Saturday, March 23, 2019
After a nine-month break, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Portugal for the first time. The return clearly fails. All eyes are on this European Championship qualifying evening, but in any case on another: the English Raheem Sterling.
The defending champions of Portugal have begun the return of the superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with a disappointment in the qualifications for the European Championship in 2020. Against the Ukrainian forts, the European champion arrived only at a goalless draw. On the contrary, the world champions France and England. France won 4-1 (3-0) without a Bayern Kingsley Coman striker in Moldova. The British celebrated a 5-0 win against the Czech Republic. Above all Raheem Sterling had a fun evening at Wembley Stadium with three shots and a penalty kick.
The first big scene of the Estadio da Luz took place without the five-time World Player Ronaldo, who played again for Portugal for the first time since the World Cup. After a cross from the right, William Carvalho (17 & # 39;) directed the ball from the far post by six meters on goal. But due to an offside, the advantage was recalled. Six minutes later, the 34-year-old Ronaldo, who joined Juventus after the Real Madrid World Cup, scored his goal number 86. But Ukrainian goalkeeper Andrej Pyatov was able to save on foot. In the second half, the visiting captain prevented the Portuguese from opening the door, pulling a shot from André Silva (57.) from the right side of the area towards the top of the box.
Coman continues to hurt
World champion France, however, needed only twelve minutes in Moldova to decide the game. On the 24th minute, superstar Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring with a full-range volley. Three minutes later, Raphael Varane hits the head of a Griezmann corner. Olivier Giroud arrived 3-0 at 36 & # 39; and celebrated his 34th international goal. He moved to third place in the eternal ranking of the Tricolor Team. The 4-0 scored Kylian Mbappé at the 87th minute before Vladimir Ambros (89) shortened.
Bayern Coman striker had to postpone his return after warming up due to low back pain. The 22-year-old was therefore replaced shortly before the kick-off of Blaise Matuidi. The outside striker has not played in France since November 2017 due to various injuries and therefore lost the world title victory in Russia.
The pound is exceptional
The third World Cup in England took a start at the Wembley stadium to measure. In particular, the towering Raheem Sterling Manchester City has proved accurate. After a half-right presentation of the first led by the start, Dortmund's Jadon Sancho Sterling took the ball 1-0 up in the empty net. After a foul on Sterling in the area, World Cup top scorer Harry Kane (45. + 2) turned the Tre Leoni into a 2-0 lead. The pound rose with a double attack (62/68). The last point was established by Czech defender Tomas Kalas (84) with an own goal. Bundesliga legionaries Jiri Pavlenka, Theodor Gebre Selassie (both Werder Bremen), Pavel Kaderabek (TSG Hoffenheim) and Vladimir Darida (Hertha BSC), who left for the Czech Republic, could not change anything in the 5-0 final.
In Group H, in addition to France, Turkey celebrated the 2-0 (1-0) in Albania and Iceland with a 2-0 (1-0) in Andorra Auftakterfolge. The former Bundesliga professional Hakan Calhanoglu scored for the Turks 2: 0.
Also in Group A of England, Bulgaria and Montenegro drew 1-1 (0-0). In Group B with Portugal, Luxembourg led the group with a 2-1 draw (1-1) against Lithuania. Fedor Cernych's guide (14) transformed Leandro Barreiro Martins (45.) of Vs Mainz 05 and Gerson Rodrigues (55.). The Serbs, who yesterday split 1-1 from Germany in a friendly in Wolfsburg, will begin qualifying for the European Championship on Monday in Portugal. The first two teams in each of the ten groups qualify directly for the pan-European EM 2020.