Euro Qualification: Italy Edge Bosnia as Germany and France Walk

Paris: Italy needed a late winner from Marco Verratti to beat a determined Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 in the Euro 2020 qualifying Tuesday, while Germany and France pushed the goals in crooked victories.

Edin Dzeko fired Bosnia in front in Turin, but Lorenzo Insigne stopped shortly after the break and Verratti headed home 86 minutes to win a fourth victory in as many attempts for Roberto Mancini & # 39; s party in Group J.

"I expected the difficulties, but we demonstrated the strength and the conviction to overthrow it," Mancini said.
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"The most important thing is that we are the first in the group." World champion France recovered after last weekend's defeat in Turkey with a trouble-free 4-0 win over Andorra.
"We reacted well after not playing our normal level against a good Turkey team on Saturday, it seemed easy today and the intensity was not the same, but we played very well," said coach Didier Deschamps of France.

He only retained four of those who started the 2-0 loss on Saturday in Konya, and handed the first international starts to Kurt Zouma, Clement Lenglet and Leo Dubois.

Kylian Mbappe opened the score with a broken finish at 11 minutes, with Wissam Ben Yedder and Florian Thauvin adding their lead in the first half.

Zouma took home for an hour when France took first place in Group H after Iceland beat Turkey 2-1 in Reykjavik to further spoil the mood in the visiting camp. Turkish officials had denounced the "contempt" of the team when they arrived

Iceland, dissatisfied with waiting a few hours for passport control at the airport and subjected to extensive security checks.

Two headers in the first half through center-back Ragnar Sigurdsson saw Iceland draw on nine points with France and Turkey, for whom Dorukhan Tokoz scored a consolation.


Germany made light work of Estonia while Serge Gnabry and Marco Reus fired them at a thundering 8-0 victory in Mainz.

Gnabry and Reus each scored two goals, with Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Timo Werner and Leroy Sane also on goal, when Germany ran a ratchet to seal a third win from three games in Group C.

Underdogs Estonia was helpless against a handsome young side of Germany who now seems to have left last year's World Cup problems far behind them.

"Opponents like this are not the benchmark for us," Reus warned. "It was important for us to get into a rhythm and get to know each other better on the field, but we have to remain realistic."

Joachim Loew's team is still catching up to Northern Ireland after Paddy McNair struck four minutes after the end in a 1-0 win in Belarus.

Belgium extended their perfect start to Group I with a 3-0 defeat of Scotland in Brussels.

Romelu Lukaku headed in a stroke of Eden Hazard on the stroke of half-time and grabbed a second early in the second half, with Kevin De Bruyne knocking home another at death.

"This is a good win and it is fun to score," said Lukaku. "The team gets better every time." Russia followed their 9-0 split off from San Marino with a much more nervous win over Cyprus, thanks to a single goal from Aleksei Ionov. Ryan Giggs & # 39; s Wales suffered back-to-back losses when Mate Patkai struck 10 minutes of time to give Hungary a 1-0 win in Budapest.

The Hungarians, the only party to have played four games in Group E, are at the top of nine points, three from Slovakia, who were 5-1 winners in Azerbaijan, where Marek Hamsik scored twice.

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