Euro 2020: Germany 2-4 Netherlands, Scotland lose and Bale seals Wales win – as it happened

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Netherlands and Germany played out a six-goal thriller, while Wales left it late to beat Azerbaijan as Scotland came unstuck against Russia

O’Donnell own goal gifts Russia comeback win over Scots
Bale header keeps Wales’s Euro 2020 dreams alive

Too many players doing their own thing – “some of the players just wanted to do whatever they wanted to do,” Giggs says – that doesn’t sound too healthy for Wales. Still, they got the job done in the end. Thanks for your company. Bye!

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Ryan Giggs discusses Wales’s late win, but he is far from all smiles. “It wasn’t good enough first half, it wasn’t good enough,” Giggs says. “We had a game plan and we didn’t stick to it. Some of the players just wanted to do whatever they wanted to do and it’s not good enough. I wasn’t happy at half-time. I was happy with the work-rate and the character to come back. But too many players didn’t show up tonight. There were positives as well. Jonny Williams coming on. Joe Rodon, first cap, was immense.”

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Some post-match reaction from the Scotland camp. “We were in a really good position in the game and we needed to [go on and] win,” says John McGinn, who opened the scoring at Hampden Park. “We started on the front foot, showed what we are capable of but dropped back and a team like Russia will punish you. We allowed them to play to their strengths.” The debutant, the Leeds defender Liam Cooper, adds: “The lads are gutted in there. We invited them on to us and teams like Russia are going to hurt you and we paid the price. It’s always difficult when you step up to international level – teams can hurt you with one pass.”

Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan

Scotland 1-2 Russia

Read Ewan Murray’s match report:

A couple of post-match stats to get yer head around: no player has been directly involved in more goals in Euro 2020 qualifying than Artem Dzyuba (six goals, two assists), with the Russia captain at it again at Hampden Park this evening. The Zenit striker equalised before O’Donnell and Zhirkov combined for the Russia winner. Also, Gareth Bale will be showered with praise as the Wales saviour in the fallout of a late – and crucial – victory over Azerbaijan. Bale has been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 19 home appearances for Wales (14 goals & five assists). Not bad going, eh?

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Euro 2020 qualifying results

Group C
Germany 2-4 Netherlands
Estonia 1-2 Belarus

Group E

Slovakia 0-4 Croatia
Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan

Group G
Austria 6-0 Latvia
Slovenia 2-0 Poland

Group I
San Marino 0-4 Belgium
Scotland 1-2 Russia
Cyprus 1-1 Kazakhstan

Full-time: Germany 2-4 Netherlands

Ronald Koeman’s side get their own back in Group C.

Full-time: Scotland 1-2 Russia

Steve Clarke’s side are jeered off at Hampden Park. That defeat effectively puts paid to even the faintest hopes of landing a spot at Euro 2020. In truth, they were fortunate to lose out by only the single goal in the end.

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Full-time: Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan

Gareth Bale’s header is the difference in Cardiff. A much-needed win for Ryan Giggs. They earned victory the hard way, with Bale providing a relatively scrappy winner six minutes from time after Mahir Emreli levelled things up. The goal of the game? Undoubtedly Pavlo Pashayev’s incredible own goal, a strike worthy of any blooper reel. He was oblivious as the ball smacked off of his back and beat his own goalkeeper.

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GOAL! Germany 2-4 Netherlands (Wijnaldum, 90+1)

Georginio Wijnaldum seals victory in Hamburg.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates the fourth goal with Donyell Malen.
Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates the fourth goal with Donyell Malen. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images

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90+2 min: Whoosh! Ben Davies wellies the ball clear for Wales. Back come Azerbaijan after Jonny Williams loses possession but Razmanov cannot get enough power on his low drive. Hennessey gathers. Wales are almost there.

90 min: Four added minutes at Hampden Park! And three minutes for Wales to hang on against Azerbaijan, who have a stoppage-time free-kick ...

88 min: Aleksandr Golovin is withdrawn in Glasgow. The Monaco man has been streets ahead of everyone else on the pitch at Hampden. A class act.

87 min: Can Scotland remedy an equaliser? Elsewhere, Austria have hit Latvia for six, with Arnautovic at the double. Matt Phillips is on at Hampden.

GOAL! Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan (Bale, 84)

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Gareth Bale heads Wales in front. Allen hammers the ball at goal, low and hard, Azerbaijan clear. Then Tom Lawrence cleverly blocks off the goalkeeper as the ball loops up into the air. As Wales desperately attempt to nudge it goalwards, there’s Bale to nod in. Cardiff erupts.

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GOAL! Germany 2-3 Netherlands (Malen, 80)

Donyell Malen scores his first goal for the Netherlands on his first cap for the senior side. Justice, perhaps, given the ludicrous penalty that went against de Ligt.

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83 min: ... straight into the Azerbaijan wall.

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82 min: Wales free-kick, 20 yards out. Gareth Bale steps up ...

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80 min: Connor Roberts goes agonisingly close for Wales, dragging wide after meeting a low Daniel James cross. The pair were team-mates at Swansea last season. Roberts does almost everything perfectly, opening up his body to usher the ball goalwards but he doesn’t quite get his angles right. And with that, Giggs makes his final change, with Ben Davies replacing Neil Taylor. Harry Wilson and Ethan Ampadu are off, with Jonny Williams and Sam Vokes on.

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GOAL! Germany 2-2 Netherlands (Kroos, 73 pen)

Toni Kroos equalises from 12 yards after Matthijs de Ligt was penalised for anything but a deliberate handball. The Juventus defender was oblivious as to where the ball was as it bobbled up on to his left arm. Elsewhere, Croatia lead Slovakia 3-0 and Austria are 4-0 up at home to Latvia.

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73 min: “That isn’t the same Zhirkov who must be about a 100 by now, is it?” emails Sarah Rothwell. It certainly is and, going on this evidence, the boy (he’s now 36) has still very much got it. That was a wonderful effort a second ago. David Marshall has made two magnificent saves to keep Scotland in it at Hampden.

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72 min: Charlie Mulgrew goes close for Scotland – but he cannot bend his free-kick inside a post! A decent effort up the other end, too, with David Marshall pulling off another fine save to deny Zhirkov a second. Steve Clarke must be tempted to throw on another set of fresh legs, with Matt Phillips and Stuart Armstrong on the bench.

GOAL! Germany 1-2 Netherlands (Tah og, 66)

Some turnaround in Hamburg. Meanwhile, Nacer Chadli has added a third for Belgium in San Marino. Back at Hampden Park, Russia could have taken the game away from Scotland but for David Marshall, who gets fingertips to a Russia header. He palmed the ball on to the woodwork. Scotland are clinging on.

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GOAL! Wales 1-1 Azerbaijan (Emreli, 58)

Ah. Neil Taylor loses the ball on halfway and Mahir Emreli is played in. After Wayne Hennessey saved his initial effort, Emreli slots home the rebound. Emreli, for what it’s worth, should probably not be on the field. But then neither should Harry Wilson, who went unpenalised despite appearing to stamp on an opponent. “I can’t wait to see Harry Wilson regularly in a Liverpool shirt,” emails Matt Dony. “Partly because he’s very good, but also, admittedly, partly because he looks so much like Torres. And I’m not sure I’ve ever loved a football like I loved Torres.”

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GOAL! Germany 1-1 Netherlands (F de Jong, 60)

Frenkie de Jong levels for Ronald Koeman’s side. The Barcelona midfielder nabs his first goal for his country on his 10th appearance for the Dutch. It is a cute finish, after breaking into the box.

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62 min: Changes afoot in Glasgow, as Steve Clarke opts to freshen things up. That Russia goal had been coming. Kenny McLean replaces James Forrest and Ryan Christie is on for John McGinn, whose opener feels a very long time ago now. Elsewhere, Dries Mertens has doubled Belgium’s lead in San Marino and Austria are three goals to the good at home to Latvia. And a big goal in Hamburg to boot ...

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GOAL! Scotland 1-2 Russia (Zhirkov, 59)

A major setback for Steve Clarke and Scotland. Golovin is slipped in behind Liam Cooper, who gets the wrong side of his man and Zhirkov, the former Chelsea winger, zooms in towards the back post, where he has Stephen O’Donnell for company. The final touch may even have come via O’Donnell, who was powerless by that point. It was a beautifully weighted through ball to Golovin, who rolled the ball across goal to the back stick, where a hybrid of Zhirkov and O’Donnell helped it in.

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54 min: Scotland are very much on the ropes. Liam Cooper, booked moments ago, throws himself to the ground to get a block in on Russia’s Fernandes. Scotland do win a free-kick when Zobnin picks up a yellow card for a rash challenge on Scott McTominay but the ball in is straight down the throat of Guilherme.

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52 min: The Wales defender Chris Mepham is booked for thundering into Sheydayev. It was a clumsy challenge and a silly yellow card. Elsewhere, Liam Cooper has been booked on his Scotland debut, with the hosts under the cosh at Hampden Park, where Russia are swarming all over Steve Clarke’s side. Cooper is penalised for clattering into Dyzuba, who levelled things up in Glasgow. Scotland look anxious and are struggling to get out of their own half. It just keeps coming back at them.

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47 min: Double drat for Wales! Croatia lead 2-0 in Slovakia, courtesy of Ivan Perisic’s goal. The World Cup finalists have struck either side of the interval to establish a healthy two-goal cushion. No changes for Wales or Scotland at the break.

46 min: We’re back under way. In Cardiff, Ryan Giggs strides out for the second half looking thoroughly hacked off. A big, exasperated puff of the cheeks. Maybe he had just seen a replay of Nikola Vlasic’s goal on the stroke of half-time for Croatia against Slovakia. Wales are fourth in qualifying as things stand.

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England Under-21s win 3-2 in Turkey! It was something of an Arsenal masterclass in Izmit, with Reiss Nelson the match-winner after an Eddie Nketiah double. That is just the ticket for Aidy Boothroyd, who has been under the cosh since a dismal European campaign in Italy this summer. Phil Foden was in from the off, Mason Greenwood, the Manchester United teenager, stepped off the bench, while Tom Davies captained the team.

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Half-time reading, courtesy of Paul MacInnes:

Euro 2020 half-time scores

Group C
Germany 1-0 Netherlands

Group E
Slovakia 0-1 Croatia
Wales 1-0 Azerbaijan

Group G
Austria 2-0 Latvia
Slovenia 1-0 Poland

Group I
San Marino 0-1 Belgium
Scotland 1-1 Russia

45 min: Tom Lawrence does the hard bit, wringing an Azerbaijan defender inside-out before attempting to bend a left-footed strike into the far corner beyond the goalkeeper. There is not enough venom on it – but it was the right idea.

44 min: That’s a killer for Scotland, a sucker-punch. Russia look in the mood, Steve Clarke’s side frustrated, typified by a meaty challenge by James Forrest on Yuri Zhirkov. Yes, Zhirkov, the 36-year-old former Chelsea man is still going. In Cardiff, Azerbaijan’s Emreli is fortunate – as Harry Wilson was earlier – to escape action after swinging an arm out at Chris Mepham. The defender is riled. Well, that’s 1-1 in the should-have-been-a-red-card-stakes.

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GOAL! Scotland 1-1 Russia (Dyzuba, 40)

Right on cue. Artem Dyzuba silences Glasgow. It is decent buildup play but the Russia captain and Zenit striker then seizes on a little good fortune, with his good first touch taking the sting out of the ball – which was inadvertently shinned into him by Liverpool’s Andy Robertson – before firing low into the corner. That’s his sixth goal in this qualifying campaign. That’s his 21st goal in 37 games.

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38 min: It remains early days but Belgium being held by San Marino is good news for Scotland, who lead at Hampden Park. As it stands, Scotland would slide above Russia and into second place in Group I, behind leaders Belgium. De Bruyne, Origi, Batshuayi and Tielemans have all been given the nod in Serravalle. Steve Clarke’s side are looking relatively comfortable, if unconvincing. McBurnie has been fairly isolated. Still, long way to go, and all that.

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32 min: Matthijs de Ligt has headed wide for the Netherlands in Hamburg, where Ronald Koeman’s side remain on the hunt for an equaliser. In Turkey, England Under-21s have re-taken the lead to cap a crazy few minutes in Izmit. After going behind, the Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah popped up with an equaliser – his second goal of the evening – before Reiss Nelson poked England back in front.

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GOAL! Wales 1-0 Azerbaijan (Pashayev og, 26)

A gift for Ryan Giggs’s side. A comical own goal. Gareth Bale steps inside and winds up to take aim from 25 yards. It all seems rather harmless, with an Azerbaijan defender getting a block in. The deflected ball cannons up into the air and Agayev, the visitors’ goalkeeper, surges towards Daniel James, who is ready to feed off any scraps down the left. But as Agayev does so, leaving his goal empty, an oblivious Pashayev somehow diverts the ball home into his own net. The ball smacks his back and rolls in. A bizarre opener.

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23 min: Austria are two goals to the good against Latvia, with Marcel Sabitzer adding a second after Arnautovic’s opener. In Cardiff, Azerbaijan continue to frustrate Wales. Harry Wilson is very lucky to escape without even a booking – there is no video assistant referee in Euro 2020 qualifiers, of course.

21 min: The Netherlands have conceded a goal in the first 15 minutes of the match in each of their last three games against Germany: 9’ Werner (19 November, 2018) 15’ Sané (24 March, 2019) 9’ Gnabry (6 September, 2019). Not a good look.

17 min: Harry Wilson is fortunate to still be on the field for Wales. The Liverpool winger, who is on a season’s loan at Bournemouth, allows his frustration to get the better of him and, hot-headedly, appears to stamp on Richard Almeida de Oliveira. The Azerbaijan coach Nikola Jurcevic is baffled, as is Almeida. Wilson insists he only had eyes on the ball but he can count himself fortunate – it certainly did not look good. Moments later, Wales appeal for handball after Joe Allen’s cross hit a flailing arm.

GOAL! Germany 1-0 Netherlands (Gnabry, 10)

Serge Gnabry has given Joachim Löw’s side the lead in Hamburg. Lukas Klostermann had his initial effort saved and the Bayern Munich winger Gnabry, formerly of Arsenal, slammed in the rebound. Elsewhere, West Ham’s Shanghai SIPG forward Marko Arnautovic has given Austria a 1-0 lead against Latvia in Group G.

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GOAL! Scotland 1-0 Russia (McGinn, 11)

Ryan Fraser jinks on to his fight foot, whips the ball in, Guilherme, the Russia goalkeeper makes a real pig’s ear of it and John McGinn profits, firing home the rebound from close range. Guilherme really will not want to see that again, with the Brazil-born goalkeeper failing to soak up the cross and instead allowing it to cannon off his torso and into the path of the grateful McGinn, who fires in his first goal for his country. Scotland and Steve Clarke will take that.

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9 min: Scotland go close as O’Donnell rattles a post! Steve Clarke’s side win yet another – a third in quick succession – and O’Donnell reacts quickest to try and prod the ball home after Oli McBurnie towers above his Russian marker to nod the ball downwards. The ball was whipped in by Ryan Fraser, helped on by McBurnie and very nearly converted by O’Donnell, the Kilmarnock defender who worked under Clarke at club level before the former Chelsea coach assumed charge of his nation.

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4 min: An encouraging half-chance for Tom Lawrence, with the Derby forward attempting to hook a clever cross by Gareth Bale goalwards. Bale raids down the right flank and dinks a ball into the front post, where Lawrence tries to steer it in but it bounces wide. Wales have certainly began brightly in Cardiff.

3 min: Harry Wilson whips in a free-kick towards the back post, where debutant Joe Rodon, who spent last year on loan at Cheltenham Town, is lurking. The defender attempts to stab it home but he cannot divert it goalwards. Rodon, along with his Swansea and Wales team-mate Connor Roberts, has enjoyed an impressive start to the season, with his performances at club level – Swansea top the Championship – earning international recognition.

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2 min: Wales, and Ryan Giggs, could badly do with a result. Courtesy of the good folks at Opta, Wales have lost seven of their 13 games under the former Manchester United winger (W5 D1 L7), including each of the last two in a row; they haven’t lost three consecutively since September 2012 (a run of five). Meanwhile, a energetic start for Scotland, with John McGinn drilling wide from 20 yards.

Peeeeeeeeeeeeep!

We’re under way in Cardiff, Glasgow and Hamburg.

We are just a few minutes away from kick-off – a hearty national anthem or two. And here’s a gentle reminder of what’s in store:

Group C
Germany v Netherlands

Group E
Slovakia v Croatia
Wales v Azerbaijan

Group G
Austria v Latvia
Slovenia v Poland

Group I
San Marino v Belgium
Scotland v Russia

Ryan Giggs talks. “I’m really happy,” Giggs says. “A lot of players are in good form. I’ve seen Joe Rodon a couple of times this year and he’s in excellent form. I’m looking forward to seeing them perform tonight. “[Must-win talk is] understandable. You want to bounce back after two defeats. I’m looking for a win and a good performance. I want clean sheets because I know the players up front will create chances. We’ve not been ruthless enough so far. If we defend well, we should be scoring goals.”

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Scotland’s Steve Clarke speaks, and he seems relaxed. “Russia are decent but we think we’re pretty decent as well,” the former Kilmarnock manager says. “If the lads can show me what they’ve shown me in training, I’ll think we’ll be OK. We have to be positive. It is always important but we need to make sure that our front three are pushing right on and trying to get a bit of momentum in the game. It’s always key how you defend and Liam [Cooper] has got good experience, he’ll slot in there instead of Scott McKenna. Oli [McBurnie] is a young man, he had a big move in the summer and he’s determined to show everyone how good he is.”

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England Under-21s are level-pegging with Turkey at half-time: Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah, who is on a season’s loan at Leeds, opened the scoring, converting Phil Foden’s low cross from close range before Dogukan Sinik equalised, slotting beyond Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale. Talking of English goalkeepers ...

Austria are in action in Group G – but not in Klagenfurt:

Team news news: Gareth Bale starts and captains Wales in Cardiff, while Swansea’s Joe Rodon makes his full debut at centre-back as Ryan Giggs makes five changes. Matthijs de Ligt is in from the off for the Netherlands alongside Virgil van Dijk for their humdinger with Germany. Elsewhere, a debut for Leeds’ captain Liam Cooper in the heart of the Scotland defence, while Oli McBurnie leads the line and John McGinn’s in midfield for Steve Clarke’s side. As for the visitors at Hampden Park, Artem Dyzuba spearheads the Russia attack, as it feels he has done for the past couple of decades; no player has been involved in more goals in Euro 2020 qualifying than the Zenit striker (five goals, two assists), scoring more goals than Scotland have managed so far as a team (four).

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Team news!

Germany v Netherlands

Germany (3-4-3): Neuer; Süle, Tah, Ginter; Klostermann, Kimmich, Kroos, Schulz; Gnabry, Werner, Reus

Subs: Leno, Ter Stegen, Hector, Havertz, Brandt, Halstenberg, Stark, Waldschmidt, Gündogan, Can

Netherlands: Cillessen; Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; De Roon, Wijnaldum, F De Jong; Promes, Depay, Babel

Subs: Zoet, Veltman, Aké, Pröpper, Malen, Van Aanholt, Berghuis, Strootman, Vilhena, L De Jong, Kluivert, Vermeer

Scotland v Russia

Scotland (4-3-3): Marshall, O’Donnell, Cooper, Mulgrew, Robertson; McTominay, McGinn, Forrest; Fraser, McBurnie, McGregor

Subs: McLaughlin, MacGillivray, Bates, Jack, Devlin, McLean, Snodgrass, Armstrong, Phillips, Christie, Russell, Taylor

Russia (4-2-3-1): Guilherme; Fernandes, Semyonov, Dzhikiya, Kudryashov; Ozdoyev, Zobnin; Ionov, Golovin, Zhirkov; Dzyuba

Subs: Neustadter, Belyayev, Cheryshev, Barinov, Smolov, Akhmetov, Lunyov, Karavayev, Dzhankayev, Miranchuk, Yerokhin, Petrov

Wales v Azerbaijan

Wales (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Taylor; Allen, Ampadu; James, T Lawrence, Wilson; Bale

Subs: Ward, A Davies, Gunter, B Davies, Smith, Vokes, Moore, J Lawrence, Lockyer, Williams, Morrell, Vaulks

Azerbaijan (4-2-3-1): Agayev; Pashayev, Medvedev, Mustafazade, Krivotsyuk; De Oliveira, Qarayev; Emreli, Nazarov, Rehimov; Sheydayev

Subs: Abdullayev, Mahmudov, Ramazonov, Balayev, Eyyubov, Buludov, Ru Dadashov, Re Dadashov, Khalilzada, Huseynov, Mehemmedeliyev

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Preamble

This is actually quite big. It is an evening whereby Scotland enter must-win territory if they have any designs of gatecrashing the Euro 2020 party and Wales badly need to jumpstart their own qualifying campaign, with serious questions beginning to be asked of Ryan Giggs, who remains something of a rookie manager. Then there is the small matter of old foes Germany against the Netherlands in Group C, currently topped by Northern Ireland, who welcome Joachim Löw’s side to Belfast on Monday.

Scotland have to navigate a way past Russia at Hampden Park, while Wales need to get back on track after successive defeats and given Azerbaijan have not won a European qualifier away from Baku in 31 attempts, everything points towards victory for Giggs’s side in Cardiff. Wales are desperate to close the gap to Group E leaders Hungary, while Croatia and Slovakia are also ahead of them. Azerbaijan, who have conceded 10 goals in three qualifiers, are managed by Slaven Bilic’s former assistant, Nikola Jurcevic. Scotland take on Russia, who are second placed in Group I, with leaders Belgium taking on San Marino. Steve Clarke’s side kick-off six points off the pace but there are reasons to be cheerful in Glasgow, with the Scots having won their past five competitive matches on home soil. “It’s about time that we as a nation, rather than being on the receiving end, are dishing out a result that’s deemed an upset,” Clarke said. “Hopefully Friday can be the case.”

As for that tantalising match-up in Hamburg, Ronald Koeman has been at pains to play down the significance of yielding victory. “The duel with Germany is not a key match,” the Dutchman said. “We have to get 12 points against Estonia and Belarus and be better in the two games with Northern Ireland.” Elsewhere, Gareth Southgate and Marcus Rashford have been speaking at Wembley ahead of England’s game with Bulgaria, while, for the Under-21s, the road to Hungary and Slovakia for Euro 2021 begins. Aidy Boothroyd’s side are in action in Turkey. Eddie Nketiah, Phil Foden, Ryan Sessegnon and Max Aarons all start in Izmit.

Euro 2020 qualifying fixtures

Group C
Estonia 1-2 Belarus (FT)
Germany v Netherlands

Group E

Slovakia v Croatia
Wales v Azerbaijan

Group G

Austria v Latvia
Slovenia v Poland

Group I

Cyprus 1-1 Kazakhstan (FT)
San Marino v Belgium
Scotland v Russia

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