France top #WEURO2022 qualifying group

France's two-goal Marie Antoinette Katoto
France’s Joie Amel Majri congratulates two-goal Marie-Antoinette Katoto. (PA Images)

France beat Austria to reach the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euros and Spain went top of their qualifying group.

Results for 26/27 November:

GROUP A – Estonia 0-4 Turkey, Russia 3-0 Kosovo

GROUP B – Georgia 0-4 Malta

GROUP C – Norway P-P Faroe Islands, Northern Ireland 3-2 Belarus

GROUP D – Spain 10-0 Moldova

GROUP E – Albania 4-0 Cyprus, Portugal 1-0 Scotland

GROUP F – Slovakia 1-3 Iceland

GROUP G – Kazakhstan 0-3 North Macedonia, France 3-0 Austria

GROUP H – Croatia 1-0 Lithuania

GROUP I – Germany 6-0 Greece

A Wendie Renard opener was followed by a Marie-Antoinette Katoto double, as France clinched top spot in Group G with the first three goals Austria had conceded.

Russia secured the runners-up place for Group A with three goals in the first dozen minutes against Kosovo.

Northern Ireland are one win from a play-off place after edging Belarus 3-2 with an own-goal. Anastasiya Schcherbachenya had cancelled out a Kirsty McGuinness opener and Rachel Furness penalty, before McGuinness’s strike went in off keeper Nataliya Voskobovich.

Spain thrashed Moldova 10-0 to ensure a top-two finish and will qualify if they avoid defeat by Poland on Tuesday. A late penalty sealed Jennifer Hermoso’s hat-trick.

Spain hit double-figures
Spain’s Nahikari Garcia goes down under a challenge from a Moldova defender. (PA Images)

Portugal defeated Scotland with a 69th-minute Ana Borges goal, putting them level on points with group leaders Finland.

Iceland trail Group F leaders Sweden by three points and a large margin in goal-difference but their 3-1 win in Slovakia made sure of at least second spot. They had been losing until the game changed with three goals in 16 second-half minutes. Berglind Thorvaldsdóttir’s leveller was followed by a brace of penalties from Sara Bjork Gunnarsdóttir.

Laura Freigang hit a 24-minute first-half hat-trick as Group I winners Germany put six past Greece.

Northern Ireland one win from #WEURO2022 qualifying play-off place

Upcoming Events

Would you like to read more women’s football news just like this? Sign up to receive the She Kicks Women’s Football newsletter