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Portugal, France lose perfect records; England beats Belgium

England moved a point ahead of second-place Belgium and three above Denmark which beat Iceland 3-0. STALEMATES Italy was held to a 0-0 draw against Poland but remained top of its group after the Netherlands drew by the same score against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

PTI | Milan | Updated: 12-10-2020 09:03 IST | Created: 12-10-2020 09:03 IST
Portugal, France lose perfect records; England beats Belgium

Portugal and France lost their perfect records in this season's UEFA Nations League after playing out a 0-0 draw against each other, and Belgium saw its 13-match unbeaten run ended by a 2-1 defeat against England. Two of the sport's best forwards were kept quiet at a chilly Stade de France on Sunday.

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo had a good chance in the second minute of injury time, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris palmed away his angled shot from the left. France's Kylian Mbappe was substituted near the end after having failed to make an impression against the Nations League champion's resolute defense. Portugal stays top in Group 3 of League A, ahead of France on goal difference, with both teams on seven points.

Third-place Croatia has three points after beating Sweden 2-1. Substitute Andrej Kramarić scored the winner in that match, nine minutes after coming off the bench. ENGLAND COMEBACK England came from behind to beat Belgium and move top in Group 2 of League A.

Marcus Rashford's penalty cancelled out Romelu Lukaku's spot kick in the first half before Mason Mount's looping, deflected shot clinched England's first victory over a top-ranked team in nine years. England moved a point ahead of second-place Belgium and three above Denmark which beat Iceland 3-0.

STALEMATES Italy was held to a 0-0 draw against Poland but remained top of its group after the Netherlands drew by the same score against Bosnia-Herzegovina. The match was supposed to pit two of Europe's top goalscorers against each other in Robert Lewandowski and Ciro Immobile. However, Italy coach Roberto Mancini surprisingly left Immobile on the bench.

Italy is a point above the Netherlands and Poland in Group 1 of League A. It plays the Netherlands on Wednesday. HAALAND HAT TRICK Erling Haaland netted a hat trick to help Norway thrash Romania 4-0 and assuage its European Championship playoff disappointment.

Alexander Sørloth scored Norway's other goal. Haaland already has six goals in the competition. Norway lost a Euro 2020 playoff to Serbia on Thursday.

Norway is level on six points with leader Austria in Group 1 of League B. Austria beat host Northern Ireland 1-0.

OTHER MATCHES Finland beat Bulgaria 2-0 in Group 4 of League B and Ireland drew 0-0 against Wales. Also in League B, it was: Israel 1, Czech Republic 2; Scotland 1, Slovakia 0; Russia 1, Turkey 1; and Serbia 0, Hungary 1.

There were four draws in League C: Armenia 2, Georgia 2; Estonia 3, North Macedonia 3; Kazakhstan 0, Albania 0; and Lithuania 2, Belarus 2. Also, Greece beat Moldova 2-0 and Slovenia won 1-0 in Kosovo. AP SSC SSC


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