Denmark stun France in Paris as Netherlands beat four Belgium – Nations League roundup | Soccer News
Andreas Cornelius came off the bench to score twice as Denmark fought back to beat Nations League holders France 2-1 at the Stade de France on Friday night.
Karim Benzema had a first-half effort ruled out for offside but he made no mistake in the 51st minute, cutting in from the right and playing a one-two with Christopher Nkunku before dribbling past another pair of Danish defenders and shoot at home to give France. the head.
Denmark were under pressure for most of the second half, but equalized through substitute Cornelius when he deftly sent home a pass from Pierre Hojbjerg, and beat the offside trap to score the winner in the 88th minute.
France travel to Croatia for their next game on Monday, while the Danes face another away match against group leaders Austria, who beat the Croatians 3-0 in their opener.
Elsewhere in the Nations League, Memphis Depay scored a brace as the Netherlands completed 25 years without success against neighbors Belgium with a 4-1 beating their hosts in the Nations League in Brussels.
Steven Bergwijn and Denzel Dumfries scored the other two goals as the Dutch ended Belgium’s nearly six-year home unbeaten record in a brutal upset for the side, which had topped the FIFA rankings for three years until his recent dismissal.
Bergwijn hammered outside the box in the 40th minute to give the Dutch a deserved half-time lead before Depay and Dumfries added more in the second half in a decisive performance.
Belgium, who lost Romelu Lukaku to injury early on, scored a consolation three minutes into stoppage time through Michy Batshuayi but were badly exposed at the back and the result will be a serious setback as the preparation for the World Cup later this year.
Meanwhile, Ralf Rangnick’s tenure as Austriathe new coach of got off to a perfect start beating Croatia 3-0 in their opener of the new Nations League campaign.
Goals from Marko Arnautovic, Michael Gregoritsch and Marcel Sabitzer helped Austria top League A Group 1 after Denmark secured a 2-1 away win against France in the other fixture .
Austria took the lead against the run of play just before half-time when Arnautovic raced alone past the defense and fired a shot from the edge of the box into the bottom right corner.
Substitute Gregoritsch doubled Austria’s 54th-minute lead on the counterattack with a fine first-touch strike, while Sabitzer made it 3-0 three minutes later.
Midfielder Ivan Perisic, star young defender Josko Gvardiol and defender Sime Vrsaljko were unavailable for coach Zlatko Dalic due to injury as Croatia suffered their first loss since the Euro 2020 final in June.
Austria – who missed out on World Cup qualification – were without David Alaba, who did not travel with the squad after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid last week.
In the other two meetings of the evening, Moldova won 2-0 at Liechtenstein while 19-year-old Tomas Suslov scored the game’s only goal as Slovakia got their Nations League campaign off to a flying start in Belarus.
Among the upcoming fixtures, Belgium host Poland in their second Nations League Group A4 on Wednesday June 8 at 7:45 p.m. while the Netherlands visit Wales the same evening at 7:45 p.m. in Cardiff.
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