaijan defender to eke out a 1-0 win of their opening qualifying match.

Ronaldo shall be wanting to pursue his subsequent milestone. He’s seven targets from Iran striker Ali Daei’s document of 109 targets scored for a nationwide group.

Serbia additionally received off to a great begin this week when Aleksandar Mitrovic got here off the bench to attain two targets in a 3-2 comeback victory over Eire.

Eire shall be trying to get their first win in tenth match below coach Stephen Kenny once they host Luxembourg.

GROUP E

High-ranked Belgium journey to Czech Republic with out a number of gamers on account of COVID-19 restrictions. After Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Meunier and Thorgan Hazard weren’t authorised to make the journey to Prague below present guidelines imposed by Germany, the Belgian federation introduced Friday that Thomas Vermaelen was additionally dominated out “on account of quarantine guidelines” and returned to Japan. Yannick Carrasco additionally stayed in Belgium to nurse an ankle and get match for Tuesday’s recreation in opposition to Belarus. Hazard scored from Meunier’s help midweek in Belgium’s opening 3-1 win in opposition to Wales.

Trying to e book a spot on the World Cup for the primary time since 2006, the Czech Republic may even attempt to safe again to again wins after beginning their marketing campaign with an emphatic 6-2 victory at Estonia, who’re up in opposition to Belarus within the group’s different recreation.

GROUP G

The Netherlands look to get their marketing campaign again on observe in opposition to Latvia after slumping to a 4-2 defeat to Turkey of their first Group G match.

“We wish to see a greater Netherlands group,” stated coach Frank de Boer. “We’ll see tomorrow if there are modifications.”

Regardless of a nationwide lockdown, the Netherlands shall be cheered on by 5,000 followers on the Johan Cruyff Enviornment in Amsterdam as a part of a government-approved experiment to guage the way to safely reopen public venues amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Norway host Turkey in a match between the highest two within the group after the primary match, whereas Montenegro host Gibraltar in a day match in Podgorica.

GROUP H

The early entrance runners meet as Russia host Slovenia in entrance of doubtless greater than 10,000 followers who’re permitted into the stadium in Sochi. It’s the first assembly between the groups since Slovenia beat Russia within the playoffs to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

And Slovenia are off to sturdy begin in qualifying for Qatar after beating 2018 runner-up Croatia within the opening spherical when Russia received at Malta.

Croatia subsequent play Cyprus, who have been held to a 0-0 by Slovakia.

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