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League A

Group A1: France 2-1 Germany
France’s second-half turnaround in Saint-Denis means Germany cannot qualify for the Finals. Toni Kroos’ 14th-minute spot kick put the visitors ahead in a re-run of the UEFA EURO 2016 semi-final, but the freshly minted world champions improved immeasurably after the interval. Antoine Griezmann equalised with a header before converting a penalty to cap the comeback with ten minutes remaining.

League B

Group B1: Ukraine 1-0 Czech Republic 
Ukraine sealed promotion as they continued their perfect start thanks to Ruslan Malinovskyi’s first-half strike. The midfielder notched his second goal in as many international appearances with a long-range effort just before the break. The hosts were also indebted to a string of Andriy Pyatov saves, including smart stops from Jakub Jankto, Patrik Schick, David Pavelka and Jaromír Zmrhal.

League C

Group C3: Norway 1-0 Bulgaria
Norway leapfrogged their visitors at the summit on goal difference after securing their seventh consecutive victory at Ullevaal Stadion. Mohamed Elyounoussi gave the Scandinavian side a deserved lead from Omar Elabdellaoui’s cross just after the half hour, and the hosts held firm to avenge their 1-0 defeat in Bulgaria last month.

Group C3: Slovenia 1-1 Cyprus 
Nejc Skubic volleyed in an 83rd-minute equaliser to keep Slovenia’s hopes of avoiding relegation alive in a combative meeting that produced three red cards. The hosts were set for a fourth defeat that would have sealed their fate after Fotis Papoulis’s goal prior to half-time, before Skubic struck against the then ten men. There was still time for further dismissals on either side.

League D

Group D1: Latvia 0-3 Georgia
Georgia sealed promotion and at least a UEFA EURO 2020 play-off with a fourth group win, despite suffering a fifth-minute setback when Latvia’s Andris Vaņins saved Valeri Kazaishvili’s penalty, awarded for handball. Within three minutes, Jaba Kankava’s thunderbolt from distance gave the visitors the lead, and it was 2-0 before the half-hour mark as Valerian Gvilia slotted his shot past Vaņins. Giorgi Chakvetadze jinked his way into the box to make it three in the 61st minute.

Group D1: Kazakhstan 4-0 Andorra
Kazakhstan ended Andorra’s slim promotion hopes with a comfortable win. Yerkebulan Seidakhmet opened the scoring with a back-post header and Bauyrzhan Turysbek extended the lead prior to the interval. Josep Gomes’ 61st-minute own goal put the result beyond doubt, and substitute Roman Murtazayev added a fourth after Andorra forward Jordi Aláez had been dismissed.

Group D4: Armenia 4-0 FYR Macedonia 
FYR Macedonia surrendered their 100% record in the group and ten-match unbeaten run to a rejuvenated Armenia. The visitors contributed to their own downfall with goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski allowing long-range efforts from Marcos Pizzelli and Gevorg Ghazaryan in each half to squirm through his grasp. Yura Movsisyan also swept in a pass from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who added a late fourth. The visitors still top the group, three points clear of Armenia and Gibraltar.

Group D4: Gibraltar 2-1 Liechtenstein 
Having recorded their first competitive win on Saturday, the hosts made it two victories in four days. Two headed goals in six second-half minutes did the damage, George Cabrera cancelling out Dennis Salanovic’s early opener before Joseph Chipolina sealed another famous win for Gibraltar, their third of 201.

UEFA.com

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