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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Memphis Depay’s Maiden International Hat-trick Sends Turkey For A Toss

Antoine Griezmann netted a brace in France's 2-0 win over Finland while Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal had it easy against Azerbaijan

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Memphis Depay’s Maiden International Hat-trick Sends Turkey For A Toss
Memphis Depay applauds to fans after the Netherlands beat Turkey in the 2022 World Cup Group G qualifying encounter at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. | AP
FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Memphis Depay’s Maiden International Hat-trick Sends Turkey For A Toss
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2021-09-08T20:40:42+05:30

The way Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema linked up together for France, the injured Kylian Mbappé was hardly missed. Griezmann scored twice and was set up by Benzema both times in a 2-0 win over Finland that put the defending World Cup champions in control of their 2022 World Cup qualifying group. (More Football News)

Also, Euro 2021 semifinalist Denmark extended its perfect start by dominating Israel 5-0, and Memphis Depay and Erling Haaland each had hat-tricks as both the Netherlands and Norway, respectively, won in routs. Denmark has scored 22 goals and conceded none.

With his 39th and 40th goals for France, Griezmann matched Michel Platini for third place on the team’s all-time list behind only Thierry Henry (51 goals) and Olivier Giroud (46). France lead Group D with 12 points, seven points clear of Ukraine and Finland, which has played two games fewer.

Midway through the first half, Griezmann traded passes with Benzema before giving France the lead. The second goal came on a play that was started by Benzema, with an assist from Leo Dubois. The match in Lyon was played in familiar territory for Griezmann, who grew up nearby.

Only the group winners directly qualify for the World Cup. Second-place finishers face a playoff. Meanwhile, Portugal overcame the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo to comfortably defeat Azerbaijan 3-0 and take the Group A lead.

Bernardo Silva, André Silva and Diogo Jota scored a goal each for visiting Portugal with Ronaldo suspended for accumulated cards. Serbia had appeared on course to take the group lead before a late own goal from Nikola Milenkov negated an early score from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in a 1-1 draw at Ireland.

In Group F, Yussuf Poulsen, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Skov Olsen, Thomas Delaney and Andreas Evald Cornelius scored as Denmark made it six wins from six qualifiers. Also, Scotland put itself into playoffs contention with a 1-0 win in Austria following a first-half penalty from Lyndon Dykes, while the Faeroe Islands earned a rare victory by beating visiting Moldova 2-1.

Depay’s hat-trick led the Netherlands to a 6-1 rout of Turkey in Group G, while Haaland also scored three in Norway’s 5-1 win over Gibraltar. The Netherland leads on goal difference ahead of Norway as both teams have 13 points, followed by Turkey (11), Montenegro (8), Latvia (5) and Gibraltar (0).

In Group H, Croatia lead Russia on goal difference as both won. Croatia beat Slovenia 3-0 with goals from Mark Livaja, Mario Pasalic and Nikola Vlasic, while Fedor Smolov and Zelimkhan Bakaev scored in Russia’s 2-0 win over visiting Malta. Also, Slovakia beat Cyprus 2-0.

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