UEFA Nations League/Euro 2020 Qualification


HT :faroe_islands: Faroe Islands 0 :kosovo: Kosovo 1

A fantastic strike from Werder Bremen winger Milot Rashica put Kosovo in front in the opening 10 minutes. Right back Mergim Vojvoda playing the ball into captain Valon Berisha. He had the ball slightly poked away by Rogvi Baldvinsson but when it came to Rashica he hit so sweetly into the top right corner of the net. Atdhe Nuhiu gave problems up front for Kosovo but couldn’t win a clean header. Some nice cultured touches from Edon Zhegrova without there being and end product. Faroe Islands best chance of the half came off a deflected Hallur Hansson cross headed towards goal by Rene Joensen pushed away by Kosovo captain and goalie Samir Ujkani. Kosovo had the majority of possession in the 1st half.

FT :faroe_islands: Faroe Islands 1 :kosovo: Kosovo 1

Faroes Islands equalizing early on in the 2nd half. Nicely worked move to with Hallur Hansson playing wide to Gilli Rólantsson Sørensen whose cross was met by the foot of Rene Joenson to side foot into the net. The game got somewhat scrappy in the 2nd half. Faroe Islands had a good chance late on when high ball in wasn’t dealt with. Klæmint Olsen got a clean shot away but it was stopped by Ujkani. A point each a fair result in the end. Kosovo still in control to win this group and get promoted to League C.


I loved Edon Zhegrova’s cultured touches.


HT :israel: Israel 1 :albania: Albania 0

Israel infront at the break on a dodgy pitch in Be’er Sheva at the break. It was visitors that had the first chance of the game though. Bekim Balaj’s header off a corner saved by Ariel Harush. Less than 2 minutes later Israel took the lead. Harush with the long kick out finding Tomer Hemed who was onside played on byAlbania’s captain Mergim Mavraj. Hemed put the ball straight through the legs of Lazio and Albania goalie Tomas Strakosha. Balaj was by the far the most danger player for Christian Panucci’s side in the opening 45. He had another header saved by Harush on an Egzon Binaku cross. A neat little one two between recent debutant Myrto Uzuni and Rangers man Enos Grezda almost led to a chance but Harush knocked the ball behind for corner before Uzuni could get a shot away. Albania dominating possession at the end of the half but haven’t been able to create enough.

FT :israel: Israel 2 :albania: Albania 0

Albania started the 2nd half the better but faded late on. Substitute Sabien Lilaj with a strike going over. Then Elseid Hysaj had a cross swung to the back post just out of the reach of Balaj. Israel’s first chance came when right back Eli Dasa put one in behind for Dor Peretz who cut back for Munas Dabbur but he was unable to hit the target. Dabbur then had a double chance for Israel. First an effort bent to the far post saved and then Dasa with a cut back into the middle just tipped over. Israel would get that 2nd goal late on when the captain Bibras Natcho took a free kick short to sub Dia Saba. Saba’s effort took a deflection of the post and in. It was going in any way so Saba was given the goal. A late free kick from Ledian Memushaj was punched up in the air and eventually claimed comfortably by Israel goalie Ariel Harush. The win for Israel means they go to the top of the group however Scotland still have 2 games remaining while Israel and Albania only have one left.


Bosnia vs Northern Ireland is imminent.


Will it be a boy or a girl child?


Be very careful with your NI fleg …


The Spanish Johnny Cooper winning his 160 th cap tonight. That is some going to do that for one of the big nations.


3-0 England over Spain and not even half time yet. The Spanish are at 6’s and 7’s!


England gotta be hot favs for WC2022 in Qatar. It’s coming home …


HT :bosnia_herzegovina: Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 Northern Ireland 0

Bosnia the better team in the first half but Norther Ireland have looked dangerous at times. George Saville with a half chance early on put over the bar. Then Miralem Pjanic with a nice ball in behind for Roma star Edin Džeko who chested it down and took it first time but blasted it over. Best chance for Northern Ireland came when left back Jamal Lewis crossed for George Saville who’s effort hit the post. Lewis had a disastrous moment later on when he slipped allowing Edin Visca to pick the ball up inside the box. He squared across for Džeko to finish past Leeds goalie Bailey Peacock-Farrell. It could of been 2 moments later if not for an incorrect offsides call. Pjanic with a free kick lobbed for Džeko who smashed it first time into the net but it was disallowed. One final chance in the 1st Half when another slip in defense eventually allowed Ognjen Vranješ to get a shot away outside the box but it went wide. One very noticeable thing tonight is how time the Norther Irish players have slipped tonight. Happened at least 4 times.

FT :bosnia_herzegovina: Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 Northern Ireland 0

1st chance of of the 2nd half fell to Džeko after a good ball floated in behind from Muhammed Bešić but Džeko had too much time to think about it and hit a week shot to Peacock-Farrell in the end. Elvis Sarić with a chance following up after some neat footwork but his curled effort was saved comfortably. Norther Ireland’s best chance off the 2nd half when Stuart Dallas swung one to the back post for Gavin Whyte where his header was saved by Ibrahim Šehić. Whyte on the rebound should of scored but hit the post. Bosnia got their second after a long free kick by Šehić was headed on in the middle of the field eventually falling to playmaker Pjanić. He played a nice ball over the top controlled well by Džeko who bent his effort to the far corner of the net. A late chance for a goal from Michael O’Neill’s team when a Gavin Whyte cross was sent onto his own post by center back Ervin Zukanović. The win for Bosnia means they only need a point against away at Austria next month to secure promotion to League A.


There is no NI flag :grin:


Oh there sure is …


Report riddled with grammar and spelling errors @Ohm - sloppy. Who are Norther Ireland? Twice! Very disappointed.


This is interesting …

Half-time stats.
Possession: Spain 71%-29% England
Shots: Spain 11-5 England
Corners: Spain 5-0 England
Completed passes: Spain 330-106 England
Goals: Spain 0-3 England


3-1 this is a good game.


Pickford lucky to be still on pitch.


Sorry I’ve only got like 10 minutes to write it


3-2 . Spain had so many chances, Pickford blessed.


The Spanish are a horrible shower. Likes of Busquets and Ramos surround referee at any opportunity. There worse with their clubs. Time for FIFA to clamp down on this.


Ah stato it’s ok if they do against England or against Chelsea man u or city. Otherwise fair comment .