#WEURO2022 Qualifiers: Belgian Red Flames beaten by Swiss

Switzerland's Alisha Lehmann celebrates after scoring
Switzerland’s Alisha Lehmann celebrates after scoring. (PA Images)

In the UEFA Women’s EURO Qualifying Group Stage games on 22 September, Switzerland replaced Belgium at the top of their table.

GROUP ARussia edge into second

Russia went level on points and goal-difference with second-placed Slovenia following a 3-0 result in Estonia, but ahead on away goals and with a game in hand. Darya Yakovleva’s goal was all that separated the sides until Natalaya Mashina and Nelli Korovkina added one each in the latter stages.

GROUP B – Seven up for Denmark and Italy

Leaders Denmark stormed to an 8-0 victory in Malta, Nadia Nadim and Sanne Troelsgaard with two apiece, Chelsea’s Pernille Harder among the contributors. It was their seventh win in a row and sees them with 41 goals for and none against.

Denmarks Rikke Sevecke L and Hayle Bugejan R of Malta
Denmark’s Rikke Sevecke and Hayle Bugejan of Malta. (PA Images)

Christiana Girelli completed a hat-trick, including two second-half penalties as Italy ran out 5-0 winners away to Bosnia & Herzegovina, extending their perfect record to seven games.

GROUP C – Norway narrow winners over Wales

Norway moved seven points clear of Wales following the top of the table clash. It’s now five wins from five for the Norwegians with an effort from Chelsea’s Guro Reiten  the only difference between the sides.

Belarus scored twice after the interval to win in the Faroe Islands, Anastasiya Shlapakova and Karina Olkhovik on target as they moved within two points of Wales with a game in hand.

GROUP D – Czech Republic leapfrog Poland

Czech Republic took the points in Poland 2-0, Andrea Stašková’s opener added to in the last 20 minutes by Kami Dubcová. It lifted them above the Poles and level on points with leaders Spain, who have a game in hand.

Czech Republic score the opener against Poland. (PA Images)

GROUP F – Top two draw

Iceland and Sweden lost their 100% records as they finished all square at 1-1. Anna Anvegård had the Swedes ahead but Elin Jensen equalised on 62 minutes, leaving Sweden top on goal-difference.

Hungary won 5-0 in Latvia to climb to third, Dóra Zeller and Lilla Turányi each with a double.

GROUP G – High fives for Austria

Austria netted four second-half goals in their 5-0 result away to Kazakhstan. Barbara Dunst claimed a double and the hosts had Yekaterina Babshuk sent off 15 minutes from time, as the Austrians recorded a fifth straight win without conceding a goal.

France struck three times in seven first-half minutes on route to a 7-0 result in North Macedonia, Eugenie le Sommer and Elise de Almeida with a couple each. Les Bleues stay three points off the top with a game in hand, and also without a goal conceded.

GROUP H – Swiss knock Belgium off top spot

Switzerland beat Belgium 2-1 to take the first points off the Red Flames and replace them in pole position. Arsenal’s Malin Gut and West Ham’s Alisha Lehmann getting the Swiss goals before Tessa Wullaert halved the deficit.

Romania defeated Croatia 4-1 to go above them into third spot. A 17th-minute own-goal levelled up the score after Romania fell behind early on.

GROUP I – Germany increase their advantage

Germany extended their lead over Republic of Ireland at the top of the group to five points, with a 3-0 win in Montenegro. Laura Freigang had them ahead after only 3 minutes, Arsenal’s Melanie Leupolz doubling the advantage in first-half stoppage time and Sidney Lohmann completing the scoring, making it six wins on the spin and with another clean sheet.

Ukraine scored four times in the last half-hour or so against Greece, Kateryna Kozlova with the first two as they replaced their visitors in third place.

Wales Women lose narrowly in Norway

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