France first qualified, Spain upset

France, victorious with form Saturday in Portugal (1-0), is the first selection to win its ticket for the final phase of the League of Nations while Spain, held in check in Switzerland (1-1) will play a final Tuesday against Germany.

The Portuguese, winners of Euro-2016 (against the Blues) and of the first edition of the League of Nations in 2019, will therefore not compete in the “Final 4” of the second edition.

Thanks to a goal from N’Golo Kanté shortly before the hour mark, the French, world champions, qualified even before the last day for the four-way tournament which will take place in October 2021, in principle in the winning country. of group 1: Italy, the Netherlands or Poland.

Portuguese and French, tied on points (10) before the meeting and who had drawn 0-0 in the first leg, neutralized each other for a long time. Anthony Martial touched the bar in the first period, during a highlight for the Blues.

But thanks to Chelsea’s pocket midfielder, France has quite logically imposed itself and with 13 points, it can no longer be joined at the top of its group, before its final meeting on Tuesday against Sweden, who beat the Croatia (2-1) on Saturday.

– Double miss from Ramos –

In group 4, Spain, leader of the group so far, struggled to bring back a poor draw from Switzerland (1-1). Little in legs, facing the Helvetians reduced to ten in the 79th minute, the Spaniards even missed two penalties: each time, the Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer started on the right side to repel the strikes of captain Sergio Ramos, who was celebrating his 177th selection, European record for Gianluigi Buffon beaten. But in the 89th minute, Gerard Moreno relieved his team.

Germany took the opportunity to take the lead of the group by dominating Ukraine (3-1) in Leipzig, thanks in particular to a double from Timo Werner. With one point behind Germany (8 against 9), La Roja who receives the Germans (9 pts) on Tuesday will have to win to compete in Final 4.

Sunday, it will be the turn of Belgium and Poland in particular to occupy the field.

The Red Devils, in Group 2, have the advantage of playing their last two home games but need help to secure the lead in Group A2 on Sunday. The partners of Eden Hazard, still unavailable, must beat England on Sunday in Leuven, and hope that Denmark do not beat Iceland, already relegated, at the same time in Copenhagen.

Denmark can still qualify, for the benefit of the goal average in the event of a tie with England.

On Wednesday, the last meetings will pit England against Iceland and Belgium against Denmark.

In group 1, Poland, surprising leader, can also win their ticket but on two conditions: beat Italy at home in Reggio Emilia and that the Netherlands do not take the three points in Amsterdam against Bosnia. -Herzegovina, last of the group.

On Wednesday, Italy will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland will host the Netherlands.


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