2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers UEFA Heroes List: From Pröpper of Netherlands to Hummels of Germany

Antoine Griezmann

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France had looked well on course to win Group A until losing in Sweden in June, but recovered well in a dominant performance against the Netherlands. Griezmann had given Didier Deschamps’ side a 14th-minute advantage, slotting under Jasper Cillessen after playing a one-two with Olivier Giroud.

The Atletico Madrid striker, however, was involved in controversy when his theatrical fall led to Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman being sent off for a second bookable offence after an hour.

Andre Silva

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Bit of nice one touch stuff down the left, Moutinho and Joao Mario exchanging passes and setting Ronaldo away. His cross, lifted just as the challenge comes in and aimed to the back post, is perfection, and Andre Silva just about sticks his header away, slightly feart of getting nobbled by the defender.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

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Berget headed wide from a promising position, and a throw-in from Havard Nordtveit required Marc-Andre ter Stegen to intervene, but all in all, Germany were barely troubled in the second half. Chances became fewer as time wore on, with both teams seemingly waiting for the final whistle.

Davy Pröpper

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Davy Pröpper opened the scoring vs Bulgaria after seven minutes, tapping in a Daley Blind cross, before captain Arjen Robben added a second on 67 minutes from a similar position. Bulgaria pulled a goal back almost immediately through Georgi Kostadinov, but Pröpper’s second 10 minutes from time sealed the win.

Leon Goretzka

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Kroos was brilliantly denied by Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein on the stroke of half-time but the pattern continued after the break as Muller’s replacement Goretzka quickly announced himself on proceedings, rising highest to nod home Draxler’s chipped cross.

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Half-time substitute Leon Goretzka made it five shortly after the resumption and his fellow replacement Mario Gomez added further gloss as Germany maintained their perfect qualifying record this campaign.

Matt Hummels

Norway belatedly showed some signs of life as Ole Selnaes fired narrowly off-target and Mats Hummels deflected a low ball just wide but Germany were soon on the front foot again as Gomez’s diving header converted Joshua Kimmich’s cross to complete a thumping victory for the holders, whose form looks ominous for those hoping to relieve them of the trophy in Russia.

Jan Vertonghen

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Jan Vertonghen admits Belgium were not at their best as they beat Greece to qualify for the World Cup – but says they intend to celebrate nonetheless.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender scored the long-range opener as the Belgians won 2-1 in Piraeus to become the first European side – other than hosts Russia – to reach the 2018 finals.

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