Euro Qualifiers round-up: Spain and Italy survive scares to uphold perfect records

Spain made it five wins out of five within their Euro 2020 qualifying effort by earning a scrappy 2-1 victory in Romania despite enjoying the final phases together with 10 men after defender Diego Llorente was delivered off.
Captain Sergio Ramos gave Spain a lead in the 27th minute by converting a penalty to score a fourth goal in five Qualifiers, his third from the place.
Paco Alcacer put Spain farther at ease in the second half after missing three chances in the first, however replacement Florin Andone brought Romania back to contention with a strike in the 59th minute.
The target galvanised the home crowd after Llorente was shown a red card with 11 minutes left for denying that a clear opportunity with a 33, and they climbed more determined.
When George Puscas blazed across the bar in stoppage time after a fantastic save from goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga spain were let off the hook plus they clung to make a win away to Romania.
Moreno’s side leading Group F with 15 points Sweden are next with 10 after thrashing the Faroe Islands whereas Norway are third on eight. Romania slipped to fourth position around seven.
Keep their 100 per cent record in Euro 2020 qualifying and italy scored two to conquer 10-man Armenia 3-1.
Roberto Mancini’s side came from behind to make it five wins out of as many matches on top of Group J by Armenia goalkeeper Aram Hayrapetyan thanks to Lorenzo Pellegrini, Andrea Belotti and an own goal.
Alexander Karapetian maintained a jolt 11th-minute opener at Yerevan however, the home side’s hopes of an upset were dealt a setback once the striker was sent off at first-half stoppage time.
Italy also struck the woodwork following equalising promptly through Federico Bernardeschi, although Belotti had two goals disallowed for offside, one wrongly.
Elsewhere in Bosnia Group J and Herzegovina beat Liechtenstein 6-0, as Finland beat Greece 1-0, while Teemu Pukki continued his fine form with the sole goal from the place. His side would be in control at the group alongside the Italians.
While Christian Eriksen scored two penalties as Denmark thrashed Gibraltar 6-0 away from house in Group D Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 at Dublin with Switzerland. Ireland lead the group.
Israel and North Macedonia played a 1-1 draw out, with most of the matches of this group being played on Friday.

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