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Euro 2020: Belgium, Germany win big; France rebound

IANS  |  Madrid 

Belgium, Germany, and all won their respective matches to stay perfect in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, while champions regained their form after an unexpected loss to

In Mainz, and each had a brace as romped 8-0 against on Tuesday. Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, and scored the other goals for Die Mannschaft, reports news.

Their third victory in as many matches lifted to nine points, three behind Northern Ireland, who won 1-0 away to on Tuesday to retain the top spot in Group C thanks to a goal in the 86th minute by

scored twice and added a third goal to power over 3-0 in Brussels, leaving the Red Devils atop Group I with 12 points.

Second place belongs to Russia, who defeated 1-0 on a goal by Aleksey Ionov, while routed San Marino 4-0 to climb into the third spot with 6 points and a better goal difference than

France, getting goals from Kylian Mbappe, Wissam Ben Yedder, and Kurt Zouma, cruised 4-0 against and reclaimed first place in Group H.

Les Bleus have nine points, the same as second-place and in third, but enjoy an edge on goals.

The Turks, meanwhile, missed a chance to surge ahead of France, losing 2-1 to the Icelanders. blanked 2-0 in the other Group H contest.

conceded a goal to in the 30th minute to fall behind 1-0 against in Turin, but equalized for the hosts at the start of the second half and got the winner with four minutes left in regulation.

With 12 points, lead Group J by three points over Finland, who bested 2-0 on Tuesday.

are third in the group after beating 3-2 in

In Group E, held 1-0 to move into first place with 9 points, though and - both with 6 points - each have a game in hand.

The Welsh, who have only three points from three matches, face an uphill battle to qualify.

had two goals for the Slovaks in a 5-1 away triumph over Stanislav Lobotka, and also scored for the visitors.



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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 09:18 IST