Posted in Euro 2016 France, Goals/Saves I Like, Hat Tricks etc.

Ticket to France: Iceland, Wales and Croatia put on quite the show

I was feeling unwell yesterday, so what better way to occupy my sick self while in bed? Why, football of course! Some pretty good Euro qualifiers were on, so I took the liberty of watching a few.

Kazakhstan v Iceland 0-3

Kazakhstan put in a good and brave shift, but it was not enough to stop Iceland from winning this match. Guojohnsen got the party started in the 20th minute and Kazakhstan broke when Iceland scored their second goal through Bjarnason in the 32nd minute. A brace was in order for Bjarnason when he scored the 3rd in the 91st minute.

Iceland sits pretty in second place with 12 points in Group A while Kazakhstan is in last place with 1 point.

Highlights:

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Israel v Wales 0-3

Clueless Real Madrid boo boys, were you watching this game? Did you see what Bale can do when you put your complete trust and support in him?

Bale was my Man of the Match after setting Ramsey up with the opener and he went on to bag a brace as Wales defeated Israel to go top of Group B in this exciting Euro qualifier. This was Israel’s first defeat of their qualifying campaign.

Highlights:

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Andorra v Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-3

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Edin Dzeko  celebrates a goal with his team mates against Andorra during their Euro 2016 qualifier match in Andorra La...

Why always Dzeko?

Bosnia’s unhealthy habit on being Dzeko dependent continues. Dzeko clocked in his hat trick in the 13th, 49th and 62nd minute respectively, no penalties.

Despite Dzeko’s goals, his team is 5th in Group B with 5 points while Andorra remains last with no points.

Watch Dzeko’s hat trick here:

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Croatia v Norway 5-1

Croatia was clinical in defeating Norway and Ivan Rakitic was my star.

When Brozovic put the Croatians ahead in the 30th minute, they never looked back and ruthlessly put Norway to the sword throughout the match. Perisic played a one-two with Rakitic, who supplied him with a cheeky pass for the 2nd goal in the 54th minute. Olic sank Norway’s hopes in the 65th minute with the 3rd. Norway was awarded a penalty in the 69th minute, but Elyounossi could only hit the bar. Corluka was sent off in the 74th minute, but it didn’t stop a 10-man Croatia from further assaulting the Norwegians.

Tetty struck a fantastic goal in the 81st minute for Norway, but it was soon forgotten when Schildenfeld scored Croatia’s 4th from a tantalizing set piece. Pranjic showed no mercy when he put the game to sleep in the 94th minute.

Ødegaard was mostly anonymous in this match. The coach was brave to start him, but in my opinion, it was not a great decision. He is still developing and shouldn’t have started.

Croatia is at the top of Group H with 13 points while Norway sits in 3rd place with 9 points.

This was my Match of the Day. See highlights here:

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Bulgaria v Italy 2-2

Candreva of Italy challenges Minev and goalkeeper Mihaylov of Bulgaria during their Euro 2016 qualifying soccer match in Sofia

In more Group H action, Italy was on the brink of defeat and Bulgaria on the brink of history, when Eder struck a late goal to rescue Italy’s imminent humiliation.

Italy started the game with urgency and was rewarded with an own goal through Minev. Bulgaria took the helm after that and eventually got the better of the Italians. Popov equalized in the 11th minute and Mitsanski put the hosts 2-1 ahead six minutes later.

Had Bulgaria went on to win this match, it would have been their first competitive win over Italy in 47 years. They held onto the lead for 67 minutes before Eder scored the equalizer and rained on Bulgaria’s parade. The Brazilian-born striker will definitely mark his debut night as an event to remember.

Bulgaria was superb and should have done all in their power to win, but in the end, a draw will suffice for Italy.

Italy is currently 2nd with 11 points. Meanwhile, Bulgaria is 4th with 5 measly points.

Highlights:

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