Italy (2-0 in Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Belgium (4-2 against Denmark) each secured group victory in the Nations League.
League A – Group 1: Italy wins mandatory victory
Before the last match day it was already clear that Italy could secure a ticket for the final tournament with a three-point away against Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Azzurri managed to do this without any major problems. Andrea Belotti used a counterattack in the 22nd minute, Domenico Berardi scored in the 68th minute with a nice volley for the deserved 2-0 final result.
Since Italy won confidently, the game Poland – Netherlands was no longer about anything. “Oranje” turned an early deficit through their two top players Memphis Depay with a penalty and Georginio Wijnaldum after a corner kick in the 77th and 84th minute to a 2-1 away win. The Netherlands finished Group 1 of League A in 2nd place.
League A – Group 2: Belgium thanks to Lukaku
Belgium secured group victory thanks to a 4-2 home win against Denmark. The guests, who absolutely needed a win to push Belgium from first place, kept up well with the home team until after the break.
But then once again Romelu Lukaku made the difference. First he was lucky enough to take the lead again (57th), then in his inimitable way he went one better with his head (69th). The huge flop from Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois just before the end was no longer significant.
England came against the already relegated Icelanders to a problem-free 4-0 home win. Declan Rice and Mason Mount set the course for victory early with a double strike (20th / 24th). Phil Foden put together a double in the last 10 minutes.
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League B: Swiss EM opponents Wales rise
Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Swiss championship opponents Wales made the leap to the first floor.
Austria secured promotion with a 1: 1 in the B1 “final” against Norway, which started with a hastily assembled Notelf due to a Covid case and the associated quarantine. The Czech Republic beat Slovakia 2-0 in the B2 group and benefited from Scotland’s 1-0 defeat in Israel.
Hungary took advantage of a 5-0 debacle of previous front runners Russia in Serbia with a 2-0 win against Turkey in the B3 group. Wales prevailed 3-1 against Finland in the “promotion final” of the B4 group.
Turkey, also Switzerland’s opponent in the European Championship, is relegated to the C-class after losing to Hungary.