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Euro 2016 Qualifiers Recap: Goals and Highlights Friday, November 14, 2014

This weekend several of the Euro 2016 qualifiers were underway from competing teams around the continent and here we have put together the top goals and highlights for you to enjoy.

Serbia 1-3 Denmark at Stadion Partizana, Beograd

Serbia took an early lead with Tosic  finding the back of the net off an assist from Nemanja Gudelj that found its way through the Danish defence inside the box.

Bendtner answered back an hour later with a rifle of a shot fired from outside. Kjær  capitalized on the momentum and finished a cross from the left with a precision header passed the Serbian keeper. Bendtner later found himself behind the defensive line following a free kick, settling the ball off his chest to his feet and tapping it in for the nail in the coffin.

Serbia – Z. Tosic 4′

Denmark – N. Bendtner 60′, S. Kjær 62′, N. Bendtner 85’

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park, Glasgow

Shaun Maloney would fire in the single goal in Glasgow’s Friday game with just 15 minutes to spare. The play came off a corner enacted by Maloney himself, pushing toward the Northern Irish goal with quick one-twos from Anya and Brown until Maloney found a window and curled just inside the far post and out of reach for Forde.

Scotland – S. Maloney 75’

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland at Arena Na?ional?, Bucure?ti

Northern Ireland had a lot to contend with against the Romanian pressure. The latter would work their way up the left until a cross to the inside found the foot of Papp, who would volley into the top right corner for the first goal of the game.

Gaol two came only five minutes later on a deep led through ball that Papp would send in on the left, narrowly missing the post with his head in the same moment.

RomaniaP. Papp 74′, 79′

Portugal 1-0 Armenia at Estádio Do Algarve, São João da Venda

Armenia played a defensive game throughout, stubbornly fending off the Portuguese threat, which enjoyed the majority of possession during match time, until ultimately Ronaldo would drive the game’s only goal into the net off the goal line following a menagerie of short connecting passes and deflections off Armenian keeper Berezovsky and defensive players.

Portugal – Cristiano Ronaldo 72’

Finland 0-1 Hungary at Groupama Arena, Budapest

Gera caught a long-flying through ball and dropped it to his shoulder just inside the 18 year box, set himself up and fired an awkward tumbler into the face of the Finnish keeper who dove too early, the shot passing over his sideways effort and leaving the game with a score of 1-0 in favour of Hungary in the 84th minute.

Hungary – Z. Gera 84′

Greece 0-1 Faroe Islands at Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki, Pireás (Piraeus)

Greece played catch up throughout the match, with the Faroe Islands pushing back advances and deflecting with seeming ease, each Greek shot on goal. In short the Greeks just couldn’t finish against their opponents in blue. Edmundsson  would find an opportunity to finish after connecting in one sweeping arch with a low precision pass from outside the box.

Faroe Islands – J. Edmundsson 61′

Germany 4-0 Gibraltar at Grundig-Stadion, Nürnberg

With two early shots into the back of the net by Muller, Germany may have decimated the Gibraltar team’s morale in the game’s initial 30 minutes. Götze and Kruse’s quick touches resulted in another by minute 38 and an own goal for the Gibraltar side made it clear there was no coming back.

Germany – T. Müller 12′, 29′, M. Götze 38′, Y. Santos 67′ (OG)

Georgia 0-4 Poland at Boris Paichadzis Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi

Poland earned some well-deserved kudos for their spot on performance and tight playing against an understandably shaken Georgia. Goal one came fresh off a corner and was deflected to the spot by Krychowiak via header where Glik was waiting, ready to finish. Krychowiak sank number two off a free kick outside the box where he was waiting just in front of the goal line. Mila made number three for the polish team from just outside the box in a clean-as-can-be finish following a few touch and go’s inside the box. Milik was there to clean up with goal number for when he was left open on the far post following a deflection from the Georgian defence.

Poland – K. Glik 51′, G. Krychowiak 71′, S. Mila 73′, A. Milik 90’+

 

 

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Christian Bright is a professional sports commentator with keen interests in football, tennis and horse racing. His experience in the reporting on professional sports makes him a key asset to OCA’s coverage of athletic events and matches.

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