UEFA Nations League champions France will not play in a row and Portugal are battling Spain for the right to return to the throne room, highlighting the chances that a new Nations League winner will be crowned at the end of the third edition of the Nations League. tournament.
England and Wales are no longer top tier teams after being relegated to the UEFA Nations League B. England have not won any of their six group games (0W-3D-3L) as Gareth Southgate’s team finished bottom of Group A3. Italy beat Hungary in their last game in Group 3 to reach the semi-finals, which doesn’t make up for not participating in the World Cup, but could give Roberto Mancini’s team a silver medal.
France lost to Denmark and simply remained in Ligue A as Austria were relegated and Croatia took the Danes into place in the semi-final round by winning Group A1.
Group A4 is the opposite kind of struggle, Belgium and the Netherlands played very well but the Dutch prevailed (thanks to a 1-0 win with Virgil van Dijk scoring the only goal in Amsterdam) to advance to the semi-finals. .
While all eyes are now on Group A2 as on the last day Portugal will host Spain and a victory or draw for Cristiano Ronaldo and company will see them join Croatia, Italy and the Netherlands in the semi-finals. If Spain win they will be in the semi-finals. Elsewhere in the A2, the Czech Republic and Switzerland are battling to avoid relegation.
UEFA Nations Leagues B, C and D also have drama in recent days as Ukraine and Scotland battle for promotion to B1; Russia’s punishment left the B2 advance open to Israel, Iceland and Albania. In B4, Erling Haaland, Martin Odegaard and Norway are fighting for the right to join League A in the next cycle.
There is also drama as Kazakhstan and Georgia currently top their respective League C groups, while Latvia and Estonia are in the top spots in League D.
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UEFA Nations League A Group 1
Croatia – 4-1-1, 13 pts. [ADVANCED]
Denmark – 4-0-2, 12 points
France – 1-2-3, 5 points
Austria – 1-1-4, 4 points [RELEGATED]
France 2:0 Austria
Croatia 2-1 Denmark
Denmark 2-0 France
Austria 1-3 Croatia
UEFA Nations League A Group 2
Portugal – 3-1-1, 10 points
Spain – 2-2-0, 8 points
Switzerland – 2-0-3, 6 points
Czech Republic – 1-1-3, 4 points
Czech Republic 0-4 Portugal
Spain 1:2 Switzerland
Portugal vs. Spain
Switzerland vs Czech Republic
UEFA Nations League A Group 3
Italy – 3-2-1, 11 points [ADVANCED]
Hungary – 3-1-2, 10 points
Germany – 1-4-1, 7 points
England – 0-3-3, 3 points [RELEGATED]
Italy 1:0 England
Germany 0:1 Hungary
England 3-3 Germany
Hungary 0-2 Italy
UEFA Nations League A Group 4
Netherlands – 5-1-0, 16 points [ADVANCED]
Belgium – 3-1-2, 10 points
Poland – 2-1-3, 7 points
Wales – 0-1-5, 1 point [RELEGATED]
Poland 0-2 Netherlands
Belgium 2-1 Wales
Netherlands 1:0 Belgium
Wales 0-1 Poland
Fair or not, Saudi Arabia’s match against USMNT on Tuesday will be the subject of much scrutiny, like any friendly match in the recent history of the US men’s national team.
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Gregg Berhalter’s men looked sloppy at best and out of control at worst in Friday’s 2-0 loss to Japan in Düsseldorf, and it’s incredibly unsettling for the Yankees as they head towards their return to the World Cup, a time when teams usually question fine-tuning, and not what, well, but uuuuuuuuuu a lot of.
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That’s why a big performance against the solid and stubborn Saudi Arabia, a team theoretically chosen for its resemblance to World Cup group stage rivals Iran, could really lift the spirits of the American football world everywhere. And although Berhalter could say that only the fans need the elevator, he would be joking with himself.
Remember: while all of American football wants the team to go deep into Qatar, this should set the stage for a real test of the trophy on home soil in 4.5 years. At the moment it sounds silly. A year and a half ago, late at night against Mexico, that didn’t happen. Fixing this would be a good first step, and the next chance is Tuesday.
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- Gio Reina leaves the game after 30 minutes to be replaced by Paul Arriola
18 minutes left. Still 0-0. Not much is happening.
SHOT! Much better from USMNT as substitute Scully cleared a cross and moments later fellow substitute Ferreira hits on goal but the ball is saved. Subs have a big impact. It’s more like this.
Scully, Mackenzie and Ferreira as part of the USMNT. Yedlin (who had been in treatment for a long time after a nasty tackle), Pepi and Long left.
59′ – SUBSTITUTIONS:
Scully instead of Yedlin
Ferreira instead of Pepi
Mackenzie for a long time pic.twitter.com/BkdddAygXS
— USA Men’s National Soccer Team (@USMNT) September 27, 2022
USMNT has yet to start work in the second half. Saudi Arabia looked more dangerous and made some crosses.
News about Gio Reina: He was taken down as a precaution (according to Jenny Taft of Fox Sports), and US Soccer has since stated that he “experiences muscle tension” which is why he was taken out.
The second half is on and no subwoofers on either side. So far, this has been all of Saudi Arabia.
BREAK: Saudi Arabia 0-0 USMNT – Again, not much more than half from the US. A few more moments where McKenny and Adams get close to each other and the balls go out of bounds causing problems. However, Saudi Arabia has had a few chances and looks good on the counters. To sum up the USMNT show in one word: sloppy.
The leaking news about Gio Reina doesn’t sound positive as US Soccer confirmed that no replacement was planned. All signs point to some kind of injury. Fingers crossed, this is nothing serious and the US has just been very, very careful given his recent injury history.
CLOSE! Saudi Arabia is practically the leader. Walker Zimmerman and Paul Arriola make important blocks after…