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European Qualifiers for World Cup: what to look out for on Tuesday

Denmark can confirm their place in the World Cup finals in the final round of October qualifying games.

Andreas Skov Olsen celebrates a Denmark goal
Andreas Skov Olsen celebrates a Denmark goal FrontzoneSport via Getty Images

Denmark will look to maintain the only surviving 100% record in the European Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, while Luxembourg will seek to avoid getting a special Cristiano Ronaldo distinction.

UEFA.com picks out the key game and important subplots.

Who needs what to qualify

Monday 11 October

Group E: Belarus 0-2 Czech Republic, Estonia 0-1 Wales
Group G: Latvia 1-2 Turkey, Netherlands 6-0 Gibraltar, Norway 2-0 Montenegro
Group H: Croatia 2-2 Slovakia, Cyprus 2-2 Malta, Slovenia 1-2 Russia
Group J: Iceland 4-0 Liechtenstein, North Macedonia 0-4 Germany, Romania 1-0 Armenia

Tuesday 12 October

Group A: Portugal vs Luxembourg, Serbia vs Azerbaijan
Group B: Kosovo vs Georgia, Sweden vs Greece
Group C: Bulgaria vs Northern Ireland, Lithuania vs Switzerland
Group D: Kazakhstan 0-2 Finland, Ukraine vs Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group F: Denmark vs Austria, Faroe Islands vs Scotland, Israel vs Moldova
Group I: Albania vs Poland, England vs Hungary, San Marino vs Andorra

All kick-offs 20:45 CET unless stated

The big match 

Highlights: Austria 0-4 Denmark (2 mins)

Denmark vs Austria
Kasper Hjulmand is hoping the occasion will not get to his players as Denmark bid to confirm their place at the World Cup with a home win against Austria. The only side with a 100% record in this set of European Qualifiers, the Danes will be confirmed as Group F winners if they can make it eight wins from eight, but their coach expects a tough night.

"We have put ourselves in a really good position and have performed at a good level for a long time, but it is mega difficult to get to the World Cup," he said. "Let's talk about how we qualified when it has happened. We are very much focused on playing a football match, and until that is over, nothing is certain."

Austria are fourth in the rankings, but not out of reach of second place and a play-off chance, so Hjulmand knows his side must deliver in Copenhagen. "It won't be an easy match at all," he said. "Austria have been an excellent team for a long time. They looked really strong at EURO 2020, and have talented players from the Bundesliga."

Worth looking out for

Great Ronaldo Portugal goals

• "We have so many good players and such good, strong competition for places," said England boss Gareth Southgate as he hinted at more changes for the home game against Hungary. The Three Lions are four points clear of Albania at the top of Group I, and will confirm a top-two finish with a victory.

• Thus far, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six goals against Luxembourg; should he hit two more on Tuesday, Luxembourg will succeed Lithuania and Sweden (seven each) as the international side the Portugal No7 has scored most goals against.

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