September’s international matches are taking place and the UEFA Nations League returns on Thursday evening.
No team has yet booked a place in the 2023 Finals, and no country has been relegated to the Second Division yet, but there were some big results that affected the fates of several countries that were en route to the final round on Sunday.
Here’s a report on Thursday’s events.
Nations League A, Group 1
Croatia climbed to the top of Group A with one match remaining after their late 2-1 win at home to Denmark.
The hosts took the lead right after the first half when the ball fell gently to Borna Sosa after a corner kick, and his fondling shot overtook a group of defenders and found the far corner.
Christian Eriksen continued his impressive form early in the season with a shout of his own with less than 15 minutes remaining, only Barcelona-linked Lovro Mager to score almost immediately from kick-off to give Croatia the win and put them in the next podium position. summer finals.
France enters the final round with their destiny in their hands after a confirmed 2-0 win over Austria.
Didier Deschamps’ men would have been relegated to League B with a loss, but they were completely in control of Ralph Rangnick’s side.
After somehow not finding the net in the first half, Kylian Mbappe broke the scoring after the break after dripping through half of the Austrian side.
Olivier Giroud headed into second place for Lee Bleus shortly after to score three vital points.
Nations League A, Group 4
Wales came close to snatching an unlikely point against Belgium, but were doomed to defeat in Brussels and in serious danger of being relegated.
Kevin De Bruyne tortured the Dragons in the first test half, opening the scoring with a first-time effort in a perfect setting after 11 minutes.
The Manchester City star then nabbed Michy Batshuayi just before the break to give Rob Page’s men a mountain to climb in the second half.
But hope was not lost for Wales as Brennan Johnson made his way across the channel and picked Kiefer Moore with a cross, the Bournemouth striker pulling the difference for the visitors.
Gareth Bale came off the bench and Wales nearly headed it soon after, before Belgium earned a penalty when De Bruyne fell under a challenge from Joe Morell. However, this was overturned by the referee after a VAR intervention as the Portsmouth midfielder clearly had possession of the ball.
Johnson came close to shooting in Wales as injury time approached, while Roberto Martinez was sent off before the final whistle.
Belgium is three points behind the Netherlands, while Wales has the same margin than Poland.
The Netherlands have one foot in the Nations League finals next summer after a thrilling 2-0 win away to Poland.
Louis van Gaal’s men were unbeaten in Group D before the final round of the match and looked great against a strong Poland side.
Cody Jakbo carried his superb club-wide streak to the international stage when he broke the deadlock 14 minutes later in Warsaw, following a cross by Denzel Dumfries.
The oranges were the better team all night and earned a well-deserved second place after the hour mark, with Steven Bergwijn playing a smart two-on-one match with Vincent Janssen and beating Wojciech Szczesny to ascertain the points.