After the World Cup in Brazil this summer, international football is back as new qualifications for Euro 2016 have started, and already first matches brough some surprises.
In the first Sunday qualification matches for EURO 2016, Denmark,the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Romania, Poland, Finland and the current World Champion Germany have sealed first three points.
The group I was in Copenhagen, Denmark beat Armenia with 2: 1 and that after the Armenians took with goal by Henrikh Mkhitarjana (49).
The Danes were able to bounce back after Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s opener and with goals of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Thomas Kahlenberg (80) enrolled their first victory in the group “I” . In the same group Albania with a 1-0 (away) shocked Portugal who were without the first star, Cristiano Ronaldo.
In group D Germans struggled against Scotland and celebrated with a 2-1 win. Both goals for “Elf” has scored Thomas Mueller (18, 70). The Scots fought bravely, and over Ikechi Anya (66) managed even to level the score for four minutes.
In the same group Ireland celebrated in Tbilisi against Georgia with 2: 1, and a hero of this match was Aiden McGeady who scored both goals for Ireland (24′,90′). Tornike Okriašvili in the 38th minute scored for the host.
Gibraltar played it’s first official match since becoming a member of UEFA, but will not remember the first match so good as Poland smashed 7 goals into their new. Robert Lewandowski scored four goals (50,53,86,90 + 2), twice the scorer was Kamil Grosicki (11,48) and one goal has scored Szukáé Lukas (58).
Finally, in group F Northern Ireland celebrated in Budapest against Hungary with a 2: 1 thanks to late goals .
Hungarians took the lead in the 75th minute through Tamas Priskin and the Irish with goals of Niall McGinn (81) and Kyle Lafferty (88) in the end sealed their first three points .
Greeks at home, in front of empty stands lost to Romania 1-0, and the only goal scored Ciprian Marica in the 10th minute from a penalty.
Finns celebrate against the Faroe Islands 3-1 after going behind at the first half as Christian Holst (41) scored for the host. In the second part, the Finns have bounced back with goals of Riku Riski (53′,78′) and Roman Eremenko (82).