Stars of FC Bayern cheer Schützenfest, BVB professionals between joy and sorrow

After a big show by Kylian Mbappé, world champions France can definitely defend their title at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Equipe Tricolore won on the penultimate match day of Group D after a four-pack by the superstar 8: 0 (3: 0) against Kazakhstan and secured the direct ticket for the finals from November 21 to December 18 next year with first place.

Behind the French (15 points), Finland (11) moved up to second place in the play-off with a 3-1 (1-0) win in Bosnia and Herzegovina and kept the chance of their first participation in the finals. Ukraine (9) will have to play in Bosnia on Tuesday. Finland has the toughest possible task against France.

In Paris, Mbappé (6th, 12th, 32nd) produced an early hat trick, hit number four followed in the 87th minute. For the first time, the PSG attacker scored more than two goals in the national shirt in one game. His first three goals were all prepared by FC Bayern players. Lucas Hernández made it 1-0, and Kingsley Coman assisted them 2-0 and 3-0.

Karim Benzema (55./59.) Scored twice after the break and passed David Trezeguet (34) with 35 international goals. Adrien Rabiot (75th) and Antoine Griezmann (84th) also met. The latter overtook Michel Platini in the national team’s “eternal” goalscorer list and took third place with 42 goals behind Thierry Henry (51) and Olivier Giroud (46).

BVB professional puts an end to Belgium

The evening was just as successful for Belgium’s national team, which qualified for the final round of the World Cup for the third time in a row. The World Cup third from 2018 made everything clear on the penultimate match day of Group E with a lackluster 3-1 (1-0) against Estonia and can no longer be displaced from first place, which is the direct ticket for the tournament from November 21 to Means December 18, 2022 in Qatar.

Behind the Red Devils (19 points) Wales (14) have the best chances for the play-off place after a 5-1 (2-0) against Belarus. The Czechs (11) who were not playing on Saturday could overtake Estonia on the final day of the match if Wales lost to Belgium.

Christian Benteke (11th), Yannick Carrasco (53rd) and substitute BVB professional Thorgan Hazard (74th) were successful for the Belgians in Brussels.

Oranje has to tremble again

The Netherlands, on the other hand, have given the World Cup ticket, which they believed to be safe, for the time being. The Elftal, which included BVB professional Donyell Malen in the starting line-up, lost a 2-0 lead in Montenegro on Saturday evening and had to be content with a 2-2 draw. This means the final against Norway on Tuesday (8.45 p.m.), which is only two points behind Oranje with 18 points.

Memphis Depay (26th, penalty kick / 54th) gave the team of Bondscoach Louis van Gaal the lead, but the hosts hit back. Ilija Vukotic (82nd) ​​and Nikola Vujnovic (86th) scored shortly before the end. After nine games, the Dutch are at the top of the table with 20 points, Turkey and Norway are waiting with two points less.


A few hours earlier, pursuers Norway had given the Netherlands the chance to qualify directly through the mistake in a goalless draw against Latvia. Now there is a showdown of the competitors in Rotterdam. Turkey is also making a guest appearance in Montenegro.

Barca striker Memphis Depay scored his ten and eleven goals in the ongoing World Cup qualification. Thus, the FC Barcelona striker is clearly ahead of Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane (England) and Israeli Eran Zahavi (all 8) in the scoring list.


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