FIFA World Cup European qualifiers: England held by Hungary in match marred by clashes between fans


The final European zone World Cup qualifiers took place on Tuesday with Hungary holding England to a draw at Wembley arguably the surprise result of the day. Portugal thumped Luxembourg while Sweden and Switzerland all registered wins. Denmark were also victorious and booked their place in Qatar next year. However, the disappointing scenes in the away end in London cast a shadow over the biggest fixture.

UEFA World Cup qualifiers: Tuesday’s scores

Kazakhstan 0, Finland 2
Ukraine 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Kosovo 1, Georgia 2
Lithuania 0, Switzerland 4
Sweden 2, Greece 0
Serbia 3, Azerbaijan 1
Faroe Islands 0, Scotland 1
Israel 2, Moldova 1
Albania 0, Poland 1
England 1, Hungary 1
Denmark 1, Austria 0
Bulgaria 2, Northern Ireland 1
San Marino 0, Andorra 3
Portugal 5, Luxembourg 0

Hungary hold firm

The Magyars took the lead through a Roland Sallai penalty before being pegged back by a John Stones equalizer and while the Three Lions were expected to push on from there and win relatively easily, the Hungarians held on for a point. Albania and Poland still have an advantage in the race to the World Cup, but this keeps Marco Rossi’s men in contention with two games left to play in Group I. England are almost certain to make it but still need to see off the Albanians to be sure.

Fan issues

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Sadly, England’s draw with Hungary made the headlines for the wrong reasons due to clashes between supporters in the away section and the minimal security staff present. Considering the ugly scenes which marred this summer’s Euro final and pending UEFA punishment, it was another black mark. There was also trouble during Albania’s 1-0 loss to Poland with the players withdrawn by referee Clement Turpin after Karol Swiderski scored the only goal of the game.


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