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Halil on target as Brentford's internationals all win on Saturday

Yesterday's international action rounded up

5 September 2021

It was an excellent day of international action on Saturday with all four nations represented by Brentford players registering wins in 2022 World Cup Qualifying.

In Torshàvn, Mathias Jensen and Christian Nørgaard both started as Denmark made it five wins from five in qualifying with a 1-0 victory over Faroe Islands. Mathias was involved in the game’s only goal; it was his free-kick turned in by Jonas Wind for the 85th minute winner. Mathias was replaced with a minute to play while Christian played the full 90 minutes. The outing was Mathias’ 13th for his nation, all of which have come while at Brentford, while Christian was playing for the 11th time since making his debut last September. Five points clear at the top of Group F, Denmark face their nearest challengers, Israel, in Copenhagen on Tuesday night.

It was also a good night for Kristoffer Ajer and Norway as they recorded a 2-0 win over Latvia in Riga to stay third in Group G. Erling Haaland got the 20th minute opener from the penalty spot with Mohamed Elyounoussi making it 2-0 midway through the second-half. Kristoffer played the full 90 minutes to earn his 24th international cap. Norway will look to keep the pressure up at the top of Group G on Tuesday night when they host Gibraltar.

The side top of Group G are Turkey following their 3-0 win over Gibraltar. Halil Dervişoğlu came off the bench at half-time to earn his fifth cap and made an instant impact, converting from close range to open the scoring after 54 minutes. Hakan Çalhanoğlu made it 2-0 11 minutes later with Kenan Karaman adding a late third. The goal was Halil’s second in five outings for his nation. There’s a huge game at the top of the group on Tuesday as Turkey head to Netherlands.

Finland moved into second in Group D thanks to their 1-0 win over Kazakhstan in Helsinki last night. Bayer Leverkusen striker Joel Pohjanpalo got the only goal on the hour as The Finns followed up their opening two draws with a first victory in qualifying. Marcus Forss was an injury-time substitute as he earned his ninth international cap. Finland face group leaders France in Lyon on Tuesday night.


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