After Spain and France, Italy and Belgin have also qualified for the “Final Four tournament” of the Nations League next October. Both teams won their games confidently.
Italy and third place in the World Cup, Belgium, have made it into the final tournament on the last group match day of the Nations League. The Belgians around Kevin de Bruyne and double goal scorer Romelu Lukaku defeated Denmark 4: 2 (1: 1) on Wednesday evening. Italy won against Bosnia-Herzegovina with two dream goals 2-0 (1-0). Before that, France and Spain had already qualified for the finals next October after beating the German national team 6-0.
In Group A2 of the Nations League there was a showdown between Belgium and Denmark on Wednesday evening – both teams still had a chance of the final. The Belgians, for whom a draw would have been enough, got off to a quick start and were already ahead after three minutes with a goal from Youri Tielemans. Jonas Wind (18th minute), who was in the starting XI for the first time in a competitive game, equalized with a head for the strong Danes. In the second half, however, Lukaku ended with a brace (57th / 69th) and De Bruyne (88th) the Danish ambitions for the final. The Scandinavians were able to shorten in between with the help of an own goal from Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (86th).
For the Italians in Group 1 it was not just about ironing out the 1-1 draw against the Bosnians from the first leg. As leaders of the table, they also had the finals in their own hands. Accordingly, the Azzurri went to work in the Grbavica Stadium in Sarajevo and took the lead with a remarkable goal from Andrea Belotti (22nd). Domenico Berardi (68th) conjured up the next goal after a fine assist from Manuel Locatelli – and the Italians into the final.
In the second game of Group 1, Poland and the Netherlands had to hope for a slip by Italy. But since Italy won and Bosnia was already relegated, Oranje’s 2-1 (1-0) victory was all about the statistics. For Poland, Kamil Jozwiak (6th) scored, the Netherlands turned the game around with goals from Memphis Depay (77th) and Georginio Wijnaldum (84th) and finished the group in second place. England, which was already third in Group 2, defeated the already relegated Icelanders 4-0 (2-0).