Ilkay Gundogan scores brace, Bernardo provides – Manchester City International Roundup (14/11/21)
Ilkay Gundogan was scoring goals once again with a brace for Germany in their 4-1 victory over Armenia while Bernardo Silva returned for Portugal and carried on his imperious club form with him as he notched an assist.
ARMENIA 1-4 GERMANY
In the 10th round of World Cup qualifying matches, Germany were up against Armenia to try and extend their lead at the top of the group – and another easy win was to follow for the national team with Ilkay Gundogan helping himself to a pair of goals and guide his team to the 3 points. The midfielder scored from the penalty spot on the brink of half-time and added another 5 minutes into the second half.
The triumph means that Germany have finished with 27 points out of a possible 30 in 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifying.
PORTUGAL 1-2 SERBIA
Bernardo Silva played the first 64 minutes of Portugal’s 8th qualifying game and picked up an assist after missing the game against Ireland through injury last week.
Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo played the full 90 but were unable to keep a clean sheet as the team fell to a 2-1 defeat in the dying minutes through an Aleksandar Mitrovic strike.
The late winner means Portugal fall to second place in the group on 17 points – having to now go through the playoffs to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
SPAIN 1-0 SWEDEN
Aymeric Laporte featured for the full game as Spain were victorious against their Scandinavian opposition while Rodri came on in injury time to close out the game. Spain took the 3 points thanks to Alvaro Morata’s 86th-minute goal. Laporte had yet another assured performance at the back and was pivotal in keeping a clean sheet for his side.
Luis Enrique’s side have now opened a 4-point gap over Sweden at the top of Group B after 8 games played with Spain sitting on 19 points in first place and having now secured their place at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Written by: @_TJ9320
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