the Netherlands win but are eliminated

Despite their success in Poland (2-1) on Wednesday, the Netherlands will not see the final tournament of the League of Nations in October 2021, ahead of group A1 by Italy who won in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2-0).

The Poles, who led the score for a long time in Chorzow and therefore believed in victory, were taken back and then outstripped in the second half and finished third in the group.

The contract was simple for both teams: it was necessary to win at all costs and to count on a misstep from Italy to hope for a qualification.

But Italy had its fate in hand as a victory guaranteed them the lead in Group A1.

The Poles have long been deluded after an early opening of the score by Jozwiak (5th), who, by escaping on the left side, came close to the Norwich goalkeeper, Tim Krul.

From then on, the meeting came down to an attack-defense, punctuated by successive orange waves but for a long time sterile. Thanks to their goalkeeper Fabianski, the Poles resisted perfectly, even if the Dutch could have equalized without the clumsiness of their captain Wijnaldum (11th) and PSV striker Eindhoven Malen (13th).

Largely domineering in the second half, Frank De Boer’s players obtained a justified equalizer in the 77th minute on a penalty from Memphis Depay (1-0).

Then the Batavians ended up winning in the 84th minute over a header from Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum after a corner kick (84th, 2-1).

At the same time, Italy quickly took the advantage in Bosnia-Herzegovina, leading 1-0 at the break thanks to Belotti (22nd), before completing their success (2-0) by Berardi.

Italy is expected to host the tournament in October 2021.

Deprived of the “Final 4” of the League of Nations, Poland will join next June Spain, Sweden and Slovakia in Pool E of the Euro while the Netherlands will have the easier task especially against the ‘Ukraine and Austria in Pool C.


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