European Championship Qualification: Cristiano Ronaldo injured, France and England win



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European champion Portugal did not win the second game in qualifying for the European Championship. Against Serbia, the team came to Cristiano Ronaldo not above a 1-1 (1-1) away. It was beyond the start of qualification failed, mainly due to the injury of the superstars cause for concern for the selection of Portugal.

After 28 minutes, Rafa Silva sent a free kick over for a bit to Ronaldo. He broke his sprint apparently because of the right thigh pain and showed up directly to have to be replaced. How serious the injury is and if a possible threat of failure was initially unclear. With Juventus Ronaldo is in two weeks and a half in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by Ajax Amsterdam (10 April, TV: Sky, live ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE).


On the side as active as on court: Cristiano Ronaldo recovered in the training zone in the hand game of a player of the Serbs.


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On the side as active as on court: Cristiano Ronaldo recovered in the training zone in the hand game of a player of the Serbs.

While Ronaldo replaced Fernando Santos on the sideline after his replacement, as in the final of the 2016 European Championship, his team were behind in the first half. Ronaldo's opponent in the Champions League, Dusan Tadic of Ajax of Amsterdam, Serbia had taken an early advantage through a converted penalty kick (7 minutes). As in the friendly against Germany last Tuesday, Serbia failed to take the lead over time. Even before the break seemed Danilo Pereira with a dream goal. From 25 meters, the midfielder pulled the ball to the bottom of the bar, from where the ball jumped into the goal (42.).

Despite promising opportunities, Portugal could not avoid a points loss against their opponents. In the qualifying table of Group B, Portugal is in third place, behind Ukraine and Luxembourg.

Montenegro – England 1: 5 (1: 2)


Raheem Sterling (# 7) is pleased to see his captain Harry Kane (9). Sterling had just released 4: 1.


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Raheem Sterling (# 7) is pleased to see his captain Harry Kane (9). Sterling had just released 4: 1.

England has confirmed its strong form. In Podgorica, the Englishman also scored five times in the second qualifying round. Michael Kean (30), Ross Barkley (38 °, 59 °) Harry Kane (72) and Raheem Sterling (81) met for the World Cup. Marko Vesovic previously had brought the outsider in the lead (18).

Although England was the team that started the game in the early stages, Montenegro came to the top with a single action from Vesovic. After Keane's interim clearing, Callum Hudson-Odoi prevailed in his first international game from the start on the left side. His shot to the far corner would have lost the goal, but Barkley diverted the ball into the net.

In the second half, the Montenegrins could no longer accompany the English class. In Group A, England remain the only team to win at least one game – four points ahead of Bulgaria, second placed.

France – Iceland 4: 0 (1: 0)


Otherwise, responsible for goal-scoring, it was central defender Samuel Umtiti (number 5), the center of French jubilation.


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Otherwise, responsible for goal-scoring, it was central defender Samuel Umtiti (number 5), the center of French jubilation.

As well as clearly winning also World Champion France, his home game against Iceland. Samuel Umtiti (12), Olivier Giroud (68) Kylian Mbappé (78) and Antoine Griezmann (84.) scored the blows.

The French dominated the game in the first half. After the header from Umtiti, who headed Mbappé into the right corner, Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Thór Halldórsson countered a high deficit with strong defenses.

Only in the second half was beaten by Halldórsson: at a crossroads of VfB Stuttgart's Benjamin Pavard, the Icelandic goalkeeper flew. Behind him, Giroud brought the ball over the line. The excellent Mbappé and Griezmann had no problems in the final stage alone before Halldórsson decided to play.

The other results:

Luxembourg – Ukraine 1: 2 (1: 1)
Kosovo – Bulgaria 1: 1 (0: 1)
Andorra – Albania 0: 3 (0: 1)
Turkey – Moldova 4: 0 (2: 0)

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