European Qualifiers Round 4 and 5 Are Underway in International Break

Andrea Belotti. Photo by George Odams/ProSports/Shutterstock (10374663ad)

The European Qualifiers for the 2020 Euro are here once again with the first International break in the new season. Some interesting matches took place on Thursday night, as Armenia and Italy opened the round in Yerevan, with the Italians grabbing the win with 1-3 with the brace from Andrea Belotti, after the home side opened the score early in the 11th minute through Alexander Karapetian. Armenia ended the match with a 10-man team when Karapetian received his second yellow card in the first half. 

The Republic of Ireland grabbed a tough 1-1 draw against Switzerland with both goals scored in the last 15 minutes. Fabian Schar scored for the Swiss and David McGoldrick leveled the score for the Irish. Ireland is at the top of the table with 11 points, while Switzerland is 3rd with one played match fewer. 

Romania hosted Spain in Bucharest, narrowly losing by 1-2 from the former Euro champions. Sergio Ramos scored for Spain from the penalty spot and Paco Alcacer doubled the lead in the 47th minute. Romania pulled one goal back through Florin Andone’s header in the 2nd half and missed many chances to earn a point. Spain ended the match with 10 men when Llorente received a straight red card at the end.