Konoplyanka gives Ukraine the lead
Ukraine achieved an important victory. The 2012 European Championship hosts managed to win 2-1 over Finland and stay in contention for a place in the World Cup. Yevhen Konoplyanka certainly played a part in making sure that was the case, as the Schalke midfielder fired his team into the lead after 51 minutes of goalless action. Leverkusen’s Joel Pohjanpalo brought Finland level momentarily, but Artem Biesiedin replied just 180 seconds later. Konoplyanka was brought off shortly before the whistle blew for full time. Ukraine now have eleven points to their name after playing six of their ten Group I games.
Burgstaller plays 75 minutes
Guido Burgstaller and Austria missed a chance to bring themselves one step closer to the World Cup, as they failed to hold on to their lead against Ireland. The Schalke striker started the game before being subbed off at the 75th minute mark, and it all looked to be going well after Martin Hinteregger scored in the 31st minute. However, Jonathan Walters made it 1-1, and so it finished. That result means that Austria remain four points behind Group D leaders Serbia and Ireland.
Nastasic remains undefeated with Serbia
Serbia have defended their spot at the top of Group I and remain undefeated throughout their World Cup qualifying campaign. Matija Nastasic played the full 90 minutes against Wales, although things weren’t looking so good for him after Aaron Ramsey converted a penalty shortly after half an hour of play. However, Aleksandar Mitrovic (74’) scored to ensure that Serbia maintained their undefeated record.
Avdijaj starts, but Kosovo come up empty-handed again
Donis Avdijaj and his Kosovo side will have to wait a little longer for their first three points of the World Cup qualification campaign, as they UEFA newcomers were defeated by Turkey. The Schalke attacker started the game, which finished 4-1, and Avdijaj was brought off in the 74th minute. Amir Rrahmani (22’) scored for the hosts, whilst Volkan Sen (7’), Cengiz Unser (31’), Burak Yilmaz (61’), and Ozan Tufan (82’) all found the back of the net for the visitors.