World Cup Qualifiers: France held by Ukraine while Turkey thrashes the Netherlands

World champions France were held to a 1-1 draw by Ukraine in Paris on Wednesday night as both sides featured in the opening game of their world cup qualifying campaign.

Antoine Griezmann scored the opener but his effort was cancelled out by a Presnel Kimpembe own goal in the 57th minute, and Les Blues were unable to find a winner.

The result left Didier Deschamps’ side and Ukraine level with Finland and Bosnia in Group D after they drew 2-2 in the other game.

The defending champions will next face Kazakhstan and Bosnia away, on Sunday and Wednesday respectively.

“Of course I can’t be satisfied. We had chances to increase our advantage and we didn’t take them,” Deschamps said.

“But let’s be honest after the break we did not exactly threaten them.”

“With more freshness and some momentum we could do a lot better, but a lot of my players had played in their domestic leagues on Sunday,” Deschamps said.

Turkey 4-2 Netherlands: Burak Yilmaz scored a hat-trick to punish a lacklustre Dutch side

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Lille forward Burak Yilmaz nets a hat-trick as the Netherlands slumped to a shock 4-2 defeat to Turkey in the first game of their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Yilmaz’s put the Turkish side in front via a deflected shot in the 15th minute and the 35-year-old Lille forward struck his second in the 34th minute before sealing his hat-trick with a perfect freekick late on in the game.

Hakan Calhanoglu scored Turkey’s third before the Netherlands pulled two goals back through substitutes Davy Klaassen and Luuk De Jong, with Memphis Depay also missing a penalty in stoppage time.

Other World Cup Qualifying results

Wednesday, 24 March

  • Turkey 4-2 Netherlands
  • Belgium 3-1 Wales
  • Cyprus 0-0 Slovakia
  • Estonia 2-6 Czech Republic
  • Finland 2-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • France 1-1 Ukraine
  • Gibraltar 0-3 Norway
  • Latvia 1-2 Montenegro
  • Malta 1-3 Russia
  • Portugal 1-0 Azerbaijan
  • Serbia 3-2 Republic of Ireland
  • Slovenia 1-0 Croatia
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