It took awhile however the Netherlands eased to 7-0 victory over Gibraltar as group chief Turkey might solely draw 3-3 with Latvia in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.
The Netherlands are second in Group G, some extent behind Turkey. Norway beat Montenegro 1-0 within the group’s different match.
Gibraltar, ranked 195th on the earth, stored the Netherlands largely at bay earlier than the break however collapsed spectacularly in 10 second half minutes on the bogus turf of Victoria Stadium.
The Dutch had 19 pictures earlier than the break however solely certainly one of them beat the packed Gibraltar protection and goalkeeper Dayle Coleing, who made a sequence of saves together with one with his face from a Memphis Depay volley.
Steven Berghuis lastly broke the impasse within the forty second minute when a ball bounced fortuitously to his toes and he swept a first-time shot previous Coleing.
The Gibraltar wall crumbled after the break because the Dutch scored 4 occasions in 10 minutes instantly after Daley Blind had been carried off the sphere on a stretcher with an ankle damage.
Luuk de Jong began the barrage with his third aim in as many Group G qualifiers earlier than Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and Donyell Malen — on as an alternative to Blind — scored in fast succession. Gibraltar then annoyed the Dutch for 20 minutes till substitute Donny van de Beek made it 6-0 and Depay scored his second.
“You are a bit disappointed because you missed a lot of good chances, but I think 7-0 is a good result,” Wijnaldum stated.
In Istanbul, Turkey went up 2-0 in simply over half an hour because of targets from Kenan Karaman and Hakan Calhanoglu earlier than Roberts Savalnieks pulled a aim again for Latvia. Burak Yilmaz restored Turkey’s two-goal lead from the penalty spot earlier than Roberts Uldrikis and Davis Ikaunieks scored for Latvia.
In Podgorica, Alexander Sorloth scored the one aim as Norway beat Montenegro 1-0.
Slovakia beat Russia, Croatia win
Robert Mak arrange a aim after which scored the winner as Slovakia edged Russia 2-1 on Tuesday, ending the Russians’ profitable begin to World Cup qualifying.
Slovakia took the lead with Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar’s towering header when he was left unmarked to satisfy Mak’s nook within the thirty eighth.
Russia dominated possession and eventually leveled when Mario Fernandes knocked in a rebound within the 71st when goalkeeper Dusan Kuciak might solely feebly kick away a deflected shot from Daler Kuzyaev.
It took simply three minutes for Slovakia to retake the lead, although. Mak picked up the ball on the left aspect of the penalty space and moved again and proper, evading three defenders, to line up a low right-footed shot previous keeper Anton Shunin.
Croatia is stage on six factors with Russia on the high of Group H after it continued a hesitant restoration from its opening loss to Slovenia, beating Malta 3-0.
Slovakia was in peril of drifting out of World Cup competition after disappointing attracts with Cyprus and Malta, however as a substitute stormed again into the race. Slovakia is now in third with 5 factors, one behind the leaders.
CROATIA WIN AGAIN
Croatia acquired its second win, nevertheless it was arduous work. It took till the 62nd minute for the 2018 World Cup runners-up to take the lead in opposition to Malta. Two substitutes mixed for the aim as Ivan Perisic scored off a go from Borna Barisic, shortly after that they had each come on.
Luka Modric prolonged the lead from the penalty spot and striker Josip Brekalo added a 3rd late on. All six of Croatia’s factors have come in opposition to the 2 lowest-ranked groups within the group following a 1-0 win over Cyprus on Saturday.
Slovenia’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup seemed vivid after beating Croatia final week however now are fading quick after a shock 1-0 loss to Cyprus on Tuesday.
Cyprus scored in opposition to the run of play within the forty second minute when Ioannis Pittas collected the ball on the sting of the penalty space after a throw-in and beat a defender earlier than taking pictures low previous goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Cyprus defended deep and held on for under its second win in 14 video games.
Slovenia began its marketing campaign with an upset win over 2018 World Cup runner-up Croatia final week however then misplaced 2-1 to Russia. It had been attempting to regain momentum in opposition to Cyprus.
Coach Matjaz Kek led Slovenia to the World Cup for the primary and solely time in 2010 and returned to the staff in 2018. He has overseen a resurgence together with promotion to the second tier of the Nations League final yr.