Belgium dominated England (2-0) on Sunday night and dreams of taking revenge on the France team during the “Final Four” of the League of Nations.
The finals of the very first edition of the League of Nations, in 2019, did not thrill the crowds, Portugal winning after beating Switzerland and then the Netherlands, in Porto. Europe may have the right to a 5-star cast for the next “Final 4” of this competition, in October 2021. The France team, qualified since Saturday evening, can expect 3 huge opponents. At least, for now, Italy, Belgium and Germany are at the top of their respective groups.
Denayer at the top
The Red Devils of Roberto Martinez have just won their shock at the top on Sunday. In Leuven, the Belgians took the upper hand over the English (2-0), as in Russia two years ago, during the match for 3rd place. From the start, a distant strike from Yuri Tielemans, deflected by Tyrone Mings (10th), and a free kick from Dries Mertens (24th), surprised Jordan pickford.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions then took the game on their own but failed to realize their opportunities, like a Harry Kane stumbling several times on Thibaut Courtois. Belgian defense Toby Alderweireld-Jason Denayer (imperial) -Jan Vertonghen gained the upper hand as the game progressed and Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s entries for the last 20 minutes came to nothing.
Belgium-Denmark Wednesday evening
Belgium thus eliminates England from the race for the Final Four but remains under the threat of Denmark in this group 2 of League A. The Danes have indeed imposed on the wire, thanks to a penalty from Christian Eriksen in time additional (92nd), to stay just 2 points behind the Belgians. And this 3 days before the final shock between the two selections, next Wednesday in Brussels. Belgium will obviously be able to settle for a draw to join the Blues in “Final 4”.
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Hugo Lloris (7/10)
Impeccable from the start of the match on a shot from Ronaldo, he held the house when the situation required it. As on this attempt by Guerreiro or this mule strike signed Moutinho at the end of the meeting.
Benjamin Pavard (6.5 / 10)
We would have liked to see him more at the forefront but the Munich player has kept his lane perfectly, especially against a Joao Félix who is totally helpless.
Raphaël Varane (7.5 / 10)
Solid and diligent, he was never caught out and reigned supreme in aerial duels. Particularly valuable on set pieces.
Presnel Kimpembe (7/10)
Some approximations without great consequences and a reassuring service overall. Even Ronaldo broke his teeth there.
Lucas Hernandez (7.5 / 10)
Uncompromising on his side, he short-circuited a number of opposing offensives while bringing the surplus to the opposite camp as soon as he had the opportunity.
Paul Pogba (6/10)
Nothing to do with his sluggish hour spent against Finland three days earlier. Hitting, sharp and much more inspired in his bullet transmissions, he is definitely on the right track.
N’Golo Kanté (7/10)
Beyond his goal, full of opportunism and celebrated with the humility that characterizes him, he proved to be strong in the mid-game, filling in the rare gaps left by his colleagues in the middle and not hesitating to project forward.
Adrien Rabiot (8/10)
At the origin of Kanté’s goal, he especially showed enormous versatility, interesting both in the recovery and in the construction of the game. A very strong link in the new collective of Didier Deschamps.
Antoine Griezmann (8/10)
Spinning the ball at the foot, applied in the direction of the game, he undoubtedly delivered his best game of the season tonight. Of all the good moves of the Blues tonight in Lisbon.
Anthony Martial (5.5 / 10)
Unfortunately, he only missed a goal to achieve his performance full of going in the first period. A little bad luck and the baraka of the opposing doorman keep him in check this evening. Replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 78th minute.
Kingsley Coman (5.5 / 10)
A little more self-effacing than his attacking partner on clear occasions, he was nonetheless impactful, making speak his technique and his vivacity. Interesting despite his silence. Replaced by Marcus Thuram in the 59th minute.