New evening of the Nations League with six games scheduled at 8:45 p.m. Either France challenged Denmark in Copenhagen to try to stay in League A, other beautiful posters took place throughout Europe. In the group of the Blues, Austria thus welcomed Croatia, runner-up in the world. A meeting that began with the hats of wheels since Modric did not take long to find the fault. Served by Vlasic, the midfielder from Madrid deceived Lindner with a fine shot (0-1, 6th). Surprised from the start, the Austrians reacted calmly, however, and Baumgartner equalized the two teams (1-1, 9th).
Just before the break, it was Arnautovic who came very close to giving the hosts the lead but Livakovic won their heads-up by darting to the right (44th). In the second half, Austria pushed to bag all three points, but neither Sabitzer (61st) nor Gregoritsch (65th) found the opening. And what had to happen happened. In a cross from Perisic, Livaja got ahead of Wöber to fool the Austrian goalkeeper to the near post (1-2, 69). Carried away by this goal, the Croats flew a few moments later with a new feat signed by Lovren (1-3, 72nd). With this resounding victory, Croatia finished at the top of their group and validated their ticket to the Final Four. Austria ranks fourth.
The Netherlands submit the Red Devils, Turkey ends in a worrying defeat!
Gala poster, also, at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam where the Netherlands, in an ideal position to reach the Final Four, received Belgium from Eden Hazard. Despite a tantalizing opposition on paper, the two teams could not fall apart during the first act. More incisive with three shots on goal out of five, the Belgians could not find the fault against the orange block that lost Berghuis due to injury. Back from the locker room, the Red Devils were much less enterprising but the Dutch team, lacking in attacking realism, failed to take advantage of it. Shortly after the hour mark, Amadou Onana even came close to opening the scoring but Pasveer deflected the Everton midfielder’s recovery to leave his team-mates in the game (66th).
A stop all the more important since in the minutes that followed, the Dutch were going to finally take the lead. After a first save by Courtois, van Dijk took advantage of a Gakpo corner to head in and deceive the Madrid goalkeeper’s vigilance (1-0, 73rd). Looking ahead to the scoreboard, the Netherlands maintained this slight advantage to definitively validate their place in the next Final Four. Belgium, managed for the occasion by Thierry Henry, finished in second place in group 4. In this same group, Poland moved to the Cardiff pitch to challenge Wales. After a relatively balanced first act, Robert Lewandowski’s teammates finally snatched victory from him thanks to Karol Swiderski (0-1, 57th). In the rest of this afternoon’s matches, Turkey, for its part, validated its ticket for League B despite its defeat against the Faroe Islands (1-2). Finally, Luxembourg took the best against Lithuania (1-0).
All results from 8:45 pm
Denmark 2-0 France: Dolberg (34th) and Skov Olsen (39th)
Austria 1-3 Croatia : Baumgartner (9th) / Modric (6th), Livaja (69th) and Lovren (72nd)