BELGIUM – WALES 2-1:
Belgium had to win going into the meeting with Wales. With three points up to the Netherlands in first place, they were dependent on three points if they were to retain their chance of winning.
Before the match, however, star player Kevin de Bruyne’s focus was on something completely different. The Belgian has grown tired of facing the same opponents during the national team breaks.
– I think half my international career has been against Wales. It’s a bit boring. I think I’ve met them twelve times, it’s always the same teams, said Kevin de Bruyne.
De Bruyne used the frustration to his advantage, wreaking havoc with Wales. The midfielder first sent Belgium into the lead with a well-placed long-range shot, before serving Michy Batshuayi, who could have easily doubled the lead.
Kieffer Moore created tension in the match with his reduction, but de Bruyne and Belgium eventually emerged victorious.
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FRANCE – AUSTRIA 2-0:
Austria’s goalkeeper Patrick Pentz was in the impossible corner, and for a long time seemed impossible to outwit for the French stars.
Then Kylian Mbappé appeared. The 22-year-old went on a great solo raid, before hammering France into the lead.
Ten minutes later, striker partner Olivier Giroud was superior in the box, doubling the lead with a neat header.
The goal was Giroud’s 49th for France. He is thus only two goals behind Thierry Henry, who sits at the top of the list of France’s top scorers of all time.
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Denmark lost its grip on first place
CROATIA – DENMARK 2-1:
There was a long war of positions in the match between Croatia and Denmark, but finally came the redeeming score.
Left back Borna Sosa sent the home team into the lead with an icy finish.
Christian Eriksen equalized with a lovely long shot, but the joy was short-lived for the Danes. Immediately after the goal, Croatia substituted Lovro Majer, and after only a minute on the pitch he hammered the Croatians back into the lead.
The result means that Croatia takes over first place in the group from Denmark.
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The Netherlands on track
POLAND – NETHERLANDS 0-2:
Despite Belgium’s win, the Netherlands still sit top of their Nations League group.
Goals from Cody Gakpo and Steven Bergwijn ensured the Orange took all three points away to Poland.
Thus, they maintain the gap of three points to Belgium in second place, before the teams meet in what will be a pure group final on Sunday.
This is how the other matches ended:
Turkey – Luxemburg 3-3
Lithuania – Faroe Islands 1-1
Kazakhstan – Belarus 2-1
Slovakia – Azerbaijan 1-2
Latvia – Moldova 1-2
Liechtenstein – Andorra 0-2