Let’s get Qualified9th Jun 2017 |
This week saw a large number of qualifiers going ahead for both the FIFA World Cup and the under 21s European Championship. Throughout the midweek there was a large number of ongoing International friendlies with teams gearing up for the FIFA qualifiers at the end of the week. The women were also in the mix with some International friendlies of their own.
Some International News
The majority of the week offered up a plethora of International friendlies with a massive twenty one games. Some of the much lesser known countries jumped in to get involved in the fun. From Montenegro’s 1 – 2 loss to Iran there was the Netherlands annihilation of Ivory Coast at 5 – nil. Later Uruguay and Republic of Ireland faced off in a tense game culminating in a 3 – 1 win for Ireland. This was a warm up for Ireland in the lead up to their qualifier against Austria at the weekend and proved that they might just have what it takes.
Other friendlies included a nil all draw for Macedonia against Turkey, a sound beating (3 – 0) for Hungary at the hands of the Russians and an unsurprising draw between Denmark and Germany, each scoring just a single goal. Japan and Syria, Finland and Liechtenstein also ended their games on a goal apiece. Other teams turned on the heat with China destroying the Philippines in an 8 – 1 victory and Georgia beat St. Kitts and Nevis 3 – nil.
The Under 21s
The UEFA Championship for the under 21s kicked off their qualifying rounds with Belarus beating San Marino in a 1- nil victory. There were three more games playing out this Thursday and these came with mixed results. Northern Ireland beat Estonia well in a 2 – 1 victory. This is a great start for Ireland’s Under 21s who have never seen success in this tournament. They still have some hard games ahead and will face Iceland, Slovakia, Albania and Spain later on in their group. Lithuania emphatically defeated an underwhelming Faroe islands at 3 – 0 and Austria defeated Gibraltar in similar fashion.
What’s happening at the weekend?
Friday evening sees the start of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying rounds starting with the European region. The weekend sees this continue on with England playing Scotland, Northern Ireland against Azerbaijan, Wales versus Serbia and the previously mentioned Republic of Ireland up against Austria. Keep tuned to keep abreast of the action and see who makes it through.