Sunday , April 18 2021

League of Nations: England – Croatia, UEFA dreams final



Thanks to a draw in Italy (0-0), Portugal is officially qualified for the Final Four. Despite the absence of Cristian Ronaldo, the Fernando Santos men are the first to validate his ticket.

League A: A draw and a qualification for the National Team

Despite San Siro's support and bullet ownership (65%), Italy was unable to get rid of Portugal. Following an excellent Marco Verratti, Squadra Azzurra got some good situations (5th, 7th, 35th, 38th, 49th), but this was not enough to blow up the opposing team's barrier. It also took a great stop of Gianluigi Donnarumma to avoid an opening by William Carvalho (76th). And the bad series continues: the Seleção never won in Italian territory (eleven losses and two draws), but that does not matter, since the essential was guaranteed with this point, which allows the troops of Fernando Santos to validate their passage for the Final Four , which will be organized in Portugal. Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Guerreiro and Pepe, the European champions of 2016 suffered, but the qualification is well and truly the meeting point.

League B: Sweden make its final

Thanks to his victory in Turkey (1-0, Andreas Granqvist), Sweden remain in the race to finish first in Group 2. With three points behind Russia, the Scandinavians will imperatively win in the final next Tuesday against Stanislav Tchertchessov's men. In its turn, the Turks are officially relegated to League C.

League C: Scotland does not let go, Romania nor

On the way to Albania, Scotland did not miss the opportunity to return to Israel first in Group 1. Thanks to the achievements of Ryan Fraser, Steven Fletcher (in the penalty) and James Forrest (author of a double)Alex McLeish's men will be able to play a XXL poster next Tuesday (8:45 pm at Hampden Park). Defeated 2-1 in the first round, the "Tartan Army" knows the procedure to follow to expect a promotion in League B.

Moreover, in Group 4, Romania has not said its last word. After the victory of the Serbian leader over Montenegro (2-1, Adem Ljajic and Aleksandar Mitrovic), Cosmin Contra's troops are still alive thanks to their 3-0 victory over Lithuania (George Puscas, Claudiu Keseru and Nicolae Stanciu). A victory that allows them to remain ambushed with two points behind the Serbs. Everything is possible before the final day of Tuesday night (Serbia – Lithuania and Montenegro – Romania), even though Nemanja Matic's teammates are still in a favorable draw.

League D: Kosovo keeps his hand

With their success in Malta (5-0), Kosovo continues to dominate their fate in Group 3. While Vedat Muriqi, Benjamin Kololli, Donis Avdijaj (double author) and Milot Rashica were responsible for making the difference this Saturday night, Bernard Challandes' troops hold two points ahead of Azerbaijan, which prevailed against the Faroe Islands (2-0, Dimitrij Nazarov and Mahir Madatov). However, it will be necessary to wait until next Tuesday and the clash at the top between the two teams to know the identity of the lucky to reach the C-League. See you at 20:45 at the Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri in Pristina.


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