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Scott McTominay scored an injury-time winner as Scotland came from behind to claim a crucial 3-2 victory over Israel in World Cup qualifying on Saturday, while England thrashed Andorra 5-0 to stay on track to reach next year’s global showpiece.

Meanwhile Sweden’s Alexander Isak scored a stunning solo goal in 3-0 win over Kosovo and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a record-extending 112th international goal for Portugal in a 3-0 friendly win over Qatar.

The win takes Scotland four points clear of Israel in second place in Group F with three matches remaining as they bid to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

Group winners qualify automatically for next year’s finals in Qatar, with the runners-up heading into the playoffs.

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Scotland trailed twice in the first half at Hampden Park to goals from PSV Eindhoven forward Eran Zahavi and Mu’nas Dabbur.

John McGinn levelled once, but home striker Lyndon Dykes missed a penalty on the stroke of halftime.

He made amends before the hour mark with an equaliser, awarded after a VAR review after the referee initially disallowed it for a high boot.

A point would have been a decent result for Steve Clarke’s men, but the hosts pushed for a winner which arrived in the 94th minute as Manchester United midfielder McTominay bundled in at the back post.

The Scots still hold a slim chance of topping the group, trailing leaders Denmark, who cruised past Moldova 4-0 in Chisinau, by seven points.

“We’ve got a few games left and we have to just remain focused. We wanted a win tonight and we got it,” Dykes told Sky Sports.

Scotland clinched a last-gasp win.
Scotland clinched a last-gasp win.Source: Getty Images

– Much-changed England score five –

England manager Gareth Southgate rested key players including Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling as his second string impressed in a 5-0 thumping of Andorra.

Ben Chilwell opened the scoring in the 17th minute, with the goal awarded by VAR after initially being disallowed for off-side against Jadon Sancho.

Bukayo Saka made the points safe before halftime and Roma striker Tammy Abraham made the most of a rare start by scoring in the 59th minute.

Jack Grealish came off the bench and won a penalty which James Ward-Prowse saw saved, before turning in the rebound.

Grealish rounded off the scoring with a fine individual effort for his first international goal after collecting goalkeeper Sam Johnstone’s long kick.

“It has been a long time coming and it’s about time that I scored because everyone has been saying it to me,” Grealish told the BBC.

“I think that is 16 games now. It was coming and I’m just delighted that I’ve got off the mark.” It was a busy night for Kateryna Monzul, the first female official to referee an England match, with five yellow cards as well as the penalty award.

England remain four points clear at the top of Group I after second-placed Albania won 1-0 against Hungary in Budapest.

Poland are a point further back in third after seeing off San Marino 5-0 and next face Albania in Tirana on Tuesday.

Jack Grealish said ‘it’s been a long time coming’ after his first England goal.Source: Getty Images

– Sweden maintain chase of Spain –

Sweden moved within a point of Group B leaders Spain thanks to a 3-0 win over Kosovo in Solna.

Alexander Isak scored a magnificent goal to cap a brilliant individual display, with Robin Quaison and Emil Forsberg also on the scoresheet.

Sweden also have a game in hand on Spain, who they visit in their final qualifier next month.

Greece kept their hopes of pushing into the top two themselves alive as two late goals secured a 2-0 win in Georgia.

The Greeks remain unbeaten and are three points behind Sweden and also have a game in hand on Spain.

Ronaldo took his tally to 112 international goals in a friendly for Portugal. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP)Source: AFP

Switzerland remain close on the coat-tails of European champions Italy after edging out 10-man Northern Ireland 2-0 in Geneva.

The Swiss are three points behind Italy in Group C with a game in hand and lead third-placed Northern Ireland by six points.

Elsewhere, Serbia moved above Portugal to the top of Group A with a 1-0 win over Luxembourg.

Ukraine ended a run of five straight draws with a 2-1 victory in Finland to consolidate their grip on second place in Group D.

The Euro 2020 quarterfinalists are two points ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who beat Kazakhstan 2-0, and four points behind France

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Jadon Sancho impressed on Saturday night whilst playing for England.

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Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hit out at football authorities, claiming “nobody cares” about the players in a scathing assessment of the congested calendar.

Speaking after Belgium’s 2-1 loss to Italy in the UEFA Nations League third-place playoff, Courtois doubled down on comments earlier in the week, where he branded the game “pointless”.

Courtois claimed numerous changes in the lead-up to the game, including the withdrawals of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, spoke volumes to his argument.

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“This game is just a money game and we have to be honest about it,” Courtois told Sky Sports.

“We just play it because for UEFA it’s extra money. Look at how much both teams changed. If both teams would have been in the final there would have been other players in the final playing.

“This just shows that we play too many games. They [UEFA] made an extra trophy [UEFA Conference League].

“They can be angry about other teams wanting a Super League but they don’t care about the players, they just care about their pockets.

“It’s a bad thing that players are not spoken about. And now you hear about a European Championship and a World Cup every year, when will we get a rest? Never.”

A biennial World Cup has been floated as one controversial aspect of an overhauled international calendar, with FIFA claiming its plans will protect player welfare.

The world players’ union FIFPRO though claimed such plans will not work without support of male and female players.

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Courtois though believes players are not getting a strong enough voice in the discussion.

“In the end top players will get injured and injured and injured,” he added.

“It’s something that should be much better and much more taken care of.

“We are not robots. It’s just more and more games and less rest for us and nobody cares about us.

“Next year we have a World Cup in November, we have to play until the latter stages of June again. We will get injured. Nobody cares about the players anymore.

“Three weeks of holiday is not enough for players to be able to continue for 12 months at the highest level. If we never say anything it [will be] always the same.”

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Italy claimed third place in the Nations League after beating Belgium 2-1 to bounce back from their world record unbeaten run being brought to an end.

A superb volley from Nicolo Barella just after halftime and Domenico Berardi’s 63rd-minute penalty were enough for the Azzurri to see off a Belgium team missing the injured Lukaku and Hazard to win the third-place playoff.

The European champions, beaten by Spain in their semi-final on Wednesday to lose after going 37 matches without a defeat, played with verve on a gorgeous sunny day at Turin’s Allianz Stadium but Belgium’s poor luck continued following their last-gasp semi-final loss to France.

Alexis Saelemaekers, who started in place of substitute Kevin De Bruyne, Michy Batshuayi and Yannick Carrasco all struck the woodwork before Charles De Ketelaere scored with four minutes remaining.

It was a positive day for Italy coach Roberto Mancini, who watched as Federico Chiesa starred up front for an experimental side.

Italy snuck home with the win. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Italy snuck home with the win. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“We played very well today… Chiesa can play anywhere, right or left, today he played on the left and he did really well. He’s an important player,” Mancini told RAI.

Courtois may have called the match “pointless” but the two teams put plenty of commitment into their displays, with some players looking to carve out a place in their national teams.

Giacomo Raspadori, making his sixth Italy appearance, was put through by the impressive Chiesa in the 20th minute but couldn’t get his shot away before Timothy Castagne got across to deflect his effort out for a corner.

Five minutes later AC Milan midfielder Saelemaekers struck the bar with a first-time curling shot which left Gianluigi Donnarumma, captain for the day and cheered heartily by the Turin crowd after being barracked by angry AC Milan fans on Wednesday, rooted to the spot.

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