Ireland suffer shock loss to Luxembourg in World Cup qualifying as Czech Republic hold Belgium
The Republic of Ireland's slump in form continued as they lost at home to Luxembourg to leave their chances of qualification for the 2022 World Cup hanging by a thread after just two games. Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku's strike was enough for Belgium to salvage a point against the Czech Republic.
Luxembourg's striker Gerson Rodrigues (L) celebrates with teammates at the final whistle during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 group A qualification football match between Ireland and Luxembourg at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 27, 2021
The Republic of Ireland's horrendous start to World Cup qualifying continued as the Boys in Green suffered a humiliating 1-0 home loss to Luxembourg.
The hosts have lost both of their games so far in qualification for the World Cup and were stung by a late Gerson Rodrigues goal at the Aviva Stadium as they sought a winner of their own.
Elsewhere, Romelu Lukaku's second-half strike helped Belgium salvage a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic on Saturday in an entertaining World Cup qualifier in which both sides were denied by the woodwork a number of times.
Lukas Provod gave the home side the lead with his first international goal just after the break when he gathered the ball in space and sent a long-range, right-footed strike past Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois.
But Lukaku levelled in the 60th minute when he turned defender Ondrej Celustka and sent a shot that deflected off the keeper's right leg into the net.
Both sides continued to attack in search of a winner with Kevin De Bruyne's shot from the edge of the box hitting the woodwork in the 70th minute and Czech defender Jan Boril doing the same in the 84th.
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Finally, Slovakia and Malta shared the spoils in Trnava, with Matteo Skriniar making it 2-2 after the hosts had slumped into a shock 2-0 deficit.