December 1, 2021

Five European teams joined Germany, Denmark in World Cup 2022

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In the latest European leg of the World Cup 2022 qualifiers, five national teams have secured their place in the competition, joining Germany and Denmark in Qatar.  Reigning champions France qualified for the tournament by topping Group D as well as Belgium, who topped Group D, while Spain and Croatia also sealed their place followed by Serbia who beat Portugal to qualify. 

Four-time World Cup winners Germany were the first team to secure a spot and joined auto-qualified hosts Qatar in the tournament before Denmark booked their place a day later. Meanwhile, Brazil became the first South American team and the fourth nation to book their place in the tournament. One of the best online gambling sites is in your reach! Follow us for more live football predictions and odds.

In the resumption of the qualifying matches, current holders France became the latest to book their place as well as defend their title, thrashing Kazakhstan 8-0 at home to finish on top of Group D table with 15 points, four ahead of second-placed Finland. Kylian Mbappe scored four goals in this demolition, including the opening goal six minutes into the match. Benzema, Rabiot and Griezmann also scored. 

In Group E, FIFA’s top-ranked side Belgium also secured a spot in next year’s finals, beating Estonia 3-1 to keep their unbeaten qualifying run. With just one game left, the Belgians are on top of the Group E table with 19 points, five points above Wales, who they visit in the final qualifying match this week. Wales secured a place at least in the play-offs, moving up to second place after winning against Belarus 5-1. 

Meanwhile, Alvaro Morata’s late goal helped Spain book their place in the 2022 World Cup, ending Sweden’s qualifying campaign following 1-0 victory. The 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia also clinched an automatic berth in next year’s finals from the Group D qualifier, with Fedor Kudryashov’s own goal that gifted them a 1-0 home win over Russia.

In the most dramatic game of the latest matchday, Serbia ended Portugal’s hopes to automatically qualify in the tournament following a late goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic that secured them the spot in the finals next year, leaving Portugal a playoff place instead. Serbia’s 2-1 victory in Lisbon means Portugal, who only need a point from a draw, finished second in Group A.

Italy’s World Cup qualification is on the line after the match against second placed Switzerland ended in a draw, while Harry Kane’s hat-trick secured England a top-two finish or at least a spot in the play-offs of the competition. A win against San Marino tomorrow will seal the spot for them as they remain on top of the Group I table. 

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