France and Portugal raised their tally to six points from two wins in two matches in Group Three of the first level, while Sweden and Croatia remained without points after losing for the second time in a row.
At the “Stade de France” in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of the capital, Paris, the summit between world champion France and its runner-up Croatia ended in a replay of the 2018 World Cup Final, with a replica of the World Cup, with the roosters winning 4-2.
Coach Didier Deschamps, coach of the “roosters”, made seven changes to the squad that played the first match in the competition against Sweden (1-0), while Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe missed the match due to his infection with the new Corona virus.
“We played better, except for the first 30 minutes, when they controlled us physically, and we were not technically accurate,” Deschamps said.
Croatia scored the lead thanks to defender Diane Lovren, who dodged Hernandez and deceived goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with a left-foot shot (17).
And Antoine Griezmann leveled France with a shot from inside the area (43).
Wissam Ben Yedder passed a creeping cross into the area to Anthony Martial, who kicked it, and it rebounded from the post and clashed with goalkeeper Dominic Levakovic and settled in his net (45 + 1).
And striker Bricalo managed to score the equalizing goal for Croatia after a ball in the rear, dribbling and a curled shot (55).
Deschamps’ substitutions were positively reflected and they managed to score the third with the header of young defender Daewoo Obamikano (65).
And he scored the guest net for the fourth time with a penalty kick by Olivier Giroud and successfully hit (77).
Within the same group, the Italian Juventus star Ronaldo led Portugal to a 2-0 win over Sweden in their own home by scoring the two goals.
Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon d’Or five times, raised his goal-scoring goal to 101 goals in 165 matches, entering the closed club for players who reached the threshold of 100.
Ronaldo said, “I am very happy with this victory that allowed us to continue on this path, and of course this achievement, that I scored goals 100 and 101 makes me very happy.”
“I managed to achieve this achievement by reaching 100 goals and now I will strive for the record. I go step by step, I am not obsessed because I believe that records come naturally.”
Iran’s Ali Daei has the international goals record (109), while Ronaldo is second.
The Italian Juventus star missed the first match in which Portugal honored its guest star Croatia 4-1, due to an infection in his right toe.
CRISTIANO RONALDO'S BEAUTIFUL FREE KICK TO SCORE 100TH PORTUGAL GOAL!!!pic.twitter.com/VaKB55qfIR
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Ronaldo made history through his wide door by scoring his 100th goal from a direct free kick from 25 meters (45).
He did not delay in scoring his second goal after a pass from Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix, converting it into a sudden curled shot with his right foot to settle into the net (72).
England came out with a disappointing goalless draw against its host Denmark, while Belgium swept its home country, Iceland, 5-1, in the second round of the second group of the first level.
Belgium topped its group with six points from two matches after its victory in the first confrontation over Denmark on Saturday, while England ranks second with four points after a victory and tied one point against Denmark, while Iceland remained empty-handed.
Coach Gareth Southgate made three changes to the starting line-up that defeated Iceland. Wolverhampton defender Connor Cody and Calvin Phillips gave Leeds United’s rookie this season to the Premier League their first international participation with the first team.
Southgate Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden and Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood have been ruled out because they violated the laws of the new Corona virus health protocol as they did not travel from Iceland to Denmark.
The three Lions did not live up to the required level, as a golden opportunity was provided to snatch a fatal victory for the second match in a row, when Harry Kane snatched the ball after the exit of Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and continued the ball towards the goal, but Zanka, the Turkish player Fenerbahce, saved it in the last seconds (90 + 3) .
In the other match, the Spanish coach of the Belgium national team, Roberto Martinez, preferred to rest his striker Romelu Lukaku, who participated in the main game against Denmark, where Chelsea striker Michi Batshuayi and Manchester City player Kevin De Bruyne, who missed the first meeting of the birth of his daughter, participated.
“It was a great night for us. I’m happy to be back on the field,” said de Brion, “I don’t think my newborn followed the game today.”
Iceland opened the scoring by Holmbert Frijonson, who hit the ball with his left foot from outside the area, and rebounded from a Belgian player to drop the “Loeb” and deceived goalkeeper Quinn Esteles, who replaced Simon Mignolet (11).
However, Belgium, the bronze holder of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, responded quickly, when Dreise Mertens, the Italian star of Napoli, executed a free kick, which was blocked by goalkeeper Ogmondor Christenson to prepare for Axel Vitzel, his follower in the net (15).
Batshuayi gave the ball to the owners of the land after Vetsel, the Borussia Dortmund player, hit a creeping ball from outside the area. The goalkeeper missed it in order to prepare for the Chelsea striker, who followed her into the net (17).
Belgium continued its dominance after the break, and Mertens scored the third goal when De Bruyne penetrated into the area and passed the ball to him before he shot to the left of the goalkeeper below the right corner (50).
It is the 27th official match without a defeat for Belgium at home, as the last loss dates back to the year 2010 when it fell against Germany in the European Cup 2012 qualifiers.
The Belgian national team scored the fourth goal when De Bruyne, who was crowned the best player for the 2019-2020 season in England, awarded by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), passed a wonderful cross-ball to Anderlecht’s Jari Verchaern into the region. Cross to Batshuayi who completed it with a heel at close range (69).
The owners of the land concluded the goals festival when De Bruyne passed a through ball to Jeremy Ducu (18 years), Anderlecht striker on the outskirts of the penalty area, and he moved inside and manipulated the defense before he shot a strong ball into the net, scoring his first goal with the first team in his second participation after entering a substitute In front of Denmark (80).
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