Alex Mott·6 June 2022
Alex Mott·6 June 2022
Another midweek round of Nations League action sees some fascinating fixtures all across Europe.
Let’s see what happened.
Austria v Denmark
Scorers: Højbjerg 27′; Schlager 67′, Stryger 84′
Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg had the visitors ahead just before the 30-minute mark when he finished off his own play with a strong run from midfield.
But the hosts were able to make things all square in the second half when Xaver Schlager equalised following an error from Kasper Schmeichel.
And it looked as though the points would be split between the two sides until substitute Jens Stryger placed the ball perfectly in the top right corner from the top of the box late on.
It’s just his third-ever international goal for Denmark which sent them three points clear.
Scorers: Kramarić (PEN) 83′; Rabiot 53′
France were made to pay for some missed chances in Zagreb as Croatia netted a late penalty to secure a 1-1 draw.
Dider Deschamps’ side were coming off the back of a shock loss to Denmark on Friday but the coach named a much-changed XI here with the likes of Lucas Digne and Moussa Diaby coming in.
The new faces couldn’t do much to liven things up in the opening exchanges though with neither side having an effort to speak of.
France thought they had taken the lead through Christopher Nkunku late on but his effort was ruled out as the half time whistle blew.
Into the second half and Les Bleus finally found the breakthrough just before the hour mark as Adrien Rabiot linked well with Wissam Ben Yedder and finished well.
The home side pushed forward looking for an equaliser but were struggling to find that cutting edge in front of goal.
That left plenty of gaps in defence but despite going through on goal, Antoine Griezmann was unable to beat the goalkeeper with his effort on 78 minutes.
Amazingly though, Croatia did manage to pull one back with seven minutes to go as the referee awarded a penalty for a trip in the area that Andrej Kramaric converted.
Griezmann had a chance to win the game with almost the last kick but his effort went just wide of the left-hand post when it looked easier to score.
League B Group 2
League C Group 3
League D Group 1
Tomorrow’s fixtures include Germany v England and Italy v Hungary.