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Portugal rolls out, England stumbles / Nations League (J4)

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 15, 2020

The 4th day of the League of Nations ended on Wednesday with the holding of about twenty meetings all over Europe. Renowned selections were out, and they had mixed fortunes. While Portugal were impressive against Sweden, England disappointed at home against Denmark. The evening clash between Italy and the Netherlands resulted in a draw, while Belgium got the better of Iceland on the smallest of gaps.

Portugal shines without Ronaldo

In the group of France, Portugal therefore hit hard. Despite the absence of its star Cristiano Ronaldo, the Seleçao outclassed its Scandinavian opponent (3-0). Diogo Jota was the hero of the meeting with a successful brace, just after Bernardo Silva put his own on the road to success. With this result, the European champion will be in a favorable ballot when receiving the Blues in a month.

Hung by Poland three days ago, Italy still had to share the honors. This time it was against the Netherlands. But, the Azzurri do not have to be ashamed of this performance. They delivered a nice copy, but the opponent was eye-catching. Lorenzo Pellegrini had opened the scoring for the gang at Mancini, before Donny Van De Beek equalized for the visitors. By giving up two points, the Nazionale let Poland take the lead of its group. The Eagles crushed Bosnia (3-0). Robert Lewandowski scored twice.

Lewandowski and Lukaku woke up

The evening sensation came from Wembley where England conceded a setback against Denmark. While they remained on a prestigious success against Belgium, the Three Lions lost against Eriksen and his teammates. The Inter midfielder also scored the only goal of the match on a penalty. This poor performance is mainly due to the expulsion of Harry Maguire just before the half hour of the game. With one less man, the Southgate team could not aspire to much in this part.

Belgium, for its part, rebounded well by going to win in Iceland. Romelu Lukaku scored twice, improving his record for international goals.

In League B of this League of Nations we will note the success of Finland against Eire (1-0). Gareth Bale’s Wales won in Bulgaria (1-0), while Austria took over Romania (1-0). Russia and Hungary parted with a score of parity, as did Turkey and Serbia (2-2).