Two more teams are ready for the World Cup in Qatar

Kylian Mbappé set the tone when France’s world champions on Saturday night secured the possibility of a title defense in Qatar next year by playing Kazakhstan. Belgium also became World Cup-ready.

But it was the striker from Paris Saint-Germain who ran with the headlines when he performed a real hat trick and a goal further in the French’s big victory of 8-0 at home against Kazakhstan.

From the 6th to the 32nd minute of the first half, Mbappé scored three goals without other players appearing on the scoreboard in the same period.

In the second half, the visitors were completely run over. Two goals by Karim Benzema, one by Adrien Rabiot and Antoine Griezmann made it 7-0 before Mbappé finally closed the humiliation with the goal to 8-0. France can no longer be picked up in the group’s first place, which provides direct qualification for the final round in Qatar.

Thus, France joins Germany and Denmark, which as the first European nations were ready for the World Cup. The hosts from Qatar are automatically included, while Brazil from South America is also qualified.

Belgium may also start looking at accommodation options in Qatar in November and December next year. Although several great chances were abused, the 2018 World Cup bronze winners were in control at home against Estonia despite a brief failure of concentration.

Christian Benteke sent the Belgians in front after just over 10 minutes of play, and since Estonia was never close to becoming dangerous, it was only about the size of the victory.

Seven minutes after the break, Yannick Carrasco blasted the ball up the crossbar just outside the box to make it 2-0, but 20 minutes before time, a ball loss by even the same Carrasco led to an Estonian reduction.

The recreated tension was short-lived. Four minutes later, Thorgan Hazard made it 3-1, and then the match was closed.

G for horror

In Group G, on the other hand, a thriller is planned for Tuesday, after the Netherlands on Saturday abused a great opportunity to book a place for next year’s World Cup in Qatar. With a win over Montenegro away, the Dutch wanted to secure access to the final round, but the showdown ended 2-2 after two Montenegrin goals in the last 10 minutes.

Memphis Depay had put the Netherlands ahead 1-0 on a penalty kick and later 2-0, and all indications were that the Dutch would thus secure first place in Group G with a safe distance to Turkey and Norway. It still went wrong for the visitors when first Ilija Vukotic got reduced to 1-2 for the home team with just ten minutes left. Shortly after, Nikola Vujnovic also struck when he made it 2-2 for Montenegro. The two Montenegrin goal scorers had come on the field midway through the second half.

Earlier on Saturday, Norway had fooled themselves at home with 0-0 against Latvia, which immediately seemed to cost the Norwegians the chance to take the direct World Cup ticket.

With the Netherlands’ result in Montenegro, everything is still open when the group game ends on Tuesday, where the Netherlands will be visited by Norway, while Turkey will have a trip to Montenegro.

The Netherlands tops the group with 20 points ahead of Turkey and Norway, who each have 18 points. All three crews can potentially secure first place, and the battle for second place is also open.

Source: – Forsiden by

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