World Cup-holders France once again showed reluctance to try to qualify for the 2022 final in Qatar after a 1-1 draw in Ukraine, while Memphis Depp beat the Netherlands on Saturday to beat Montenegro. What
France drew their fifth match in a row as Anthony Marshall scored his first international goal in five years to give Deirdre Deschamps’ side a point in Kiev.
Manchester United forward, who was knocked out of Euro 2020 due to a knee injury, scored his second goal in 29 caps, canceling a brilliant first-half strike by Ukrainian midfielder Mykola Shiprenko.
Les Blues are four points clear in Group D but have played two more games than Finland, which they host in Lyon on Tuesday. Joel Pohjanpalo’s second-half effort gave Finland a 1-0 victory over Kazakhstan.
“We’re probably not in a better position than we were before the match, but it’s not too bad. It’s just another point when obviously our goal was to take all three,” Deschamps told French broadcaster M6.
Ukraine have so far drawn five of their qualifiers, including two matches against France.
Depp beat the Netherlands 4-0 at Montenegro in Eindhoven, leaving Luis van Gaal’s team behind Group G leaders Turkey, who won 3-0 in Gibraltar.
Barcelona star Depa started scoring for Dunch with a penalty and scored one goal in one hour. Captain Giorgione Vijnaldum scored the third and Cody Gakpo scored his first goal for the national team with a terrific curling shot.
“Once the first goal was scored, we played very comfortably and made some great football,” said Van Gaal, who returned for the third spell in charge of the Netherlands.
“Memphis had a great game. He was definitely the man of the match.”
Earling Holland converted a spot kick after scoring in the second game of a 2-0 win over Norway’s Latvia and Mohamed Alonsi was also on target in Oslo.
Both Norway and the Netherlands are one point behind Turkey, which will travel to Amsterdam next week.
“Now we have to win against Turkey on Tuesday,” he added
Marcelo Brozovic’s late goal gave Croatia a 1-0 victory over Slovakia, equaling with Russia in Group H of the 2018 World Cup runners-up.
Russia beat Cyprus 2-0, while Slovenia beat Malta 1-0 at home.
Denmark needed an 85th-minute effort from Jones Wind to beat the Faroe Islands 1-0 and record their fifth win in the most Group F matches.
Erin Zahvi scored his hat trick against Feroze in the middle of the week and scored two more goals to beat Israel 5-2 against Austria.
Scotland moved up to third place behind Austria when the London Dykes’ early strike sealed a 1-0 home win over Moldova.
Alexander Mitrovic hit twice as Serbia beat Luxembourg 4-1 to take a 1-0 lead over Portugal in Group A.
The late Shane Duffy’s equalizer gave the Republic of Ireland a disappointing 1-1 draw at home against Azerbaijan.