The first matches in Euro 2020 qualifying are behind us. The beginning of eliminations proceeded as everybody expected, except for one game with a huge surprise.
Kazakhstan and Scotland played the first match and the hosts didn’t give any chance to their rivals and won 3:0. After only 10 minutes it was 2:0 for Kazakhs, who made a big sensation at their home stadium.
In the next games the top national teams haven’t played with themselves, but in almost every match there was a clear favorite. Unexpectedly Croatia, vice champion of the world, conceded a goal against Azerbaijan, but the team was able to reverse the course of events and scored two goals to win the game. On the other hand Benelux countries had no problems with achieving three points. Netherlands won against Belarus 4:0 and Belgium outplayed World Cup quarterfinalists, Russia, 3:1.
Polish fans were interested the most with a match against Austria in Vienna. After Krzysztof Piątek appeared on the pitch, he scored the only goal of the game. It was the first win of Poland national team under Jerzy Brzęczek and achieved on the toughest away game in eliminations.
The other games haven’t ended with a surprise. Cypr crushed San Marino 5:0, Northern Ireland won against Estonia 2:0 and Slovakia won against Hungary with the same result. Northern Macedonia outplayed Latvia 3:1 and achieved the first place in Group G, where Poland also tries to advance to Euro. Lower places in the table have Israel and Slovenia, which drew 1:1.
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