Belgium end England’s Nations League chances as Scotland made to wait

Belgium end England’s Nations League chances as Scotland made to wait

Wales face a group decider against Finland on Wednesday. England’s slim hopes of returning to UEFA Nations League finals came to an end. As beaten 2-0 by Belgium in Group A2.

First-half strikes from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens proved enough to sink Gareth Southgate’s side, who were without the likes of Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire.

Tielemans grabbed the opener after 10 minutes and, after Harry Kane – making his 50th England appearance – saw a chance cleared off the line, the world’s top-ranked team doubled their lead through a brilliant Mertens free-kick.

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Harry Kane endured a frustrating night in Belgium (DIRK WAEM via Belga)

Scotland missed a chance to clinch top spot in Group B2 as they were brought back down to earth with a bump in Slovakia.

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Just days after their famous penalty shoot-out win in Serbia to qualify for the Euro 2020 finals, the Scots were sunk by a deflected long-range effort from Jan Gregus in the first half.

Oli McBurnie and Leigh Griffiths were both denied after the break, but the Scots can still win the group if they beat Israel on Wednesday.

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Scotland brought back down to earth in Slovakia (Martin Baumann/TASR)

Wales stayed top of Group B4 with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium.

David Brooks headed the only goal of the game after 66 minutes, maintaining a one-point lead over Finland, who they face in their final group fixture in Cardiff on Wednesday.

The Republic, who were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time after Jeff Hendrick was red-carded, face a relegation decider against Bulgaria in Dublin.

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David Brooks headed Wales to a win over the Republic of Ireland (Nick Potts/PA)

There more frustration for Northern Ireland. As two late goals consigned them. To 2-1 defeat in Austria and likely relegation.

Josh Magennis gave visitors lead. As they rebounded well from the disappointment of missing out. On Euro 2020 qualification three days ago.

But late goals from Louis Schaub and Adrian Grbic turned tie around. With Northern Ireland’s fate set to sealed if. As expected, Romania awarded three points from the postponed game against Norway.

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Northern Ireland fell to a late defeat in Austria (Florian Schrotter/PA)

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Two Christian Eriksen penalties earned Denmark a narrow 2-1 win over Iceland and gives them hope of overhauling the Belgians when Group A2’s top two meet on Wednesday.

Danes’ hopes appeared to have extinguished. When Vidar Kjartansson equalised for visitors in 85th minute. But Eriksen made most of the second spot-kick opportunity deep in injury time.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice as Holland got their campaign back on track with a 3-1 win over Bosnia, which relegates the visitors from Group A1.

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Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice in Italy’s win over Bosnia (John Thys/AP)

Wijnaldum scored both his goals in opening 14 minutes. Before Memphis Depay added a third. With Smail Prevljak scoring late consolation for Bosnia.

Italy stays top of the group after a 2-0 win over Poland. And seal victory in the group if they win in Bosnia on Wednesday.

An early Jorginho penalty. And a second-half strike from Domenico Berardi clinched victory for Italians. While Poland had Jacek Goralski sent off late on.

Belgium end England’s Nations League chances as Scotland made to wait

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