In the first group of UEFA Nations League Division A, the French national team won the fight to stay, and Croatia moved to the first place with the win.
France 2:0 Austria |
France kept their hopes of staying in the top tier of the Nations League alive as goals by Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud secured a 2-0 home victory over Austria on Thursday.
Mbappe produced a stunning strike before the 35-year-old Giroud sealed the win with a header to become the oldest player to score a goal for France. The world champions, who travel to Denmark on Sunday, climbed to third in Group 1 with five points from as many games.
“We did what we had to do,” the 1998 world champion said. “Our intentions were good, everyone defended a lot, there are a lot of positives. The mindset was good, it was a very good performance.” - France coach Didier Deschamp.
Croatia 2:1 Denmark |
In Zagreb, Croatians beat their opponent 2:1 with goals from Sosa and Mayer. It is true that Eriksen’s goal was much more beautiful than both Croatian goals, but apart from Eriksen’s masterpiece, the Danes could not create anything and lost an important match against Modric’s Croatia.
Croatia is in the first place with 10 points and will play away to Austria in the last round, while Denmark is in second place with 9 points and will play the last match against France at home.
Other sets |
The winners of the two groups of the C League are already known. Kazakhstan beat Belarus 2:1 and won the first place in the group with 13 points. The first place was also won by Turkey, but in the 5th round they played a draw with Luxembourg 3:3, which makes the situation a little difficult for them. We remind you that the winners of the league groups meet each other in the playoffs and fight for a place in the European Championship.
The results of the UEFA Nations League matches on September 22
League A | Belgium 2:1 Wales; Croatia 2:1 Denmark; France 2:0 Austria; Poland 0:2 Netherlands.
League C | Kazakhstan 2:1 Belarus; Lithuania 1:1 Faroe Islands; Slovakia 1:2 Azerbaijan; Turkey 3:3 Luxembourg.
League D | Latvia 1:2 Moldova Liechtenstein 0:2 Andorra