There was game time over the past couple of days for some of our Under-21 internationals as lots of nations continued their search for points to qualify for the European Championships in Georgia and Romania in 2023.
Jan Žambůrek played 90 minutes for Czech Republic in their 1-1 draw away against Slovenia. Jan’s side were reduced to 10 men on 30 minutes after Adam Karabec received a second yellow card and was sent off. Slovenia then took the lead on 32 minutes, but credit to The Czechs as they continued to battle and got themselves level through Tomáš Čvančara just before the hour mark. The side then held out for a 1-1 draw as they sit top of their group on 13 points, three ahead of second place England.
Mads Bidstrup was an 85th minute substitute for Denmark as he helped the side to close out the game as they beat Turkey 2-1 away from home. The Danes netted both goals inside 21 minutes with the first coming courtesy of a penalty from Jesper Lindstrøm. The second came from Mohamed Daramy in what was a bright start for the side. Turkey pulled a goal back in the second period but were unable to draw level as The Danes claimed the points. Denmark are second in the group, currently nine points behind top side Belgium, though The Danes do have two games in hand on The Belgians.
As for Belgium, they beat Aaron Pressley’s Scotland 2-0 away from home. The B Team forward, who is on loan with AFC Wimbledon, was an unused substitute in Dundee as Belgium went ahead shortly before half-time as Loïs Openda netted from the spot before Nicolas Raskin added one of his own to confirm the points when he found the net three minutes from time. It leaves Scotland third in their group on four points- five off of Denmark in second.
Wales were unable to build on their 7-0 win over Gibraltar last time out as they were beaten 1-0 by Switzerland on home soil. Felix Mambimbi got the game’s only goal at Rodney Parade on 53 minutes. Joe Adams started the game and played 76 minutes whilst Nathan Shepperd was an unused substitute. Wales are now fourth in their group on seven points and they sit six points off The Netherlands who are second whilst Switzerland are top of the group on 16 points.
Jaakko Oksanen was an unused substitute in Finland's 1-0 win over Estonia on Monday evening. It was a game which was won on 31 minutes through Eetu Mömmö as the side bounced back from a defeat a few days before against Norway. They are now fourth in the group on ten points but they have played one game less than Austria who sit just two points above them.