The international break was back again yesterday with lots of interesting matches taking place in a bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup which will take place in Qatar.
Some of the fixtures from the World Cup Qualifiers (WCQ) include; Andorra vs England, Poland vs San Marino, Scotland vs Israel, Switzerland vs Northern Ireland, etc. There were also friendly games in the corner as Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal welcomed the World Cup host nation Qatar.
England came out victorious by beating Andorra 5-0 with Ward Prowse scoring from the penalty spot, Scotland came from behind to record a 3-2 win over Israel with Mc Tominay of Manchester United netting the winning goal in the 94th minute.
Northern Ireland was unfortunate not to come out with a point against Switzerland as they witnessed a controversial red card issued to them which condemned them to a 2-0 defeat. Poland hammered San Marino by 5-0 in a one-sided encounter.
There were some key moments from these matches which piqued my interest and are worth mentioning due to their significance amongst their supporters.
1. Saka becomes the second-youngest player after Rooney in 2004 to score back-to-back goals for England.
Bukayo Saka continued his brilliant performance against Tottenham in the North London derby into their world cup qualifiers game against Andorra by scoring an incredible volley to put England two-goal up in the 40th minute.
He scored in the previous meeting against this side and also provided an assist in the game. He did put up a fine performance yesterday for Gareth Southgate's side as they prepare for their next game on Tuesday.
2. Ben Chilwell scored his first international goal for England
Ben Chilwell continued his fine form at Chelsea as he was given a late invitation by Gareth Southgate to feature at the left-back for the boys. He didn't disappoint his manager as he bagged the opener in the 17th minute of the game through a delightful setup from Jadon Sancho. It was his first goal for the team since he started playing for the senior team in
3. Jamal Lewis Controversial Red card
Jamal Lewis was in shock when he was issued a second yellow card by the referee for a delay in thrown in which occurred in the 37th minute of the game. Lewis was issued an early booking in the 23rd minute for dragging a Switzerland player down while he skipped past him.
The second yellow came when his team won a thrown in and while trying to figure out an unmarked player to throw the ball at, the referee saw that as a delaying tactic and showed him a second yellow.
The referee was in disbelief when he found out that he had previously shown him a yellow card, which at that point, there was no how he could revert his decision. The unbelievable thing is that the match was still leveled at 0-0 when the incident occurred.
4. Lukasz Fabianski Retirement
Poland demolished San Marino by 5-0 in the return fixture of their World Cup qualifiers. Fabianski started in between the sticks for the Poland team and in the 57th minutes of the game, he was substituted to mark the end of an era.
Fabianski played his final game for Poland at the age of 36 after making 57 appearances for his country. He was an instrumental figure in the team, known for his heroics at penalty shootouts. It was a memorable night for him as he was in tears while coming off the pitch with the supporters and teammates applauding him.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo's European Record
Cristiano Ronaldo made a return to the starting lineup for his country Portugal after been benched by Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his club 1-1 draws against Everton at Old Trafford.
He paid his manager back in full by netting in the 37th minutes of the game to put the home side in front into halftime. Cristiano Ronaldo's appearance for his country was his 181st, making him the most capped player in history for a European nation which was previously held by Sergio Ramos on 180.
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