Giroud makes France fly (but Maignan gets hurt). Well Croatia, Belgium and Holland

The Milan goalkeeper went out in the 45th minute with a pain in the calf. Turkey’s draw at home to Luxembourg (3-3)

The big winners, but Maignan and Koopmeiners leave the field earlier than expected: the first due to injury, the second due to a blow to the head. On the fifth day of the Nations League, France (2-0), Croatia (2-1), Belgium (2-1) and Holland (0-2 away) are exalted, respectively engaged with Austria, Denmark, Wales and Poland. Mbappè and Giroud drag the world champions, Under also scores, pushing his Turkey towards a draw (3-3) against Luxembourg. The match between Calzona and De Biasi, Italian coaches of Slovakia and Azerbaijan, ends 1-2, while Lithuania draws 1-1 with the Faroe Islands. Kazakhstan, Moldova and Andorra also celebrate.


On the fifth attempt, France took their first victory in group A1. In the match against Arnautovic’s Austria, the world champions deploy Maignan between the posts and Giroud in the trident with Mbappé and Griezmann. In the first half Sabitzer tries to worry the Milan goalkeeper, the French respond with Kylian who spoils two opportunities close to the half hour. At 35 ‘Tchouameni hits the crossbar with a bicycle kick, at half-time the score is still 0-0. Bad news for Milan: Areola takes the place of Maignan, blocked by a muscle problem. In the second half, France manages to realize, first with Mbappé and then with Giroud. The PSG star takes advantage of an error by Sabitzer and starts on the counterattack, dodges three opponents and beats Pentz: The AC Milan player doubles with his specialty, perfectly goring on Griezmann’s cross: 2-0. This is a historic evening for Olivier who, as the saying goes, is as good as aged wine. With this goal, the AC Milan player becomes the oldest Frenchman to have scored with the transalpine shirt at 35 years and 357 days. And it doesn’t end there, because Olivier is two points away from the best scorer of the French national team of all time: Thierry Henry, who has stopped 51 goals. In the same group, Croatia beats Denmark 2-1 and blows them the first place in the standings: in Zagreb they play owners Brozovic, Pasalic and the former Nerazzurri Kovacic and Perisic, who launch the challenge to Kjaer, Maehle, Eriksen, Skov Olsen & Co. The first half is balanced, in the second half Sosa (at 49 ‘) and Majer (at 79’, one minute after his entry into the field) decide, both hit with a shot from the edge. Eriksen’s eurogol, author of the momentary 1-1 with a right from distance, is not enough for the Danes, nor is the first appearance with the senior national team of the Atalanta Hojlund.


Despite the absence of Lukaku, Belgium is holding on to second place in group A4 thanks to the plays of Kevin De Bruyne. The red devils initially left many “Italians” on the bench: De Ketelaere (on the field in the final), Saelemaekers and the former Mertens, Theate and Castagne. The opponent of the day is the Wales of Ampadu and Bale (excluded from the starting eleven), who after 11 ‘goes behind for a shot from the edge by De Bruyne. Belgium dominated, Tielemans nearly doubled, then De Bruyne hit the post again and, in the 37th minute, Batshuayi needed a ball that was only to be pushed into the net. At the end of the first half the result is 2-0. At 50 ‘Moore shortens the distance with a header, but in the end the experience of Belgium prevails, administering the advantage and winning 2-1. At the top of the group there is always the Netherlands, who obtain a success (0-2) at home to Poland “marked Serie A”: Szczesny, Glik, Kiwior, Zalewski, Zielinski and Linetty (replaced in the middle of the game by Milik) fail to oppose Depay and associates. After just 6 ‘, the guests lose Koopmeiners, who goes out on a stretcher for a blow to the head. At 14 ‘they score with Gakpo who, one meter from the goal line, deflects a chocolate served to him by the Inter player Dumfries. The doubling came at game time, with a shot from Bergwijn close to the goalkeeper. De Ligt and De Vrij remain on the bench for the entire match.


In group 1, Turkey and Luxembourg are the protagonists with a heated question and answer in the Basaksehir stadium. The guests go on in the 9th minute with Martins, who uses a pass-assist from the goalkeeper and an error by the opposing defense. At 14 ‘Under equalized from the spot, but Luxembourg did not give up and continued to become dangerous thanks to the plays of the wards Rodrigues and Borges Sanches, 18 years old from Monchengladbach. The star shows off in the 37th minute serving Sinani the 1-2 ball. Shortly after Chanot – who had already caused the 1-1 penalty – scores an own goal: 2-2. In the second half Under continues to unleash, inventing two wasted assists by his teammates. At 69 ‘Luxembourg scored again with Rodrigues, who overtook Cakir with a first intention. The goal of the final 3-3 arrives in the 87th minute, with a splendid “shot” from the edge of the debutant Yuksek. Lithuania and the Faroe Islands drew (1-1, goals by Andreasen and Slivka), while in group C3 Kazakhstan beat Belarus 2-1 (goals from Gabyshev and Zaynutdinov were decisive). Kazakhstan remains at the top of the group, but Slovakia has nothing to do. In the all-Italian match between the coaches Calzona – who focuses on Skriniar and Lobotka – and De Biasi (at the helm of Azerbaijan), the latter wins in injury time. After Dadashov’s 0-1, Jirka equalized the scores on penalties in the 93rd minute. Calzona rejoices, but the triple whistle is still far away: Haghverdi takes advantage of it from a corner kick, marking the final 1-2 with a header.


In group 1, Moldova win at home to Latvia, thanks to goals from Revenco and Nicolaescu both arrived in the first half. Ikaunieks achieves the 1-2 in the second half but it is not enough to avoid the defeat of the Latvians, who still remain first in the standings, at +2 precisely from Moldova. Liechtenstein is still at zero points, defeated 0-2 by Andorra (goals from Ubach and Cervos).

Giroud makes France fly (but Maignan gets hurt). Well Croatia, Belgium and Holland