Negative summit between France, Portugal and England knock Belgium down in the European Nations League


Paris – The retaliatory summit between world champion France and European champion Portugal ended with a goalless draw in Group Three of the first level in the European Nations League, while Italy fell into a draw with its host country, Poland, with the same result, and England reversed its defeat against Belgium to a 2-1 victory.

In the first game, European champion Portugal in 2016 returned by one point from home of France, world champion 2018, and its main competitor at the top of this group.

Portugal remained the top with 7 points on goal difference from France, compared to 3 points for Croatia, which scored its first victory by beating Sweden 2-1.

The match was a revenge for France, which lost at the same stadium to Portugal in the 2016 European Cup final 0-1 after the extension, but the roosters clashed with a strong defense led by veteran Pepe and the new Manchester City defender Robin Diash, who was assigned the task of observing Chelsea’s English striker Olivier Gero Best The second goalscorer in France’s history, with 42 goals, after Thierry Henry (51).

The goalless draw is the second successive match for Portugal, after they came out by the same score against Spain in a friendly match on Wednesday.
“It was a very close game,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. “The players were very careful. I don’t know if there was much mutual respect on the part of both sides but that was what the match looked like. It was not fast, but balanced. ”
“It was a confrontation that lacked a fierce dynamic in trying to search for a goal,” he said.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said: “He is a very good opponent. We have lacked efficacy and ferocity in the last thirty meters. We gave a solid performance, we preferred to win but accept the point. ”

The first half was equal between the two teams despite the lack of opportunities, as the most dangerous guest attempt came through Cristiano Ronaldo, who reached the ball inside the penalty area and was in a suitable position in front of the goal, but Bayern Munich backer Lucas Hernandez brilliantly removed it at the last minute (24).

While the best chances of the roosters were when the ball reached Antoine Griezmann inside the region, he followed it with his left, but goalkeeper Roy Patricio was in the lookout (33).

France almost entered the break, advanced when the ball reached Giroud, who played throughout the match with a head dresser after a mistake in the first minute of Diash, but his ball over the crossbar (43).

France threatened at the beginning of the second half through Kylian Mbappe, who reached the ball inside the area, dribbled brilliantly and tried to drop the ball “Loop” over Patricio, who had caught it easily (47), and Pepe scored a header after a fixed kick, but the goal was canceled due to offside (73).

Portugal threatened in the last minutes of the meeting first with a strong shot by Renato Sanchez from outside the area, which was confronted by Lloris (90 + 1), before Ronaldo hit a strong ball with his left from inside the area, it rebounded slightly from Pangaman Pavar, but the English goalkeeper Tottenham saved the situation (90+ 2).

Within the same group, Croatia, the runner-up of the World Cup Russia 2018, scored its first victory in this year’s edition, beating its home country Sweden, 2-1, and Nikola Vlicic (31) and Andrei Kramaric (84) scored the two goals of Croatia, while Marcus Berg scored the goal of Sweden (66).

At Wembley Stadium in London, England reversed its defeat against Belgium to a 2-1 victory in Group Two, and England raised its score to 7 points from 3 games to take first place from Belgium, which has 6 points, compared to four for Denmark, which won 3-0 over Iceland. Whose balance remained empty.

The “Three Lions” team kicked off their match against their Belgian guest, the world ranking leader, who achieved 12 successive victories in official competitions, in the absence of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who was suffering from a slight muscle injury before coach Gareth Southgate involved him in the end of the match.

“It was a very good match,” Southgate commented on his team’s result. We played the match with a large number of young players and it was a great experience for them. ”

“Belgium is a team full of talent and we knew that the task would not be easy for them.” We faced big problems in front of him on both wings, especially in the first half, before we found solutions in the second half.

Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco opened the scoring, but the referee did not consider it due to the offside of his colleague Timothy Castan, who passed him the cross. But soon, the bronze holder of the World Cup Russia 2018 scored the goal of progress when Eric Dyer obstructed Romelu Lukaku inside the region, and the referee did not hesitate to count a penalty kick for the Inter Italian striker successfully, boosting his record in the number of international goals for his country with 53 goals.

The owners of the land responded with a similar penalty kick after Moonnier objected to Jordan Henderson inside the area, and Marcus Rashford hit it successfully (39), and the England team was the best party in the second half and Mason Mount succeeded in scoring the winning goal from a curled inside the area that hit the foot of Belgium defender Toby Alderfield, to fall over Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who replaced Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid’s goalkeeper, after the latter was injured in the back.

Italy fell into a goalless draw with its host Poland in Gdansk in the first group competitions.
But Italy remained the top of their group with 5 points from 3 games, one point ahead of Poland and the Netherlands, who tied negatively with the Bosnian national team.

And if the Italian team wasted two points due to its preference over the ninety minutes, on the other hand it has kept its record free of defeats in 18 games, specifically since September 2018, and the Italian defense imposed close control on the scorer of Poland and Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski, the best player in Europe. During the current year, it has not managed to pose a real risk.

In the same group, the Netherlands national team achieved a disappointing result in the first match in an official competition for coach Frank de Boer by tying negatively with its Bosnian host in Zenica.

The Dutch national team had started the Nations League by winning over Poland and then losing to Italy, and de Boer, who succeeded Ronald Koeman, who was transferred to supervise Barcelona, ​​Spain, fell in his first test in a friendly match against Mexico, 0-1 at home on Wednesday.

“Orange” played the match in the absence of the suspended Lyon striker, Memphis Depay, one game, and he had one chance in the first half with a header for his defender, Stefan de Vrie, who could not use it well (5).

As for the best chance for the Bosnian national team, it was for the new Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic, but he fired outside the three sticks one hour after the start of the match. (AFP)


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