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Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat mit Schweden gepatzt. Russland hat einen großen Schritt in Richtung WM gemacht.

World Cup qualifiers in a nutshell: Sweden flounder when Zlatan returns – Russia consolidates first

Georgia – Sweden 2: 0 (0: 0)

Despite the return of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden missed the opportunity to qualify early for the World Cup finals. The Group B leaders made a surprise foul in Georgia and lost 2-0. The Scandinavians could have fixed the Qatar ticket with a win and a foul by the Spaniards later in the evening. But Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dashed the hopes of the owners of the land with a double (61/77). In any case, next Sunday in Spain there will be a final for the first place and a direct ticket to the World Cup.

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Russia – Cyprus 6:0 (1:0)

The Russian national team took a big step towards the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. With a 6-0 win over Cyprus, Sbornaja could celebrate a safe ticket to the finals in the evening if Croatia’s chasers don’t win the away game against Malta. A Croatian victory would see the group win the final on Sunday, with Russia having one point enough.

After a double hit from Fedor Smolov (55) and Andrei Mostovoy (56), the match against the underdog was decided early in the second half. Alexander Erokhin gave the Russians the lead shortly after kick-off (4). Alexei Sutormin (62), Anton Zabolotny (82) and again Erokhin (87) ensured a clear 6-0 success.

More results from matches at 6 pm

Armenia – North Macedonia 0:5 (0:2)

Azerbaijan – Luxembourg 1: 3 (0: 0)