Euro 2020 qualifiers: David McGoldrick’s equaliser against Switzerland keeps Ireland’s qualification hopes on track, Christian Eriksen scores double for Denmark

5 Sep

David McGoldrick scored a late equaliser for Ireland against Switzerland to preserve their unbeaten record in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Mick McCarthy’s side were fearing the worst when the visitors scored a second half goal in Dublin before the Sheffield United striker netted late on to make it 1-1.

David McGoldric heads in the equaliser for Ireland
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The visitors got their noses in front, after squandering several chances, with 16 minutes remaining when Fabian Schar advanced once again and played a fine one-two with Embolo before sliding a shot past Randolph and into the bottom corner.

However, the game was far from over and after Whelan had rattled the crossbar with a long-range piledriver, McGoldrick rose to meet McClean’s deflected 85th-minute cross to head home his first senior international goal to make it 1-1.

Ireland remain top of Group D on 11 points ahead of Denmark (on eight) and Switzerland (on five) but have played more games.

Fabian Schar celebrates scoring for Switzerland
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Christian Eriksen scored two penalties for Denmark as they thrashed Gibraltar 6-0 at the Victoria Stadium.

Robert Skov gave Denmark a sixth minute lead before the Tottenham start netted the first of his two penalties in the 34th minute.

The second came after 50 minutes before a further three goals in nine minutes, with one for Thomas Delaney and two for Christian Gytkjr, completed the rout.

Sergio Ramos and Paco Alcacer were on target for Spain at they won 2-1 in Romania as they maintained their perfect record in Group F.

Andrea Berlotti scored twice for Italy in their 3-1 win against Armenia while Norwich’s Teemu Pukki scored from the penalty spot to give Finland a 1-0 victory against Greece.

Here is how all of Thursday’s qualifiers finished.

Group D

Gibraltar 0-6 Denmark

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Switzerland

Group F

Faroe Islands 0-4 Sweden

Norway 2-0 Malta

Romania 1-2 Spain

Group G

Israel 1-1 North Macedonia

Group J

Armenia 1-3 Italy

Bosnia 5-0 Liechtenstein

Finland 1-0 Greece

Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace: Blades win first Premier League match back at Bramall Lane after 12 years as John Lundstram nets decisive goal

18 Aug

Sheffield United made it a winning start at Bramall Lane after 12 years out of the top flight as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0.

Fans had to wait more than a decade for the Blades to return to the Premier League but they got off to the perfect start as John Lundstram netted the winner in the second half.

John Lundstram scored the winning goal for Sheffield United
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Wilfried Zaha was recalled to the Crystal Palace starting line-up for their Premier League match against Sheffield United.

Zaha wanted to leave the Eagles this summer but did not get a move away and began the season as a substitute last weekend as Palace drew 0-0 at home against Everton.

The Blades were unchanged from their opening-day draw at Bournemouth as top flight football returned to Bramall Lane for the first time in 12 years.

David McGoldrick came closest to breaking the deadlock for the hosts as the sides went into the break locked at 0-0.

Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend holds off a challenge
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John Lundstram’s cross from the right picked him out but Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita was equal to the effort and turned his shot away from six yards out.

Sheffield United went ahead just two minutes after the restart through Lundstrom.

Luke Freeman’s initial shot was turned away by Guaita but the ball fell to the feet of Lundstrom, who made no mistake to stroke the rebound into the empty net.

Four minutes after the goal Dean Henderson kept his side’s lead intact when he dived low to his right to save an effort from Andros Townsend.

It was a nervy end for the Blades as they had to defend deeply but managed to hang on to claim the three points.

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