UEFA Nations League Results: Matchday 5 & 6
The completion of Matchdays 5 and 6 marks the end of the group stage of the UEFA Nations League. Let us take a look at what has happened so far, which teams have been relegated, promoted and qualified for the finals?
The Portugal team is the first to reach the finals
Portugal is the first to qualify for the finals: Drawing their last two games against Italy and Poland, after defeating both earlier in the group stage, Portugal secured their final four spot as leaders of their group. The current European Champions are the first to qualify for the UEFA Nations League Finals in June 2019.
Harry Kane scores the winner against Croatia
England qualify ahead of Spain and Croatia. England topped their group with 7 points, ahead of Spain and Croatia to enter the finals. After going down 1-0 in the second half to Croatia, England equalized through Jesse Lingard on 78 minutes and completed an amazing late comeback with Harry Kane’s 85th minute winner. The result ensured England’s entry to the finals while also relegating World Cup runners-up Croatia to League B.
Van Dijk equalizes for the Netherlands
Netherlands epic comeback: The Netherlands topped their qualifying group on goal difference ahead of the current world champions France. Earlier the Dutch convincingly beat France 2-0 with goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and a late penalty scored by Memphis Depay. They then secured a dramatic comeback after being 2-0 down against Germany by tying the game 2-2 in the 91st minute through Virgil Van Dijk. After failing to even qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Netherlands are now in the final four of the UEFA Nations League.
Hat-trick hero Seferovic is congratulated by his teammates
Switzerland shock Belgium to reach the finals. Haris Seferovic scored a hat-trick to help Switzerland earn a stunning 5-2 victory over Belgium and qualify for the final four. Belgium had looked comfortable after taking an early lead with two goals from Thorgan Hazard. Although both teams finished the group tied on 9 points, Switzerland’s better record against Belgium earned them a place in the finals.
Northern Ireland (B→C)
Republic of Ireland (B→C)
Bosnia and Herzegovina (B→A)
FYR Macedonia (D→C)
Finals (winners of the four groups in League A):
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Written by: Zarir De Vitre. Zarir is a Mumbai based sustainability consultant. He enjoys drinking tea, playing with Lego, and football and basketball.