#WEURO2021 Qualifiers: Six in a row for Italy and Netherlands

Netherlands' Sherida Spitse socred two penalties
Sherida Spitse turned the Netherlands game around with two penalties. (Photo: Charlotte Wilson for FA)

Both Italy and Netherlands made it six wins from six in the UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers, Denmark recorded a fifth victory in a row.

GROUP A – Dutch come from behind to win 

Netherlands saw off Slovenia 4-1 after going behind to a Kaja Erzen goal, Sherida Spitse twice converting from the spot and Vivianne Miedema adding a brace of her own. It was a sixth win in a row for the Dutch who lead the table by a dozen points.

GROUP B – Six in a row for Italy

Italy scored four first-half goals in a 5-0 defeat of Malta but had Manuela Giugliano sent off as they made it six straight wins. Denmark have won all their five games after thrashing Georgia 14-0, Stine Larsen and Pernille Harder each with a treble. Bosnia and Herzegovina came from behind to return from Israel 3-1 victors.

GROUP C – Wales held by Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Rachel Furness closely watched by Megan Wynne and Angharad James. (Photo: Will Cheshire)

Northern Ireland gained a second point and Wales stayed unbeaten after a goalless game in Belfast, which leaves the Welsh four points off leaders Norway.

GROUP D – Poland take point against Spain

Poland kicked off their campaign with a goalless home draw against Spain, for whom this was first points dropped. Both sides had two players sent off as Moldova got off the mark on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Azerbaijan, twice scoring from second-half penalties.

GROUP E – Finns last finish

Leaders Finland rescued a point with a last-minute leveller in Portugal. Cláudia Neto’s first-half penalty had the hosts ahead but Linda Sällström denied them the win.

GROUP F – Hungary clinch first win

Hungary’s Fanni Vágó hit the post from the penalty spot and Dora Papp was dismissed but a first win was achieved nonetheless, 4-0 over Latvia. Barbara Bíró denied the visitors a late consolation by saving Karlina Miksone’s spot-kick.

GROUP G – Austria net nine

France sank Serbia 6-0 on Saturday, an Amel Majri hat-trick easing them to back-to-back wins. Austria netted nine against Kazakhstan with Nicole Billa and Julia Hickelsberger-Füller each hitting a hat-trick.

GROUP H – De Caigny dominant

Tine de Caigny scored five times
Five-goal Tine de Caigny. (Photo: The FA via Getty Images)

Tine de Caigny scored five times as Belgium hit Lithuania for six, the other was a calamitous own-goal. Janice Cayman also had cause for celebration by making her 100th appearance for the Red Flames. Switzerland also won for the fourth successive time with a similar scoreline, as Ramona Bachman notched a treble against Romania, who had Maria Ficzay sent off on 65 minutes.

GROUP I – Ireland frustrated by injury-time equaliser

Republic of Ireland were leading for most of the game in Greece but were pegged back at the death.  Amber Barrett got on the end of a Katie McCabe cross to lob Vera Pauw’s side ahead and Diane Caldwell should have hit the target on 41 minutes when she hooked over the bar.

Christina Kokoviadou forced Marie Hourihan into a good save and although Denise O’Sullivan was later denied by Anthi Papakonstantinou from close range, substitute Anastasia Spyiridonidou volleyed in the leveller deep into stoppage-time.

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