Belgium qualified for the final round of the Nations League on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory over Denmark. Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Wales forced promotion to Division A.
Norwegian B-team cannot stunt
The Belgians beat Denmark thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku (two), Kevin De Bruyne and Youri Tielemans. The Danish hits came in the name of Jonas Wind and keeper Thibaut Courtois, who was credited with an own goal.
Our southern neighbors showed that they learned from two years ago. At the time, they were also on their way to the Final Four in the last round of play with a 0-2 lead over Switzerland, after which things went completely wrong and they lost 5-2.
England also had a chance of the final round in the group of the Belgians. Thanks to Declan Rice, Mason Mount and Phil Foden (twice), the world champion of 1966 booked a problem-free 4-0 victory over Iceland, but that had no value due to the result in Belgium.
In addition to Belgium, Italy also qualified for the final round on Wednesday, which is from 6 to 10 October. ‘La Squadra Azzurra’ is there at the expense of the Netherlands. France and Spain already reached the Final Four.
In division B, Norway entered Austria with a B team due to corona problems. With debutants Sondre Tronstad (Vitesse) and Jørgen Strand Larsen (FC Groningen) in the starting line-up, it was 0-1 for a long time and there was a prospect of promotion, but the Austrians did not let it get any further, made 1-1 and are sure of a ticket for the A division.
The Czech Republic was in group 2 of division B on home soil 2-0 too strong for Slovakia and thus passed number one Scotland. The Scots recently qualified for the European Championship, but now had to deal with a downer due to a 1-0 loss in Israel.
In addition to Austria and the Czech Republic, we also see Hungary in the new Nations League season in division A. The Hungarians defeated Turkey (1-0) and passed Russia, which gave it away completely in and against Serbia and lost 5-0.
In group 4, the promotion ticket was for Wales, which with Gareth Bale in the team – he did not score – dealt with competitor Finland: 3-1. Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Turkey and Bulgaria are the countries relegated to Division C.
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