Italy and Netherlands qualify for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

italy qualify for 2023 world cup
Italy celebrate winning their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Qualifying Group. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Italy and the Netherlands both won their final qualifying group games to reach the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Italy booked their finals spot by beating Romania 2-0, to end two points ahead of Switzerland who thrashed Moldova 15-0 with three each for Coumba Sow, Geraldine Reuteler and Riola Xhemaili. The other Group G fixture was won 1-0 by Croatia in Lithuania.

Netherlands won the Group C decider against Iceland, Stefanie van der Gragt scoring deep into added time. Iceland go into the play-offs, while the other game in the group saw Czech Republic sink Belarus 7-0, with Katerina Svitková setting them on their way with a quickfire brace.

Netherlands beat Iceland in a group decider
Netherlands’ Danielle van de Donk and Iceland’s Ingibjorg Siguroardottir. (PIETER STAM DE JONGE/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Bosnia and Herzegovina drew 1-1 in Azerbaijan in their final Group E game to reach their first-ever play-off, two points ahead of Montenegro, who lost 2-0 to Malta.

Belgium made sure of a play-off by defeating Armenia 7-0, with Tessa Wullaert ending top scorer across the groups on 16. Also in Group F, Norway beat Albania 5-0 with three goals from Sophie Haug, while Poland’s Ewa Pajor hit a hat-trick in the 7-0 defeat of Kosovo

Portugal defeated Türkiye 4-0 to reach their first World Cup play-offs. Still in Group H, Germany ran out 8-0 winners in Bulgaria with trebles for Lea Schüller and Laura Freigang, Serbia took the points 2-0 away to Israel.

Spain beat Ukraine 5-0 in Group B, Esther González and Redondo Ferrer contributing first-half braces.

Austria were 10-0 winners against North Macedonia in Group D, Nicole Billa on target three times.

Qualified: Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden

Play-offs round 1: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Scotland, Wales

Bye to play-off round 2: Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland

Wales Women reach World Cup play-offs for first time

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