League of Nations: England in success, Croatia puts pressure on the Blues
As part of the third day of the Nations League, England overthrew Belgium (2-1) at the end of a match that they have not always mastered. Croatia scores its first points while the Netherlands stuck against modest Bosnia-Herzegovina (0-0).
The shock: England is doing well against Belgium
Gareth Southgate had almost changed the entire starting lineup that won in Wales (3-0) on Thursday. The England coach almost paid dearly, since his team suffered against Belgium, in a meeting cut off by many notable absentees (the Hazard brothers, Dries Mertens and Thibaut Courtois on the Belgian side, Raheem Sterling on the English side) . Romelu Lukaku obtained and then converted a penalty (16th), bringing his total in selection to 53 goals in 86 games, an impressive ratio. Marcus Rashford answered him in the same exercise (39th), before Mason Mount scored with a bit of luck on a deflected center (65th, 2-1). Belgium (2nd) may have regrets at the end of a match that it let slip. A point in front, the Three Lions seize the head of the group.
The match that interests the Blues: Croatia returns to three points
Defeated by France and Portugal for their first two games, Croatia and Sweden absolutely had to take points so as not to already be dropped in the group of Blues. And in this little game, it was Luka Modric’s partners who came out winners at home (2-1). While Duje Caleta-Car (OM) was titular in the Croatian defense, his partner Nikola Vlasic opened the scoring from the right (31st), before Marcus Berg equalized closely (66th).
The Croats, who had conceded eight goals in their last two meetings (four in Portugal and four in France), managed to win in the finish thanks to Andrej Kramarić (84th). And with three points now, put a (small) pressure on the France team (2nd with 6 points), which faces Portugal this Sunday evening (8:45 p.m.).
The lack: without Depay, the Netherlands cannot do it
“I think there is a lot of potential in this team. We can already compete with bigger European teams ”, assured Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong at a pre-match press conference. But kept in check while traveling on the field of modest Bosnia-Herzegovina (0-0) of the neo-Barcelona Miralem Pjanic, the Netherlands still have work to do.
The Lyonnais Memphis Depay was suspended for this meeting, supplemented at the tip of the attack by Luuk de Jong. Already beaten by Mexico (0-1) for its first on the Batavian bench on Wednesday, its coach Frank de Boer will quickly have to find the right formula to exploit the potential touted by his player.
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