Steven Berghuis and Luuk de Jong scored both sides of the half as the Netherlands got their World Cup qualifiers back on track with a 2-0 home win against brave Latvia on Saturday.

The Dutch were looking for a strong reaction after a heavy 4-2 loss to Turkey in Istanbul on Wednesday at the start of their Group G campaign.

Despite a violent rush after kick-off – the Dutch had eleven attempts to score in the first 25 minutes – it took until after half an hour for Berghuis, who had waited for his first international goal until his 23rd international match, to shoot home from the edge of the Area.

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Steven Berghuis celebrates breaking the dead end for the Netherlands

Latvia defended heroically for most of the game, except in the 69th minute when De Jong went home in the second minute.

The game was played in front of 5,000 spectators in the Amsterdam Arena as part of a government-sponsored study of the extent of contact in crowd situations.

Meanwhile, Ozan Tufan scored two excellent goals as Turkey Cruise to a comfortable 3-0 victory Norwaywho sent substitute Kristian Thorstvedt off the field late in Saturday’s Group G qualifier.

The Norwegians played their home game in Malaga due to coronavirus restrictions in Oslo and protested the World Cup in Qatar for the second time in four days by wearing t-shirts demanding respect for human rights.







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Highlights of Norway against Turkey from FIFA World Cup Qualification Group G.

The players also held up their left hands, mirroring the international human rights logo.

They fell back quickly as Yusuf Yazici sliced ‚Äč‚Äčopen their defense on the left and set a low cross to allow the late-arriving Tufan to shoot home in the fourth minute.

Alexander Sorloth could have kept his side level on the 26th minute, but his powerful shot shot back from the post and it was a costly miss when Caglar Soyuncu was not marked for home two minutes later.

Sorloth and Erling Haaland narrowly missed an early corner in the second half, but their night effectively ended when Tufan scored Turkey’s third goal with a glorious curling shot that made it 3-0 at the far post just before the hour flew in.

Haaland had the ball in the net shortly thereafter but his attempt was disqualified for offside and Turkey held a comfortable Group G win after two games with six points ahead of Montenegro due to the goal difference. The Netherlands, who beat Latvia 2-0, are in third place with three points and Norway in fourth place with goal difference.

Elsewhere, Croatia After a header from Mario Pasalic scored a laborious 1-0 home win in the first half, the qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup was back in full swing Cyprus in group H on Saturday with captain Luka Modric, who celebrates a 135th international record.

Modric broke former Croatian defender Darijo Srna’s record and showed a hard-working performance at Rujevica Stadium when Croatia had to work hard for their win.

The result left the Croatians with three points after their 1-0 defeat in Slovenia from two games, while Cyprus scored one point after a 0-0 draw with Slovakia. Russia lead the group by six points after beating Slovenia 2-1 on the previous Saturday.

Croatia, the 2018 World Cup runners-up, besieged the Cypriots from the start but was limited to a flood of crosses and several half-chances before Pasalic broke the impasse in the 40th minute.

Mitrovic sets a record when Serbia draws

Aleksandar Mitrovic cut the deficit in half 40 seconds after the restart
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Aleksandar Mitrovic cut the deficit in half 40 seconds after the restart

Serbia Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic became his country’s top scorer with 39 goals from 63 internationals after scoring in the 2-2 draw Portugal in an exciting World Cup qualifier for Group A 2022 on Saturday.

The Serbs fought back from two goals to secure some of the loot when Fulham striker Mitrovic pulled one back in the 46th minute and Filip Kostic equalized after a double from Diogo Jota Portugal in the first half with 2: 0 had taken the lead.

Liverpool striker Jota gave the European champions an 11th-minute header from a brilliant assistant to Bernardo Silva and added another in the 36th minute when he threw Cedric Soares’s cross home from the right .

Diogo Jota celebrates the first of his goals for Portugal against Serbia
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Diogo Jota celebrates the first of his goals for Portugal against Serbia

But Serbia roared back at Rajko Mitic Stadium and substitute halftime player Nemanja Radonjic, who scored both goals, toasted his markers after the break and also saved Portuguese goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic was sent off in stoppage time after being shown a red card for a reckless challenge against an opponent and Cristiano Ronaldo refused a seemingly good goal seconds later.

Ronaldo defeated Serbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic to a long ball and kicked it with his side foot towards the goal just for Stefan Mitrovic to clear it. However, the reruns on television indicated that he had crossed the finish line.



Serbia versus Portugal



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Highlights of Serbia versus Portugal from FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group A.

The result left both sides with four points after two games, as Serbia beat Ireland 3-2 at home in Wednesday’s opening game, while Portugal beat Azerbaijan 1-0.

The result was also a bittersweet milestone for Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos, who in his 33-year career in dugout canoe reached a rare milestone of 1,000 games as head coach at club and international level.



Ronaldo rages over what is inadmissible



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Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off and threw the armband on the ground after the referee refused to allow his winner in extra time against Serbia.

Belgium defends itself against Prague



Czech Republic versus Belgium



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Highlights of the Czech Republic against Belgium from European Qualifying Group E of the FIFA World Cup

Romelu Lukaku celebrates with Timothy Castagne after equalizing
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Romelu Lukaku celebrates with Timothy Castagne after equalizing

Romelu Lukaku’s goal in the second half helped Belgium a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic in an entertaining World Cup qualifier where both sides were rejected by woodwork several times.

Lukas Provod gave the home team the lead with his first international goal shortly after the break when he picked up the ball in space and sent a long-range right-footed shot past Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

But Lukaku equalized in the 60th minute when he turned defender Ondrej Celustka and steered a shot from the goalkeeper’s right leg into the net.

Both sides continued their attack in search of a winner, with Kevin De Bruyne’s shot striking the wood from the edge of the box in the 70th minute and Czech defender Jan Boril doing the same in the 84th minute.