Euro 2020 qualifiers: Marco Verratti’s late winner helps Italy pip Bosnia-Herzegovina; France, Germany notch thumping wins

Paris: Italy wanted a late winner from Marco Verratti to defeat a decided Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday, whereas Germany and France piled up the targets in lopsided victories.

Edin Dzeko fired Bosnia in entrance in Turin, however Lorenzo Insigne equalised shortly after half-time and Verratti curled residence on 86 minutes to earn a fourth win in as many makes an attempt for Roberto Mancini’s facet in Group J.

Soccer Football – Euro 2020 Qualifier – Group J – Italy v Bosnia and Herzegovina – Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy – June 11, 2019 Italy’s Marco Verratti celebrates scoring their first aim. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca – RC1378D9B010

“I expected the difficulties, but we showed the strength and the conviction to overturn it,” mentioned Mancini.

“The important thing is that we are first in the group.”

World champions France rebounded from final weekend’s defeat in Turkey with a trouble-free 4-Zero win away to minnows Andorra.

“We reacted well after not playing to our usual level on Saturday against a good Turkey team. It looked easy today and the intensity wasn’t the same but we played really well,” mentioned France coach Didier Deschamps.

He retained simply 4 of those that started Saturday’s 2-Zero loss in Konya, handing first worldwide begins to Kurt Zouma, Clement Lenglet and Leo Dubois.

Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring with a chipped end on 11 minutes, with Wissam Ben Yedder and Florian Thauvin including to their lead within the first half.

Zouma bundled residence a fourth on the hour as France reclaimed high spot in Group H after Iceland beat Turkey 2-1 in Reykjavik to additional bitter the temper within the visiting camp.

Turkish officers had denounced the “disrespect” proven to the group once they arrived in Iceland, sad at being stored ready for a number of hours at passport management on the airport and subjected to in depth safety checks.

Two headers within the first half by centre-back Ragnar Sigurdsson noticed Iceland draw stage on 9 factors with France in addition to Turkey, for whom Dorukhan Tokoz scored a comfort.

Rampant Germany

Germany made mild work of Estonia as Serge Gnabry and Marco Reus fired them to a thundering 8-Zero victory in Mainz.

Gnabry and Reus scored two targets every, with Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Timo Werner and Leroy Sane additionally heading in the right direction, as Germany ran riot to seal a 3rd win from three video games in Group C.

Underdogs Estonia had been helpless in opposition to a vivid younger Germany facet who now seem to have left final yr’s World Cup woes far behind them.

“Opponents like this are not the benchmark for us,” warned Reus. “It was important for us to get into a rhythm and get to know each other better on the pitch, but we have to stay realistic.”

Joachim Low’s group are nonetheless taking part in catch-up to Northern Ireland after Paddy McNair struck 4 minutes from the top in a 1-Zero victory in Belarus.

Belgium prolonged their good begin to Group I with a 3-Zero defeat of Scotland in Brussels.

Romelu Lukaku headed in an Eden Hazard cross on the stroke of half-time and bagged a second early within the second half, with Kevin De Bruyne thumping residence one other on the loss of life.

“This is a good victory and it is nice to be able to score,” mentioned Lukaku. “The team is getting better every time.”

Russia adopted up their 9-Zero trouncing of San Marino with a a lot nervier win over Cyprus that got here courtesy of a single aim by Aleksei Ionov.

Ryan Giggs’s Wales suffered back-to-back losses as Mate Patkai struck 10 minutes from time to earn Hungary a 1-Zero victory in Budapest.

The Hungarians, the one facet to have performed 4 video games in Group E, are high on 9 factors, three away from Slovakia, who had been 5-1 winners in Azerbaijan the place Marek Hamsik scored twice.

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