The third edition of the UEFA Nations League is underway, with round four coming to a close and two more before the final tournament in June 2023.
UEFA.com tells you the highlights of Round Four.
Tuesday 14 June
A3 England – Hungary
A3 Germany – Italy
A4 Netherlands – Wales
A4 Poland – Belgium
B 1 Armenia – Scotland (18:00)
B 1 Ukraine – Republic of Ireland
b 3 Bosnia and Herzegovina – Finland
b 3 Romania – Montenegro
C1 Luxembourg – Faroe Islands
C1 Turkey – Lithuania
D1 Moldova – Andorra (18:00)
D1 Liechtenstein – Latvia
Sunday 12 June
A 2 Spain – Czech Republic 2-0
A 2 Switzerland 1-0 Portugal
b 4 Norway 3-2 Sweden
b 4 Slovenia 2-2 Serbia
C2 Northern Ireland 2-2 Cyprus
C2 Greece 2-0 Kosovo
c 4 Georgia 0-0 Bulgaria
c 4 North Macedonia 4-0 Gibraltar
D 2 Malta 1-0 San Marino
Starting times are 20:45 CET unless otherwise stated
England and Germany are looking for their first victories
England, who sought a win against Italy in the final round, must avenge their loss to Hungary in their opening match in Budapest if they are to claim their first win in the highly competitive Group A3. Manager Gareth Southgate has declared that with England “you are going to be judged and you have to win every game”, but he is not the only coach finding it difficult to win. Germany, England’s opponent in Group A3, have drawn in all three of their matches so far.
The Netherlands is close to the final stage
The fact that no team reached the halfway point in the UEFA Nations League with a full score is a testament to just how competitive the competition can be. But the Netherlands came close, with Memphis Depay hitting the post with a penalty in a 2-2 draw with Poland. “Everything we learned today, we’ll move on to the next game,” midfielder Denzel Dumfries told UEFA.com, shrugging his shoulders.
Serdar Dorson Line
With Turkey hosting Lithuania goalless, Serdar Dorsun has scored four goals in Group C1, not even Haaland’s 20 goals in 21 games for Norway can (almost) match seven of the seven since his debut (at age 29) in October 2021, he said: “Wearing this is the dream of every Turkish footballer.” Dorsun put in a perfect performance to celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal to score against the Faroe Islands in the first round. If you plan to continue signing up at this rate, you may want to work on your own signing ceremony…
Monday – France will not be able to retain the title
France faced the match with the goal of achieving their first win in this Nations League, but what they reaped was a defeat that meant they could no longer hold the title. Luka Modric’s single penalty kick in the first minutes put the visitors ahead, and although there were many chances for a draw, the French sank to their knees in Paris in Group 1, they will not be able to hold the title anymore. In the same division, Denmark continues to advance after beating Austria 2-0. Denmark has nine points, two points ahead of Croatia and five points over Austria.
Sunday – day tour of Spain
Spain topped Group B in the league thanks to its 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic, a result that also kept them unbeaten in the competition. Top scorers Carlos Soler and Sarabia and Cheb Jaffe who stunned Malaga starred with flashes of quality. This result, added to Portugal’s defeat in Switzerland, left Luis Enrique’s men as leaders of their group.
The Swiss, who have accumulated three defeats, fought the match in this match and did not take long to open the box with a goal scored by Seferovic at the start that ended in a duel decision. Portugal tried unsuccessfully and squandered Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence in front of goal, thus incurring their first defeat in the competition. In other notable matches, Haaland scored twice in Norway’s win over Sweden and now has 20 goals in 21 international matches for his country.
What awaits us in the future
• The UEFA Nations League will have its own summer break in July and August, before The first round between Scotland and Ukraine on Wednesday, September 21, has been postponed. On Thursday, September 22, the match between Kazakhstan and Belarus will start the fifth daybeing a party Italy at home against England the most important.
• Round 6 will take place between Sunday 25 and Tuesday 27 September, and from then on, relegation and promotion in each league will be largely determined. In addition, the top teams from each of the four first division groups will be confirmed in the final stage, which will take place in June 2023.
Fourth round: 12-14 June 2022
September 5-6: September 22-27 2022
Final stage draw: to be confirmed
Semi-finals: June 14-15, 2023
Final and Third Place Match: June 18, 2033
Relegation Qualifiers: March 21-23 and March 24-26, 2024
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