Euro 2016 Qualifying Highlights

Selected Matches:

England 4 – 0 Lithuania

Fresh and young looking Three Lions exhibited predatory panache at Wembley where they hammered Lithuania 4-0. England sit at the top of Group E with five wins out of five, while it was Lithuania’s third defeat. Skipper Wayne Rooney was on imperious form, scoring a goal and contributing an assist. Moreover, he was pretty much unlucky as his shot rattled off the woodwork twice in the first half. Rooney unlocked the stalemate within 6 minutes after kick-off with a composed header as the ball rebounded of the Lithuania shot stopper who could not handle Welbeck’s thunderous grounder. Right before the half time whistle, the provider turned finisher with a close range header between a jam-packed penalty box. In the second half, two arch-rivals in the league, linked up with a superb goal, Rooney arrowing the right flank and placing a decent cross into the box where Raheem Sterling made a clean tap-in. The finest moment of the match came in the 71st minute as Harry Kane notched his first senior goal on his first debut which got Wembley erupting with joyous support. The fantasy premier league firm-favourite was at the right place to head in Sterling’s marvelous cross from the left flank. Repeatedly injured, Daniel Sturridge would be sweating more as he has just lost his place to a prolific young finisher.

Spain 1 – 0 Ukraine

The score line was evidently straightforward, both teams were massively combating end-to-end for the winner. The only goal of the match was notched by young forward Alvaro Morato who showed raging body strength plus instinctiveness to cleverly lop the ball over the Ukrainian goalkeeper. Koke deserves credit too for unleashing him with a brilliant one touch pass. In the second half, the visiting team kept on piling shots on the Spanish goal yet legend Iker Casillas repelled everything to seal a clean sheet. It wasn’t the most convincing performance from Vicente del Bosque’s side however it was a crucial victory to keep trail with Group C leaders Slovakia.

Moldova 0 – 2 Sweden

Total of 20 fouls, resulting seven yellow cards and a red card, the match at Zimbru Stadium was downright rampage and rough. The encounter was goalless in the first half despite string of attempts by the visitors. Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is vastly known for variously wondrous goals, opened the score line with style. An awful clearance by the Moldova goalkeeper, generously came towards the head of the PSG forward who only directed the ball into the back of the net. Ilie Cebanu hits the wrong bull’s eye. In the 83rd minute, substitute Forsberg was brought down in the penalty kick and Zlatan stepped up for the spot kick responsibility. The 33-year old lashed the ball into the roof of the net to double the lead for the Swedes. The only sour point for Sweden would be the sending off for Granqvist in the closing stages of the match. The team in yellow sit 2nd in Group G, whereas Moldova remain at the bottom with a single point.

Other Results:

Macedonia 1 – 2 Belarus

Slovakia 3 – 0 Luxembourg

Slovenia 6 – 0 San Marino

Switzerland 3 – 0 Estonia

Liechtenstein 0 – 5 Austria

Montenegro 0 – 0 Russia

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