Belgium beat Denmark 2-2 on Wednesday, Romelu Lukaku scored twice and booked a place in the final of the Nations League.
Roberto Martinez’s top-ranked team not only needed a draw to qualify but signed with a win that gave them a five-point lead in Group A against Denmark and England – and guaranteed they would join France, Italy and Spain in the final next year.
Yuri Tillemans and Kevin de Bruyne also explored Belgium, although Thibaut Courtois provided a late suspense to his goal.
Within three minutes, Tillemans broke the deadlock when Dennis failed to clear the ball, which had been latched by Leicester midfielder and fired into the bottom right corner.
Christian Eriksen’s brilliance brought visitors back into the match in the 18th minute. Inter Milan set up Martin Braithwaite with a nice long pass and despite striking out one of the striker’s shots, Jonas Wind went on to return.
The goal gave him confidence in Denmark and gave Braithwaite just one more chance to hit one flute after another with Curtis.
But in the 58th minute when de Bruyne fed Lukaku, Belgium took the lead and with a forward effort Casper Schmidt was looped ahead.
Lukaku then scored the 57th international goal with 20 minutes left with a header from a specific cross by Thorgan Hazard.
Curtis had his own goal after failing to control the back pass of Nazar Chadli but the mistake did not prove costly as De Bruyne won with a shot into the far corner.
Elsewhere in Group A2, England Signed out of their Nations League campaign with a 4-0 win over 10-men Iceland, Two-goal Phil Foden will play the lead role.
Italy’s Peepland Netherlands will reach the final four
Italy The beating reached the final four of the League of Nations Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0.
Andre Bellotti and Domenico Berardi scored in a game dominated by Italy to secure a place in Group A and secure the right to host the Nations League final in October next year.
Federico Bernardesi also hit a late-night crossbar, one of the many chances England had previously joined in League B against Bosnia.
Italy was beset by problems in the match, coach Roberto McCini and forward Ciro Immobile were still out due to coronavirus, and many more players were unavailable due to club quarantine and injury.
But they dominated from the start and in the 22nd minute Manuel Loctelli sent Lorenzo Insigna to the left and he headed for Bellotti, whose volley bounced off Bosnian goalkeeper Cannon Piric.
Bosnia equalized shortly before half-time but Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma denied a smile prelude and made a superb save at the point or point-blank range.
Insigny’s curved finish skimmed out of a distant post and then saw Francesco Asarbis head towards a goal and the right straight wide.
But Azzuri doubled his lead in the 68th minute, as Loketelli sent the ball into the top right corner for Belardi to Valley Lee.
Elsewhere in the group, Captain Giorgio Vignalldum scored late. The Netherlands Rally down to a goal to defeat Poland 2-1, new coach Frank de Boer to win from behind.
Camille Jozviak scored a scintillating solo goal to put Poland ahead early, but Vijnalddm equalized for visitors from the penalty spot before winning his two goals against Bosnia over the weekend.
Italy’s victory in Bosnia meant neither of them could top the group, but the Netherlands finished second with 11 points from six matches, one behind the Italians and Poland third.
Ups and downs elsewhere …
Wales Seal of promotion for League A of Nations League after seeing 10-men Finland However 3-1 at Cardiff City Stadium Scotland They lost 1-0 then lost the chance to get promotion Israel.
Northern Ireland’s The Nations League campaign ended in disappointment after a 1-1 draw Romania, While already relegated before kicking off the game Republic of Ireland Avoid getting rid of League C but their worrying target will continue even after a 0-0 draw against Drought Bulgaria.
This Czech Republic Beat the neighbors Slovakia To beat Scotland 2-0 for the top tier promotion in the League of Nations Of Russia In Asha ended with a 5-0 humiliation Serbia like Hungary After killing went instead Turkey 2-0. Aust Striano With 1-1 draw Norway It was also enough to win them a promotion at the top level.
Albania Group C won with the success of Group-2 Belarus While Kazakhstan Delighted after losing 2-1 at home Lithuania.
Armenia At the top of Group C2 after defeating close rivals Northern Macedonia 1-0 while Georgia And Estonia Drew 0-0, and Greece Against Slovenia Also aimless finish. Kosovo There were also 1-0 winners in front Moldova.
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