There were 28 goals scored across eight entertaining Euro 2016 qualifiers on Saturday evening.
The pick of them may have been struck by Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne, whose precise free-kick helped Belgium to a 4-1 win over Andorra which booked their ticket to France.
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, Radja Nainggolan and Laurent Depoitre were also on the scoresheet for Marc Wilmots’ side as they inflicted a ninth successive qualifying defeat on the Group B minnows.
Wales have also reached next summer’s Finals despite a first loss of the campaign away to Bosnia-Herzegovina, for whom Milan Djuric and Vedad Ibisevic scored in a 2-0 win which takes them third.
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But Israel’s surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Cyprus, courtesy of a winner from Walsall defender Jason Demetriou, means that the Red Dragons have reached their first major tournament since 1958.
Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus, who play each other on Monday, now go head-to-head for a playoff spot, with Israel also in contention but facing the prospect of a trip to Belgium in their final fixture.
Norway and Croatia’s fight for automatic qualification from Group H will also go to game 10 after both won tonight – a 2-0 home stroll over Malta and a 3-0 victory over Bulgaria respectively.
The Scandinavians are two points clear of Croatia in second, with Italy already having wrapped up top spot after a 3-1 win over Azerbaijan in which Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian scored.
There were mixed fortunes for two other former European Championship winners. This well-worked team goal finished off by Wesley Sneijder helped the Netherlands to a 2-1 win in Kazakhstan.
But the Dutch may have left it too late. They are now fourth in Group A and outside of even a playoff position after Turkey beat Czech Republic 2-0 thanks to Selcuk Inan and Hakan Calhanoglu.
The 1976 winners have already qualified automatically along with Iceland, who surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Latvia this evening and can still be caught by the Czechs in top spot.
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