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The action opens on the afternoon of Wednesday 1 September with the early kick-off between Kazakhstan and Ukraine, before a key game for Portugal, as they look to retain their place at the top of Group A with victory at home to the Republic of Ireland. The match could see history made, as Cristiano Ronaldo needs only one more goal to eclipse Iran’s Ali Daei as the all-time top scorer in men’s senior international football – the pair are currently tied at 109 goals.
Wednesday also sees heavyweights France and the Netherlands in action, as they come up against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Group D and Norway in Group G respectively. Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps admitted he was “really hurt” by France’s shock exit from Euro 2020 at the hands of Switzerland, but expects them to rally and secure a spot at Qatar 2022.
“I talked to the players. We know the strength of this squad, of this team. We had many magnificent moments together,” said Deschamps. “This Euro was really difficult. It’s not an excuse. But now we have another task in front of us, ensuring that we are in Qatar to defend our World Cup title.”
The pick of Thursday 2 September’s matches sees Sweden host Spain in a top-of-the-table Group B clash. La Furia Roja showed signs of real promise and progress under Luis Enrique at the Euros and will be eager to consolidate that in this international window.
Thursday also sees Euro 2020 champions Italy and runners-up England return to action for the first time since their final showdown at Wembley in July. The Azzurri will be at home to Bulgaria in Group C, while the Three Lions, leaders in Group I, face a potential banana skin in their trip to nearest chasers Hungary.
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European WCQ broadcast details, 1-2 September 2021
All times CAT
Wednesday 1 September
16:00: Kazakhstan v Ukraine – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
20:45: Luxembourg v Azerbaijan
20:45: the Portugal v Republic of Ireland – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 1 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
20:45: France v Bosnia-Herzegovina – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 2
20:45: Denmark v Scotland – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Football
20:45: Faroe Islands v Israel
20:45: Moldova v Austria
20:45: Latvia v Gibraltar
20:45: Norway v Netherlands – LIVE on SuperSport PSL
20:45: Turkey v Montenegro – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
20:45: Malta v Cyprus
20:45: Russia v Croatia – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2
20:45: Slovenia v Slovakia
Thursday 2 September
18:00: Georgia v Kosovo – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
20:45: Sweden v Spain – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
20:45: Italy v Bulgaria – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Football
20:45: Lithuania v Northern Ireland – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2
20:45: Czech Republic v Belarus
20:45: Estonia v Belgium – LIVE on SuperSport PSL
20:45: Andorra v San Marino
20:45: Hungary v England – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
20:45: Poland v Albania
20:45: Iceland v Romania
20:45: Liechtenstein v Germany – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
20:45: North Macedonia v Armenia