Virgil van Dijk scored a penalty in stoppage time to give the The Netherlands a crucial 1-0 victory Greece to keep their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2024 alive.
After last week’s defeat in Amsterdam to Group B leaders France, who secured their place in the final, the Dutch needed a positive result in the battle for second place. After Wout Weghorst had his penalty saved in the first half, Greece looked to have done enough to remain second in the table.
However, deep into added time, Van Dijk, the Netherlands captain, converted from the spot after a foul on Denzel Dumfries followed by a lengthy VAR review. Guy Poyet, Greece coach, received a red card for his protests at the end of the match. The Netherlands sit second in the table and have a game in hand against Greece, who finish their group campaign at home to France in November.
THE Republic of Irelandwhose hopes of automatic qualification for the final were already in vain, won 4-0 in Gibraltar. Brighton striker Evan Ferguson opened the scoring in the eighth minute, while Celtic’s Mikey Johnston added another before half-time. Matt Doherty and Callum Robinson took a comfortable victory.
In group F, Austria secured their place at Euro 2024 with a 1-0 away win Azerbaijan thanks to a penalty from Marcel Sabitzer in the second half. Austria had Guido Burgstaller sent off late.
Belgium match against Sweden was abandoned at halftime after two people were shot dead in Brussels. The score was then 1-1. Viktor Gyökeres gave Sweden the lead in the 15th minute, but Romelu Lukaku brought Belgium level just after the half-hour mark.
Portugalleader of Group J, won 5-0 away Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice in the first 20 minutes. Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes added a third, with João Cancelo and João Félix also on target before the break.
Slovakia remained in a strong position to secure second place with a 1-0 victory in Luxembourg thanks to David Duris’ goal 13 minutes from time. Iceland beat Liechtenstein 4-0 in Reykjavik, where Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice.