Iceland vs France
European Qualifiers Group H
7:45pm Friday October
As Portugal and France won their European Qualifiers on 20, olivier Giroud and Cristiano Ronaldo were both on target.
Olivier Giroud scored the sole goal from the penalty spot a 1-0 victory was claimed by France in their dip European Qualifier at Iceland.
The Chelsea striker tucked home in Reykjavik in the 66th minute of the Group H conflict later Ari Skulason had kicked Antoine Griezmann.
France had the chances of a tame first half although Griezmann was well off target with a free-kick. Giroud believed France must have had a penalty for handball but nothing had been granted along with the striker was booked for his protests.
When Jon Bodvarsson had a shot deflected at Steve Mandanda along with Birkir Bjarnason headed wide in the corner iceland jeopardized.
The moment didnt come until Skulason billed into the region and kicked in the thigh Griezmann after the summertime when. Giroud confidently dispatched the spot-kick, sending Hannes Halldorsson the incorrect way.
France had chances to create victory more comfortable in the latter stages. Blaise Matuidi struck the pole with a shot at the 78th minute by Kingsley Coman. Wissam Ben Yedder also obtained a sight of goal after playing a one-two with Griezmann however Halldorsson and controlling nicely.
Injury-hit France stay second in Group H behind Turkey after Senol Gunes side beat Albania 1-0, with Cenk Tosun scoring at the 90th minute. Turkey remain top by virtue of their 2-0 win against France in June, using the couple assembly in the European Qualifiers on Monday.
Nations League winners Portugal overlooked a series of opportunities to win by a bigger margin, also eased against Luxembourg at Lisbon.
Best scorer Ronaldo was hoping to receive two strikes to accomplish the milestone of 700 goals at club and international level, however his one aim – the next for Portugal on the night – revealed his class when a defensive blunder enabled the Juventus ahead to race clear and beat goalkeeper Anthony Moris with a delightful lob from the edge of the penalty area.
Moris produced a barrage of good saves to keep the score respectable following Bernardo Silva pounced on a loose ball and steered it to fire at the home side ahead in the 16th minute.
Portugal was retained by poor finishing coupled with the heroics of Moris at bay until Ronaldo netted his global goal to reach the 699 mark at senior level and Goncalo Guedes secured the win with an effort.
Ukraine eased using Ruslan Malinovskiy in Group B, to a victory against Lithuania. It keeps them top of this group, five points when they avoid defeat against Portugal on 35, and Ukraine will be eligible for Euro 2020.
Andorra secured their first win in 56 qualifying games since they beat 10-man Moldova
Going to the game, the minnows had yet to dent or register a point in the present European qualifying campaign but were given an advantage as Radu Ginsari has been shown a second yellow card and sent away in the 55th minute.
Eight minutes later, and Andorra made the breakthrough. As he steered home a corner it was a superb header from Marc Valez.
A England suffered their initial defeat as Czech Republic came from behind to win 2-1 at Prague at European Qualifying Group A.
Amount at 1-1 after a sloppy operation, England were penalized by 30-year-old Czech debutant and replacement Zdenek Ondrasek, who switched low and traumatized by 10 metres to stun Gareth Southgates side (85).
England had taken an early lead during Harry Kanes penalty after Raheem Sterling was triggered (5), but the Czechs responded immediately through Jakub Brabec, turning at the back post after suspect England defending from a corner (9).
Founded in Group A, Montenegro and Bulgaria played a goalless draw out.