There’s plenty of international football to look forward to on Tuesday, so here’s a selection of games not to be missed from Euro 2024 qualifying, CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, International friendlies and more.
Euro 2024 qualifying
Wales vs Türkiye, Greece vs France, Croatia vs Latvia, Gibraltar vs Netherlands, Romania vs Switzerland, Andorra vs Israel & Kosovo vs Belarus
It is the final night of European Championship qualifying, with 14 teams concluding their campaigns, while one place at next summer’s finals is up for grabs.
This is available in Group D, where Croatia are in pole position, after their 2-0 victory in Latvia on Saturday.
The Blazers will qualify for a sixth successive European Championships should they beat already eliminated Armenia at Stadion Maksimir.
Hoping for a slip-up in Zagreb, Wales will pip Croatia to second spot should they win and last year’s World Cup semi-finalists fail to do so.
The Dragons’ fate is now out of their own hands, after Rob Page’s team could only manage a 1-1 draw in Yerevan over the weekend.
All Wales can do now is win at the Cardiff City Stadium and hope, while visitors Türkiye have already booked their ticket to Germany, with Vincenzo Montella’s team needing a point to cement first place.
Over in Group B, as many could’ve predicted before a ball was kicked, it’s France and Netherlands who have taken the two automatic qualification places.
Les Bleus recorded the biggest-ever win in a Euro qualifier on Saturday night, smashing Gibraltar 14-0 in Nice, becoming the first European side to score 14 in any international for 56 years.
Didier Deschamps’ side are aiming to conclude this campaign with maximum points, as they travel to Agia Sophia Stadium.
Hosts Greece are play-off bound, with Gus Poyet’s team targeting a statement victory, ahead of March’s crucial ties, as they seek to end their decade-long exile from major tournament.
Elsewhere, having been humbled in the French Riviera at the weekend, Gibraltar will be looking to avoid another hammering when they welcome Netherlands to Estádio Algarve.
Oranje made sure of second spot by beating Republic of Ireland in Amsterdam on Saturday and, having scored 16 without reply in their three previous encounters with Gibraltar, an emphatic away win is on the cards.
Last to Group I, where both Romania and Switzerland secured qualification at the weekend, ahead of their meeting against each-other in București.
Having missed out on the 2020 edition, Romania booked their place at next summer’s finals by beating nearest-challengers Israel 2-1, with George Pușcaș and Ianis Hagi the scorers in a comeback win.
Switzerland meantime have now qualified for ten of the last 11 major tournaments, despite only featuring at two of the previous 18.
However, this time, Murat Yakın’s team have rather stumbled over the line, drawing five of nine matches.
Thus, both are still unbeaten in 2023, but the Rossocrociati must win at Arena Națională to leapfrog Romania into first place.
Israel can still qualify for a first major tournament as a UEFA member via the play-offs, seeking to conclude this campaign with a first win in four when they face rock-bottom Andorra at Estadi Nacional.
Lastly, both Kosovo and Belarus have won twice each in 2023, with the former hoping to make home advantage count at Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri.
Wales vs Turkey- BTTS + Croatia to win to nil + France to win & Kylian Mbappé to score + Netherlands to win & over 5.5 goals + Romania vs Switzerland- BTTS + Israel to win + Kosovo to win.
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Euro 2024 qualifying
November 21, 2023
7:45 pm GMT
CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying
Brazil vs Argentina, Paraguay vs Colombia, Uruguay vs Bolivia, Ecuador vs Chile & Peru vs Venezuela
All ten South American nations return to World Cup qualifying action on Tuesday night, after a chaotic and memorable matchday five.
Thursday was the first time sine matchday one of the 2018 qualification cycle, or October 2015 to be exact, that both Brazil and Argentina had tasted defeat on the same night.
The reigning world champions saw their 100% start to this campaign come to an end, beaten 2-0 by rivals Uruguay at La Bombonera, with Ronald Araújo and Darwin Núñez both scoring in Buenos Aires.
La Albiceleste do remain top of the table, but that is far from ideal preparation for Lionel Scaloni’s side ahead of this massive trip to Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil meantime, despite taking a fourth minute lead through Gabriel Martinelli, were beaten 2-1 by Colombia in Barranquilla.
The Seleção have now lost back-to-back World Cup qualifiers for the first time ever, failing to win each of their last three, which is certainly a concern for Fernando Diniz’s team.
Amazingly, Brazil have actually never lost a World Cup qualifier on home soil, with this set to be their 66th, so can Argentina change that fact at the Maracanã?
Each of the last seven meetings between these two have seen at least one team fail to score, so don’t expect a high-scoring thriller.
Away from the big two, having beaten Brazil and Argentina in their last two outings, Marcelo Bielsa’s Uruguay are firm favourites to pick up another three points, welcoming Bolivia to Montevideo.
La Verde haven’t won a World Cup qualifier away from home since 1993 and are unlikely to change that here.
The only unbeaten team is Colombia, albeit los Cafeteros have drawn three out of five so far, but Néstor Lorenzo’s team believe they can increase their points tally in Asunción.
Hosts Paraguay left Santiago with a point last time out, while los Guaraníes are yet to lose at home in this campaign, meaning a draw at Estadio Defensores del Chaco seems the most-likely outcome.
Venezuela are the only CONMEBOL nation to have never qualified for a World Cup but, following a goalless draw with Ecuador, la Vinotinto are fourth, dreaming of making history.
Here, Fernando Batista’s team travel to Lima, where hosts Peru desperately needing their first win of the campaign, currently bottom with just a solitary point to their name.
Lastly, Ecuador welcome Chile to Quito, hoping to make home advantage count, with Félix Sánchez Bas’ side seeking to reaffirm their position above the all-important dotted line.
Brazil vs Argentina- both teams to score NO + Uruguay to win to nil + Ecuador to win + Venezuela to win or draw + Paraguay vs Colombia- under 2.5 goals.
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CONMEBOL World Cup qualification
November 21, 2023
11:00 pm GMT
Republic of Ireland vs New Zealand, Austria vs Germany & Poland vs Latvia
There are three international friendlies taking place in Europe this evening, the pick of which comes from Vienna, where Germany are in desperate need of a victory.
On Saturday night, in only his third game in charge, Julian Nagelsmann suffered his first defeat, with die Mannschaft beaten 3-2 by Türkiye at Olympiastadion.
Overall, next summer’s Euro hosts have won just two of their last nine matches, all friendlies, beating France and USA, but suffering defeats at the hands of Belgium, Poland, Colombia, Japan and now Turkey.
Thus, Austria will believe they can achieve back-to-back victories over their neighbours for the first time since 1931, having prevailing when the pair most-recently met in a friendly five years ago.
Ralf Rangnick’s side concluded qualifying with a 2-0 win in Estonia on Thursday, Konrad Laimer and Philipp Lienhart scoring, with their aim now to reach the Euro quarter-finals for the first time ever next summer.
A team who will not be making the pilgrimage to Germany in June are Republic of Ireland, after they lost six of their eight qualifiers this year, all six of their points earned coming in two victories over Gibraltar.
The Boys in Green have won only nine of their last 43 competitive outings, following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat in Amsterdam, with this likely to be Stephen Kenny’s final game in charge, as he’s out of contract.
Their visitors to Dublin are New Zealand, with the All Whites hoping for better than the 3-1 defeat they endured when they last visited the Emerald Isle in 2019.
Following Friday’s 2-0 defeat in Greece, New Zealand have lost each of their last seven meetings with European teams, their most-recent victory in such a fixture coming against Serbia in May 2010.
Lastly, to Poland, a team who’s European Championship hopes remain up in the air.
The Eagles have endured a frankly disastrous qualification campaign, winning only three of eight matches, hence why Fernando Santos was sacked in September after just six games in charge.
Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Czechia, it was confirmed that Michał Probierz’s team are play-off bound, needing to win two single-elimination ties in March to avoid missing out on a first Euros since 2004.
Before then, they’ll welcome Latvia to Stadion Narodowy for this friendly which, on paper, should be a straight-forward home win, but you can’t be quite sure with Poland right now.
CAF World Cup qualifying
Togo vs Senegal, Tanzania vs Morocco, Comoros vs Ghana, Libya vs Cameroon, Malawi vs Tunisia & more
No fewer than 30 African sides are in World Cup qualification action today and, as we don’t have time to go through every fixture, here’s an selection of the matches featuring teams with a realistic chance of qualifying.
Current AFCON champions Senegal smashed South Sudan 4-0 in Diamniadio on Saturday, Sadio Mané scoring twice, with Aliou Cissé's side strong favourites to win again as they face Togo in Lomé.
This time last year, Morocco were commencing a campaign in Qatar that would take them all the way to the World Cup semi-finals, the first-ever African side to achieve this.
Now, the Atlas Lions’ road to 2026 begins in Dar es Salaam, with Walid Regragui’s team confident of picking up three points against Tanzania.
Cameroon beat Mauritius 3-0 at the weekend, Bryan Mbeumo breaking the deadlock in Douala, so will les Lions Indomptables now prove too strong for Libya in Benghazi?
Ghana required a 96th minute winner from Iñaki Williams to pick up three points against Madagascar on Saturday, meaning the Black Stars will be taking nothing for granted against Comoros at Stade de Moroni.
The last World Cup regular to mention is Tunisia who, having smashed São Tomé and Príncipe 4-0 in Tūnis, should be too strong for Malawi in Lilongwe.
AFC World Cup qualifying
Palestine vs Australia, Syria vs Japan, Jordan vs Saudi Arabia, China PR vs Korea Republic, Uzbekistan vs IR Iran, India vs Qatar & more
Over in Asia, 36 teams are in action today, as matchday two of World Cup qualification takes place.
Japan very much appear to be the continent’s strongest side right now, making it seven victories on the spin by hammering Myanmar on Thursday, with Ayase Ueda bagging a hat-trick in Suita.
Most would expect Hajime Moriyasu’s team to enjoy another victory as they face Syria.
Korea Republic also kicked off with a 5-0 win, swatting aside Singapore in Seoul, with Hwang Hee-chan, Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in amongst the scorers.
Today, the Taegeuk Warrios travel to China for, what should be, a tougher test, but Jürgen Klinsmann’s team are still strong favourites to prevail in Shēnzhèn.
The biggest winners on matchday one were Qatar, hammering Afghanistan 8-1 at Khalifa International Stadium, with Almoez Ali scoring four, all of which came in the first half.
As the Maroons seek to qualify for the World Cup on merit for the first time ever, they travel to India, who were also victorious on Thursday, with the Blue Tigers dreaming of making their World Cup debut in 2026.
Australia also enjoyed an emphatic opening night win, swatting aside Bangladesh 7-0 in Melbourne, while the Socceroos are firm favourites to win again as they take on Palestine.
Over in Group E, IR Iran and Uzbekistan are, by some distance, the strongest sides in that section, making their meeting in Tashkent both vital and tough to call in equal measure.
Lastly, 2034 hosts Saudi Arabia will be aiming to continue their perfect start to this qualification cycle when they face neighbours Jordan at Amman International Stadium.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Thailand, Tajikistan, Korea DPR to win + Australia to win to nil + Japan to win & over 3.5 goals + South Korea & over 2.5 goals + Uzbekistan vs Iran- under 2.5 goals.
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AFC World Cup qualification
November 21, 2023
9:00 am GMT
CONCACAF Nations League/ Copa América play-offs
Mexico vs Honduras & Canada vs Jamaica
After a quite extraordinary night of CONCACAF Nations League action on Friday, what will the second legs of these quarter-final ties provide?
Mexico went into their clash with Honduras as overwhelming favourites to advance, but that is certainly not how it played out at Estadio Nacional Chelato Uclés.
La H, against the odds, ran out 2-0 winners in Tegucigalpa, with Choco Lozano’s sublime goal breaking the deadlock, before Bryan Róchez sealed the victory late on.
This could have huge ramifications, given that the victors of these ties not only qualify for March’s CONCACAF Nations League Finals, but they’ll also rubber stamp a ticket to next summer’s Copa América.
The losers do get a second chance in the Copa play-in games, a single-elimination fixture in March, but for Mexico to run the risk of not making it would be a huge story.
It’s not over yet of course, with Jaime Lozano’s team believing a remontada is possible at Estadio Azteca, although Honduras certainly boast a more than healthy advantage at kick off.
Friday’s other first leg was supposed to take place in Kingston, but was postponed until 10:30am the following morning due to torrential rain caused by a tropical storm.
Once the match did get underway, Jonathan David tapped Canada in front in first half stoppage time, teed-up by Cyle Larin, only for Shamar Nicholson to fire home an equaliser shortly after the interval.
Nevertheless, four minutes from time, Richie Laryea’s cut-back picked out Stephen Eustáquio who slotted home, thereby snatching les Rouges’ first victory in Jamaica since 1988.
Canada are now overwhelming favourites to get through, a result that would see them make their Copa América debut next June, a major boost for a team without a manager and low on morale.
The Reggae Boyz though will not give up without a fight but, baring an unlikely turnaround in Toronto, Heimir Hallgrímsson’s team will have to settle for a place in the play-in games.
England U21 Euros qualifying
England vs Northern Ireland
Lastly, we turn out attention to Goodison Park, where a bumper crowd is expected for England U21′s clash with Northern Ireland.
The Young Lions are reigning European Champions, after beating Spain in July’s final in Batumi, although they haven’t had it all their own way in this qualifying campaign.
Lee Carsley’s team have won three out of four to date, although they were beaten 3-2 by Ukraine in Košice last month, conceding deep into stoppage time.
On Saturday however, they got back to winning ways, swatting aside Serbia 3-0 in Bačka Topola, with James McAtee scoring twice early, before Harvey Elliott sealed the win.
Northern Ireland meantime have never qualified for the U21 European Championship Finals.
33 of UEFA’s current 54 members have made it before, but they’re one of the 21, most of whom are minnows, to have never qualified.
This time round, the Green and White Army have lost three of their four qualifiers, most-recently beaten by Serbia at Mourneview Park in October.
Tommy Wright’s only victory in charge, so far, had come in Azerbaijan three days earlier, with Ciaran McGuckin the only goalscorer at Dalğa Arena.
Nevertheless, anything other than a resounding home win on Merseyside would be a huge surprise.