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Narrow loss at Wembley

Dedryck Boyata’s Belgium faced England while Rune Jarstein’s Norway notched a big win. Vladimir Darida also collected three valuable points.

Belgium have been overtaken at the summit in League A, Group 2 of the UEFA Nations League. On Sunday evening (11/10/20), the world’s top-ranked side suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of England. Dedryck Boyata earned his 19th international cap as he completed the entire match in defence. After falling behind to Romelu Lukaku’s penalty (16’), the hosts fought back through Marcus Rashford (39’, pen.) and Mason Mount (64’). The victory see the Three Lions snatch top spot from the Red Devils, who will look to get back on track against Iceland on Wednesday (14/10/20, 20:45 CEST). Dodi Lukébakio was not in the Belgium matchday squad.

Later on in the evening, Krzysztof Piątek remained on the bench throughout Poland’s goalless draw with Italy. The Hertha striker will hope to make an appearance on Wednesday evening (20:45 CEST) in the final match of the international break against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Poland are level with the Netherlands on four points in League A, Group 1, not far behind leaders Italy. Their upcoming opponents have just two points in the bank so far.

Rune Jarstein and Norway hit back with a vengeance after defeat in the semi-final of the European Championship playoffs. The Vikings triumphed 4-0 against Romania thanks to an Erling Håland hattrick and a goal from RasenBallsport Leipzig’s Alexander Sørloth. Hertha’s goalkeeper played 90 minutes as Norway climbed level with Austria at the top of League B, Group 1 of the Nations League. The Scandinavians can strengthen their position on Wednesday when they face Northern Ireland. Also enjoying Nations League victory was Vladimír Darida, whose Czech Republic side beat Israel 2-1. Darida led the team as captain and played 88 minutes. Darida’s side are now one point behind group leaders Scotland with two wins from three matches, and the two teams face off on Wednesday in a top-of-the-table clash. One player whose nation has already tasted defeat to the Scottish is Peter Pekarík, although the right-back did not feature for Slovakia in their 1-0 loss. On Monday evening, Mattéo Guendouzi will face Slovakia for France U21s as they fight for qualification for the European Championship.

Teams, 12.10.2020