World Cup 2022 European qualifiers delivered some more unexpected results on matchday three. Several favourite teams continue their positive trend. England, for example, still managed to secure a win over Poland, although they did not snatch it easily. Harry Kane scored an opener through a penalty but Paulo Sousa’s men were able to find the equaliser by Jakub Moder taking the advantage of John Stone’s blunder. Fortunately, the Manchester City defender was able to find his redemption for his mistake by providing an assist for Harry Maguire’s goal. Some other big teams like France, Spain and Italy also sealed another win. Les Blues thumped Bosnia 1-0 on the road. Thanks to a single goal by Antoine Griezmann, whereas the Champions of 2010 and 2006 edition respectively, Spain and Italy dismantled their contender without much difficulty. La Furia Roja defeated Kosovo 3-1 at home while Gli Azzurri trashed Lithuania 2-0

England vs Poland 2-1

Goals: Harry Kane (19 p), Harry Maguire (85); Jakub Moder (58)

England: Nick Pope – Harry Maguire, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Ben Chilwell – Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Mason Mount – Harry Kane (Dominic Calvert-Lewin 89), Raheem Sterling (Jesse Lindgard 90), Phil Foden (Reece James 86)

Poland: Wojciech Szczesny – Jan Bednarek, Kamil Glik, Michal Helik (Kamil Jozwiak 54) – Bereszynski, Jakub Moder, Pietr Zielinski (Kamil Grosicki 86), Marcel Rybus (Arkadiusz Reca), Georgi Krychowiak – Kamil Swiderski (Arkadiusz Milik 46), Krystof Piatek (Rafal Augustyniak 77)

Unfortunately, not all former champions shared the similar positive result. Germany, for example, surprisingly slumped to a 1-2 defeat while playing host to the mediocre team but is one of the contestants in the upcoming Euro 2020 this summer, North Macedonia. Their veteran striker Goran Pandev scored an opener. IIkay Gundogan managed to level the scoresheet through his penalty. Yet, the dominating Die Mannschaft which already made their first golden opportunities earlier at the first half by Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry had to concede by the Napoli man Eljif Elmas. It is Germany’s first loss in World Cup qualifying round since 2001 when they were hammered by England 1-5. Another high profile team which was performing well in the previous two outings, Turkey was stunned at their home turf when they were held by Latvia 3-3 in a thrilling encounter. Senol Gunes’ men are still leading the table but can not be too confident as other teams still have potentials to stumble them.

Germany vs North Macedonia 1-2

Goals: Ilkay Gundogan (63); Goran Pandev (45), Eljif Elmas (85)

Germany: Marc Ter-Stegen – Antonio Rudiger, Emre Can, Mathias Ginter (Jamal Musiala 89) – Ilkay Gundogan, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka,  Leroy Sane, Robin Gosens (Amin Younes 57) – Serge Gnarby, Kai Havertz (Timo Werner 57)

Iceland: Dmitrevski – Ezgjan Alionski (Kire Ristevski 90), Velkovski, Musliu, Ristovski, Boba Nikolov (Egzon Bejtulai 59) – Ademi, Eljif Elmas, Enes Bardhi – Aleksandar Trajkovski (Stefan Spirovski 72), Goran Pandev (Vlatko Stojanovski 90)