UEFA World Cup qualifying: Portugal blanked by Swiss; Sneijder saves Holland

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The end of play Tuesday finds every UEFA World Cup qualifying participant with a match in the books.

France will be smarting after failing to manufacture a goal in Belarus, while Belgium and Greece will be pleased to have opened their tournaments with stable performances and expected wins.

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Liam Walker scored the first WCQ goal in Gibraltar history in the loss to Greece.

As for the rest…

Switzerland 2-0 Portugal

No Cristiano Ronaldo was a problem for the visitors, who saw young and old put balls in their goal. Promising 18-year-old star Breel Embolo nabbed his second senior goal, and Admir Mehmedi added one in the 30th minute to give the Swiss all the goals they’d need to pick up three points.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka picked up a needless second yellow in the third minute of stoppage time and will miss Switzerland’s next qualifier.

Sweden 1-1 Netherlands

Did Wesley Sneijder just save Danny Blind’s job? After Marcus Berg capitalized on a horrible Dutch giveaway before halftime, the embattled Dutch manager wouldn’t have loved his chances of snatching a result in Solna, but Sneijder appeared out of nowhere to slot a Kevin Strootman rebound home and level things with 23 minutes to play.

Bosnia & Herzegovina 5-0 Estonia

Saying, “Take a bow” is a tad overused in soccer. But this is an extremely justified take a bow for Haris Medunjanin. Picked out by Miralem Pjanic on a corner kick, Medunjanin just smokes a first touch home from 20-plus yards away to salt away the result. Ibišević Vedad had a goal and an assist, Emir Spahic scored two, and Edin Dzeko converted a penalty in the win.

Bulgaria 4-3 Luxembourg

Thrills nearly by the minute, as the match was never more than a goal to the good for either side. The hosts led 1-0 at halftime before both sides combined for three goals in five second-half minutes to put 2-2 on the scoreboard.

Ivelin Popov made it 3-2 for Belarus with 11 minutes to spare, but both teams scored in stoppage time to put all three points in Bulgaria’s camp. Aleksandar Tonev posted the winner on a night the Vasil Levski crowd is unlikely to forget.

Elsewhere
Belarus 0-0 France
Faroe Islands 0-0 Hungary
Cyprus 0-3 Belgium
Andorra 0-1 Latvia
Gibraltar 1-4 Greece
Albania 2-1 Macedonia