- Germany celebrates its first Nations League win by a clear 5:2 margin against Italy.
- England fell 4-0 against Hungary.
- The Netherlands and Belgium scored narrow victories.
League A, Group 3: Germany Hue, England
- Germany – Italy 5: 2
In a lively match at Borussia Park, after 3 meager draws against Italy, Germany claimed their first Nations League victory – with a score of 5:2. Joshua Kimmich (10th) and Ilkay Gundogan (45+4) with a penalty kick that set the course in the first half against a team Roberto Mancini is an inexperienced young man.
One of those boys, Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni, received the penalty first and then missed a German cross after the break – the formerly flabby Thomas Muller made it 3-0. Then Timo Werner’s double meant the final decision. Especially his goal to make it 4:0 was pure football art on several stops.
Despite the clear verdict: Italy had chances to score but failed several times due to the strength of German captain Manuel Neuer. FCZ striker Wilfried Gonto gained confidence from the start, as he did against Hungary, and shot it: in the 77th minute, he scored the first goal in the Italy shirt, and Bastoni replaced himself in stoppage time with 2: 5.
Former table leaders Italy slipped to third, Germany the first pursuit of the new leader Hungary.
The “Three Lions” received a historic home defeat at Wolverhampton: 0: 4 against Hungary means the biggest defeat at home since March 1928 (!) and 1: 5 against Scotland.
Roland Sly scored twice (16/70) against the English, who had the advantage over long distances from the field, and his second goal benefited from a penalty kick from defender Reece James. Zolt Nagy (80) and substitute Daniel Gazdag secured a clear end result against a lesser defensive side Southgate.
Thanks to the second victory in the second duel with England, the Hungarians finished top of Group 3, the English are still in last place and have to shiver for the league.
First League, Group D: The victory of “Orange” and “Red Devils”
- Holland 3-2 Wales
The Dutch are on their way to the final. Louis van Gaal’s team was undefeated in the fourth set by beating Wales 3-2. Noah Lange (17) and Cody Jaco (23) gave the leaders an early lead in Rotterdam before Brennan Johnson (26) reclaimed the Welsh side. However, it became turbulent towards the end: in the second minute of extra time, Gareth Bale equalized a penalty kick. A few seconds later, Memphis Depay scored the famous Dutch winner.
Belgium stayed on the heels of Orangi thanks to a small victory in Poland. Michy Batshuayi scored for the best “Red Devils” after only fifteen minutes. Despite star Robert Lewandowski, the highly defensive Poles were unable to respond in the storm.
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