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Euro 2020 qualifying: Germany routs Estonia, Belgium knocks off Scotland (video)

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Euro 2020 qualifying wrapped up for the summer on Tuesday, but not before some wild scorelines and impressive results.

Here is a rundown of the top matches:

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Germany 8-0 Estonia

Like Thailand for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Germany had its way on the field against Estonia at the Opel Arena in Mainz, Germany, as Die Manschafft rolled to an 8-0 victory. Estonia’s backline was too easily broken and was too weak to stand up to Germany’s strong attack, which found a way to score from close range time and time again. The match was punctuated with Marco Reus’ terrific free kick in the 37th minute, giving Germany its first five-goal first half since the famous 7-1 over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semifinals. Leroy Sane late put the finishing touches with a quick strike that took Estonia’s goalkeeper Sergei Lepmets by surprise. Sane’s teammate Ilkay Gundogan also scored, along with a brace from former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry and a goal each for Timo Werner and Leon Goretzka. With the win, Germany move three points back (with a game in hand) from Northern Ireland, which has remained unbeaten and holds a perfect 4-0 record so far in qualifying.

Belgium 3-0 Scotland

Romelu Lukaku has had a rough season in the Premier League and multiple reports state he could be leaving, but on Tuesday, he showed everyone what he’s capable of. Lukaku scored a brace, the first on a header just before halftime and the second on a rebound off a save by Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall. Lukaku nearly grabbed a third a few minutes later, flashing a strike on his weaker right foot just wide of goal. An abject Scotland side were constantly under pressure on the road and after many near-misses, Kevin De Bruyne fired a low missile home from outside of the box to put the finishing touches on the game. With the win, Belgium move to the top of Group I with 12 points while Scotland, with their second loss of qualifying, sit in fourth place behind Kazakhstan and Russia.

Here are the rest of the results around Europe on Tuesday:

Belarus 0-1 Northern Ireland

Azerbaijan 1-5 Slovakia

Hungary 1-0 Wales

Albania 2-0 Moldova

Andorra 0-4 France

Iceland 2-1 Turkey

Kazakhstan 4-0 San Marino

Russia 1-0 Cyprus

Greece 2-3 Armenia

Italy 2-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Liechtenstein 0-2 Finland

WATCH: Bosnia and Herzegovina fans litter field with flares

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Bosnia and Herzegovina went from the top of its World Cup qualifying group to needing a win and help to make the playoff.

This, it seems, has not impressed its supporters.

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The traveling BNH fans in Estonia have littered the field with flares during Tuesday’s qualifiers, knowing that even a win would likely mean nothing given Greece holding a two-point advantage and hosting minnows Gibraltar.

BNH drew Greece, lost at Cyprus, beat Gibraltar and fell at home to Belgium after beginning qualifying with a 3-1-1 record.

Angry? Sure, but inexcusable action from its supporters.

Quaresma lighting it up for Portugal against Estonia (Video)

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Estonia was never really expected to beat Portugal, but Ricardo Quaresma and co. ensured that through 45 minutes.

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With Euro 2016 just days away, the Portuguese lead their European opponents 3-0 at the halftime break, with Quaresma notching a goal and an assist, both of which were things of beauty.

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The Bestikas attacker sparked the Portugal onslaught with a spectacular outside-the-boot pass into the path of Cristiano Ronaldo, who headed home for the 1-0 lead in the 36th minute.

Quaresma then doubled the team’s lead three minutes later when the 32-year-old curled his effort over goalkeeper Pavel Londak, leaving Estonia in awe.

Ronaldo then capped off the half with his second goal on the stroke of halftime, as he chipped Londak from inside the penalty area.

You can check out Quaresma’s brilliant finish below:

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Euro 2016 qualifier roundup: Montenegro-Russia match abandoned; Spain edges Ukraine

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With Premier League teams taking the weekend off, international competition, notably Euro 2016 qualifiers, have taken center stage for anyone wanting to catch a game or two over the next couple of days.

The biggest headlines from Saturday centered around Harry Kane’s debut goal for England, which was scored almost immediately following his 72nd-minute substitution en route to a 4-0 defeat of Lithuania.

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After Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit with a flare by fans and tensions had mounted to the point of brawl, the Montenegro-Russia fixture was stopped dead in its tracks and suspended.

Here are the results of Saturday’s action.

Spain 1-0 Ukraine: Spain is no longer the clear best international side in the world, and this slim win over Ukraine ultimately shows us, once again, that Vicente del Bosque’s side is very beatable. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas was forced into making multiple stops in the second half, and La Roja’s defense held on to seal the victory, putting them at second place in Group C’s table, three points ahead of their opponent. The lone goal of the match was netted by 22-year-old Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, one of the more dynamic up-and-coming Spaniards. It was Morata’s first start on his country’s first team.

Moldova 0-2 Sweden: If you were to pick a man on Sweden to convert his opportunities and lead his country to victory, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s name would surface right off the bat. And on the heels of the former Inter striker’s brace, the Swedes successfully battled Moldova to widen the gap between their second-place standing and Russia in third. One of his goals was strikingly odd, while the other was a penalty kick effort with five minutes left before stoppage time. The best chances Moldova could muster were a few initially promising counter-attacks, but Sweden had their opposition’s attack soundly under control for the game’s majority.

England 4-0 Lithuania: England flexed their muscles once again, awarded with their seventh-consecutive victory in a convincing game vs. Lithuania. Rooney begun the scoring with a header in the 6th minute in classic style, and seconds before the half, Danny Welbeck, who has enjoyed an exceptional Euro qualifying campaign so far, found the back of the net by heading in a deflected ball. Sterling added a third when England’s captain fed him with a cross, and Kane headed Sterling’s ball at the far post for the fourth tally of the contest. Roy Hodgson and Co. now have a six point advantage over Slovenia in Group E’s first place.

Switzerland 3-0 Estonia: Another game ended with a considerable range between both teams, as the star power of Xherdan Shaqiri, assisting every Swiss goal, was on full display. Estonia netminder Sergei Pareiko got a hand on Fabian Schar’s header in the 17th minute but couldn’t prevent it from counting as Switzerland’s first goal. Granit Xhaka struck a hard, low shot from outside the penalty area that created the 2-0 scoreline ten minutes later, and then in the 80th minute Haris Seferovic pounced on a loose ball in the box that the Blueshirts failed to clear away. Switzerland, sitting in Group E’s third place with nine points, is now tied with Slovenia.

Other results

Japan 2-0 Tunisia

Slovenia 6-0 San Marino

Slovakia 3-0 Luxembourg

Macedonia FYR 1-2 Belarus

Liechtenstein 0-5 Austria

Montenegro 0-0 Russia (suspended)

Estonia defender goes from the barracks to Euro qualifying and back

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And England’s Raheem Sterling thought he was tired.

Estonia left back Artur Pikk made the switch from one uniform to another on Sunday, leaving his mandatory national military service to suit up for his country against England.

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Then after the game, he gave interviews in his army uniform so as not to miss his curfew at the barracks.

From WhoAteAllThePies.TV:

Pikk, who plays his club football for FC Levadia Tallinn, had played less than one minute of international football for the Estonian national team prior to making his full debut against England, having come on as a 93rd-minute sub in their 2-1 friendly victory over Tajikistan back in June.

The 21-year-old defender was given special leave to represent his country against Roy Hodgson’s mob but was under orders to return to the barracks by midnight – hence football writer Ott Jarvela was able to take the following photo of Pikk giving his post-match interview while dressed in his camo fatigues ready to head back to his army base…

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The pot shots at Sterling are a little ridiculous and overblown, but the comparison is pretty funny considering Pikk’s conundrum. In any event, it’s safe to say Pikk is representing his country on several levels.