Poland and Italy were unable to take advantage of the loss of points of groupmate the Netherlands against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Nations League due to a mutual draw (0-0). France and Portugal were also stuck on a goalless draw in division A on Sunday evening.
World champion and European champion in balance
Poland and Italy entered the field in Gdansk knowing that the Orange squad had stuck at 0-0 earlier in the evening on a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The visitors in particular were out to widen the gap with the Netherlands, but that did not work.
Especially in the first half, the Italians had the better of the game. Federico Chiesa was the closest to a goal, but the winger’s shot just flew over the crossbar. After the break, left back Emerson Palmieri found keeper Lukasz Fabianski on his way twice.
Despite the return of top striker Robert Lewandowski, Poland could do little to counter this and will not be dissatisfied with a point.
Italy is still the leader in group 1, with five points from three matches. The Netherlands and Poland follow with four points each, while Bosnia and Herzegovina has two.
To date, remarkably little has been scored in the group. Only seven goals were scored in six games. Only in the game between Bosnia and Poland (1-2) was more than one goal.
The duel between superstars Kylian Mbappé (France) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) did not have a winner. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Reigning world champion France had crushed Ukraine 7-1 earlier this week in an exhibition match, but reigning European champion Portugal turned out to be of a different order in the Stade de France.
In the first half, Portugal was even closest to the opening goal, but Cristiano Ronaldo, Nélson Semedo and João Félix were careless with the opportunities. On the other hand, only Antoine Griezmann was still somewhat dangerous with a roller.
After the break, both countries were mainly trying not to lose the match, although Portugal saw a goal from Pepe being rejected for offside. A somewhat bloodless 0-0 was therefore the logical consequence.
With the draw, France and Portugal remain in a fierce battle for the lead in group 3 of division A. Both countries now have seven points from three games, the goal difference of Nations League defending champion Portugal is slightly better. Croatia and Sweden follow with three and zero points respectively.