European Qualifiers: Belgium, Oranje and Portugal impress

Baku, March 31, AZERTAC

Netherlands and Belgium racked up the goals as they won for the second time in their groups while Portugal had to come from behind in Luxembourg to earn their second victory, according to the official website of UEFA.

However, Turkey and Russia lost their perfect records on a dramatic night of European Qualifiers.

A much-changed Belgium eased past Belarus to take control of Group E. Fine goals from Michy Batshuayi, Hans Vanaken, Leandro Trossard and Jéremy Doku had the Red Devils 4-0 up at the interval. Dennis Praet and substitute Christian Benteke then made it six before Trossard and Vanaken completed their doubles late on.

Daniel James' late header from a Gareth Bale cross gave Wales their first points of this Group E campaign after Connor Roberts' red card cancelled out the earlier dismissal of Patrik Schick. Joe Rodon's added-time block on Ondřej Čelůstka was just as crucial for the hosts.

Mitrović has scored 12 goals in 14 World Cup qualifying matches and took his Serbia tally to 41 in Baku. The Fulham frontman took both of his goals really well as Serbia made it seven points from their first three games in the group.

Tuesday's results of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying round matches are as follows:

Group A: Azerbaijan 1-2 Serbia, Luxembourg 1-3 Portugal

Group E: Belgium 8-0 Belarus, Wales 1-0 Czech Republic

Group G: Gibraltar 0-7 Netherlands, Montenegro 0-1 Norway, Turkey 3-3 Latvia

Group H: Croatia 3-0 Malta, Cyprus 1-0 Slovenia, Slovakia 2-1 Russia.

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