UEFA Nations League: The Netherlands and Croatia qualify for the Final Four | Results

Netherlands and Croatia They qualified this Sunday for the UEFA Nations League Final Four after beating Austria (1-3) and Belgium (1-0), respectively, in the last day of their groups in the tournament, in which the defeat (2-0) of France against Denmark and the victory (0-1) of Poland over Wales.

The Dutch confirmed their candidacy for the ‘F4’ of the tournament in the last match of the Group 4 and endorsed their leadership against Belgium in a duel less showy than expected. those of Robert Martinez, who needed to win by three or more goals to get first, started more connected, led by a Eden Hazard who had the first in minute 4, but his shot from the edge went high.

This did not stop the madridista, who continued to be very active, together with Kevin deBruyne, the two headlights of your choice. However, it was Axel witsel who enjoyed the clearest chance after half an hour of play, after a good cross from the City midfielder. With that equality, the break was reached, and with the changes the hornet’s nest was shaken a bit. The first arrival with danger of the ‘Oranje’ came in the 50th minute to test a Thibaut Courtois he had been a mere spectator until now.

The goal fell on the Dutch side in minute 74, with an accurate shot from the center-back Virgil van Dijk on a corner kick taken by Cody Gakpo to put the ticket to the ‘Final Four’ on track. steven bergwijn could make it 2-0 minutes later, and Belgium also had theirs with two heads up against Courtoiswhich he brilliantly saved. lukebakio He was able to tie in the Chilean discount, but the shot ran into the crosshead.

In the other game of Group 4, Polandleadered by Robert Lewandowski, uninspired this Sunday, was imposed by the minimum to Welsh, what did you have in James and Bale their best assets. The visitors took the lead in the second half with a goal from Swiderski defining in a practical way a one on one after a good pass between the centrals.

Welshwho was better from the start, tried every way, but Szczesny he completed a great game and was key for Poland will keep the three points. bale he was able to equalize in the 92nd minute with a good header that went to the crossbar. This defeat leaves the Welsh last, who They are already a League B team of the League of Nations.

In the Group A Everything was at stake on this second day. Denmark was aware that it could get into that ‘F4’ and came out with everything before France, that could go down if a series of results were given. Before the 40th minute, the Danes were already leading 2-0, thanks to goals from Dolberg and Skov Olsen.

The initial momentum of the French, with the absences of Koundé, Lloris or Kante, but with Tchouameni, Camavinga and Mbappé on the field, it lasted only the first 20 minutes. After, disconnection and reluctance to let go in a game that was key. A ‘no more’ Frenchman who did not improve in the second half after the goals against, only with an opportunity at the end for the PSG striker, but who ran into a good Schmeichel.

Despite the defeat, France will not be relegated to League B after the victory of Croatia over Austria 1-3. A victory that puts the team led by Luka modric in that ‘Final Four’ for the title. The Real Madrid midfielder was key with the first goal for the Croats, who went ahead in the 6th minute.

The Austrians, with David Alaba as a starter after giving a scare the previous day, they responded just three minutes later, with a goal from Baumgartner. Already in the second half, Croatia continued without fluency in attack and the goals of the victory would come after two centers that finished off Livaja and Lovren with his head, to play his first ‘F4’ of the League of Nations. A) Yes, The Netherlands and Croatia are already waiting for their two rivals, what will they be Portugal or Spain and Hungary or Italy.

(With information from Europe Press)