Qualified: Belgium, England, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Russia (hosts), Serbia, Spain
On a night of mixed permutations, Serbia kept it elementary by holding onto tip spot, and a World Cup ticket, interjection to surrogate Aleksandar Prijovic’s 74th-minute goal. Amid ascent Serbian vigour in Belgrade, with Nemanja MatiÄ‡ carrying an bid privileged off a line and Georgia screw Giorgi Makaridze frustrating a hosts, Prijovic slid in an Aleksandar MitroviÄ‡ cross.
Ireland leapfrogged Wales on a final day to take a essential second place in this parsimonious section, with James McClean’s 57th-minute strike in Cardiff holding a Irish into a play-offs. McClean incited in Jeff Hendrick’s cranky moments after Darren Randolph had denied Wales’s Hal Robson-Kanu during a other end.
Austria finished with a develop of a second true win, this one warranted by Louis Schaub’s 69th-minute bid in Chisinau opposite a Moldovan side consigned to bottom spot. Their charge had been done easier by a progressing sending-off of Moldova’s Artur IoniÅ£a.
Already positive of initial place in a section, a 2010 universe champions resolved subordinate with a feat given them by Asier Illarramendi’s long-range thunderbolt. The Real Sociedad midfielder noted his second general top with a milling first-time bid from 30 metres to bind a points in Jerusalem.
Italy were certain to finish second regardless of a outcome in Shkoder though conduct into subsequent month’s play-offs on a behind of a feat in what was their 800th diversion interjection to Antonio Candreva’s second-half goal. The Internazionale male picked adult Leonardo Spinazzola’s low severe cranky to glow in a usually idea 17 mins from time â€“ his seventh idea for his nation on his 50th appearance.
These teams already knew they would finish fifth and sixth respectively, though a home side ensured they finished on a winning note with dual goals in 3 mins only before half-time in Strumica. Visar Musliu headed in a 36th-minute corner, before Aleksandar Trajkovski dull off a unconditional pierce with a low shot. Trajkovski afterwards delivered crosses for Enis Bardi and surrogate Arijan Ademi to measure in a three-minute duration mid by a second half.
After educational UEFA EURO 2016, Iceland will beauty a World Cup for a initial time after claiming a claim win in Reykjavik. The hosts tricked a few nerves though Gylfi Sigurdsson’s excellent strike shortly before a interlude staid them and Kosovo never looked like conjuring an equaliser. Johann Gudmundsson hermetic it mid by a second period, converting Sigurdsson’s cross. Iceland turn a initial nation with a race underneath one million to strech a World Cup.
The conflict for second mark hung in a change for over an hour in Kyiv until Andrej KramariÄ‡ sloping a beam in Croatia’s foster with dual goals in 9 minutes. Luka ModriÄ‡’s pinpoint cranky combined a first, a header, before a smashing first-time pass from Ivan RakitiÄ‡ forged out a second. It rubber-stamped a Croatians’ runners-up place and play-off berth.
Finland twice cancelled out Cenk Tosun goals to repudiate Turkey a consolatory feat in Turku. Following Paulus Arajuuri’s progressing equaliser, Joel Pohjanpalo warranted them a pull dual mins from time as a Finns, already cursed to fifth position, struck twice in a rival home diversion for a initial time in 6 years.