England has lost the lead in group 2 of division A in the Nations League to Belgium. At Wembley, Denmark was surprisingly lost 0-1 on Wednesday. PSV player Eran Zahavi excelled at Israel with a hat-trick against Slovakia (2-3).
Portugal also wins without Ronaldo
England, which on Sunday inflicted Belgium its first defeat in almost two years, had to continue with ten men against Denmark after 32 minutes. Harry Maguire went hard with a yellow card on Kasper Dolberg, who was injured soon afterwards, and was able to leave.
Three minutes later, another setback for England followed when Christian Eriksen scored from a penalty awarded for a foul on Thomas Delaney. The Danes no longer relinquished that lead.
Belgium made no mistake against Iceland and therefore relieves England as the leader in the group. The ‘Red Devils’ largely owed the 1-2 victory to Romelu Lukaku. The striker opened the score in the ninth minute with a shot from the turn. After Birkir Már Saevarsson’s equalizer, Lukaku made the winning just before half-time from a self-enforced penalty.
Liverpool player Diogo Jota scored two goals and an assist for Portugal. (Photo: Pro Shots)
In Group 3 of Division A, Portugal and France stand out above the rest. The title holder won 3-0 against Sweden. France was too strong for Croatia in a repeat of the World Cup final with 1-2.
Portugal entered without the positive corona-tested Cristiano Ronaldo, but it also turned out to be easy without the star player. Bernardo Silva opened the score halfway through the first half. Diogo Jota, who gave the assist to the 1-0, determined the final score with a goal before and a goal after the break.
France took the lead early in Zagreb by a hard shot from Antoine Griezmann. Nikola Vlasic scored the tying run with a punt, but thanks to Kylian Mbappé, the world champion still won the game.
Eran Zahavi is over the moon after helping Israel to victory with a hat-trick. (Photo: Pro Shots)
One level down, in Division B of the Nations League, Eran Zahavi managed to keep the spotlight on himself. The brand new striker of PSV gave Israel a 2-3 victory over Slovakia with a pure hat-trick.
Israel faced a 2-0 deficit in Trnava half an hour before the end. With a header from a corner and a hook-up, Zahavi tied the score, to make the winning goal with a nice long shot in the penultimate minute.