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Report: Euro 2020 qualifiers round up from Group I

Artem Dzyuba, Russia, Scotland, EURO 2020
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Belgium and Russia were victorious to cement their the top two places respectively in Group I.

Tonight saw all six teams from Group I in action.

A Belgium team without Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku on the bench was still too much for the part-timers from San Marino.

Roberto Martinez men ran out comfortable 4-0 victors in an extremely one-sided game.

Though San Marino out a fight in the first half, they eventually just could not keep up with the Red Devils.

A Batshuayi penalty in the first half gave them a 1-0 lead at the break. The second half saw Mertens add a second on the 57th before Chadii made three on the 63rd.

The scoring was rounded off by Batshuayi scoring his second for the evening in the second minute of stoppage time.

Russia ran out winners at Hampden Park against a resilient Scotland team.

The Scots took the lead in the tenth minute through McGinn, in what was an open game full of scoring opportunities. Scotland registered 14 shots, while the Russians managed 17.

Before the break, Dzyuba drew Russia level in the 40th minute with a powerful equalizing shot.

The Russian presence in the game grew stronger after that. Although the Scots continued to have an attacking element about them, they were wasteful in possession.

In the 59th minute a shot from Russia’s Zhirkov, was diverted into the net by the attempted block from O’Donnell.

That was all she wrote for Steve Clarke’s side, and only six points from five games, barring a miracle another major international tournament will go by without Scotland.

In the other game of Group I, the surprise package of the group Kazakhstan took on an ever-improving Cyprus team.

Kazakhstan shocked the footballing world, by beating Scotland 3-0 back in March. Cyprus, on the other hand, have gone from group whipping boys to making teams work hard for their points.

Kazakhstan took an early 2 minute lead in Nicosia,  but the Cypriots battled back and equalized before the end of the first half.

It was a game that will have little significance o the outcome of the group. However, in a game which saw plenty of opportunities, there still lacked that international quality.

This group appears to be Belgiums and Russias to lose.