Belgium 2-0 England: Player Ratings as Red Devils Secure Easy Win

Belgium 2-0 England: Player Ratings as Red Devils Secure Easy Win

Goals from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens were enough to give Belgium a 2-0 win over England on Sunday, with the result ending the Three Lions' chances of topping their Nations League group. The hosts took the lead inside ten minutes with Youri Tielemans' shot deflecting off Eric Dier and past Jordan Pickford. Soon after, the Red Devils doubled their lead when Dries Mertens curled home a fine 25-yard free kick. After the break, England enjoyed the lion's share of possession and carved out a few half chances. However, they couldn't find a breakthrough, with Belgium coasting to a 2-0 win. Here are your player ratings for both sides... Courtois made a few important stops in the Belgian goal  Thibaut Courtois (GK) - 7/10 -

Italy 2-0 Poland: Jorginho and Berardi put dominant Azzurri on top

Italy 2-0 Poland: Jorginho and Berardi put dominant Azzurri on top

Italy moved top of Nations League Group A1 heading into the final matchday as a Jorginho penalty and Domenico Berardi’s late goal sealed a 2-0 win over 10-man Poland. With coach Roberto Mancini isolating after testing positive for COVID-19, his team turned in an accomplished display in Reggio Emilia as they extended their unbeaten run to 21 matches. Jorginho’s 27th-minute spot-kick proved crucial, with the penalty awarded for Grzegorz Krychowiak hauling down Andrea Belotti, whose earlier venture into an offside position had cancelled out Lorenzo Insigne’s would-be opener. Though Belotti and Nicolo Barella squandered chances to add to Italy’s lead, Poland’s comeback hopes all but ended when Jacek Goralski received a second yellow card, with Berardi subsequently adding gloss to a dominant display. Italy thought they had their reward for a bright

Belgium 2-0 England: Three Lions´ Nations League Finals hopes ended

Belgium 2-0 England: Three Lions´ Nations League Finals hopes ended

England hopes of reaching the Nations League Finals were ended as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Belgium. Gareth Southgate’s side needed at least a draw to ensure their chances of topping Group A2 remained alive going into their final game against Iceland. However, first-half goals from Dries Mertens and Youri Tielemans put the hosts on track for a win that leaves them needing just a point in their final group game against Denmark to reach the Finals. Belgium made a strong start to proceedings as some front-footed defending from Jan Vertonghen was followed by the ball being fired up toward Tielemans, whose shot took a deflection off Tyrone Mings before going in off the post just 10 minutes in. England almost hit back

The Germany Lineup That Should Start Against Spain

The Germany Lineup That Should Start Against Spain

Germany will be keen to keep the momentum going following their 3-1 win over Ukraine when they face Spain in the Nations League on Tuesday. The Germans looked more like themselves against Ukraine, having endured a worrying run of results previously, and showcased their attacking prowess as they ran out comfortable winners. Here's the side Joachim Low should select against Spain. Manuel Neuer is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world and has bags of international experience.  Manuel Neuer (GK) - Neuer is one of the first names on the team sheet and is another example of an iconic and well-respected German goalkeeper. His unique style always adds excitement. Matthias Ginter (RB) - Ginter was sound defensively in the previous game, got forward at every

The Spain Lineup That Should Start Against Germany

The Spain Lineup That Should Start Against Germany

Spain will be keen to go one better than the draw they managed with Switzerland in their last outing when they face Germany in the Nations League on Tuesday. La Roja slipped to second in Group 4 of League A after Germany capitalised on that draw to beat Ukraine 3-1. Sergio Ramos missed two penalties in the last game, but Luis Enrique's men are still in a good position in the group and will surely be up for the battle against Germany in what is a re-run of the 2008 European Championship final. Here's the side Enrique should name to face Germany. Sergio Ramos saw two penalties saved in Spain's 1-1 draw with Switzerland.  Unai Simon (GK) - The current form of fellow Spaniards Kepa

Santos explains Jota decision after Portugal fall to France

Santos explains Jota decision after Portugal fall to France

Fernando Santos defended his decision to start Diogo Jota on the bench as Portugal fell to France in the Nations League. N’Golo Kante’s 53rd-minute goal proved to be enough for France on Saturday as the world champions claimed top spot in Group A3 and a place in the Finals. Santos opted for a front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva and Joao Felix in Lisbon, with Jota introduced shortly after Kante’s goal. The Liverpool forward had eight passes in the opposition half, as many as Silva managed in his 72 minutes, but finished without a shot on goal. But Santos said the attack was not Portugal’s problem against France, defending the decision to start Jota from the bench. “As I said before, this team played

Werner thrilled to mark Leipzig return with Germany brace

Werner thrilled to mark Leipzig return with Germany brace

Timo Werner was delighted to mark his return to Leipzig with a brace in Germany’s 3-1 win over Ukraine on Saturday. After Leroy Sane cancelled out Roman Yaremchuk’s opener at Red Bull Arena Leipzig, Werner scored a double as Germany went top of Nations League Group A4. Werner, RB Leipzig’s all-time leading goalscorer, left the Bundesliga club for Chelsea in June, but starred back at his previous home. The forward was pleased with his brace and said Germany were only getting better. “My first goal was really simple because the assist from Leon [Goretzka] was very, very good,” Werner told DFB.de. “To score two goals here in Leipzig, where I had four great years, is a great feeling. I always enjoy returning to Leipzig. It’s

Coronavirus: Norway´s Nations League clash with Romania postponed as squad told to isolate

Coronavirus - Norway´s Nations League clash with Romania postponed as squad told to isolate

Norway’s Nations League clash with Romania on Sunday has been called off after the country’s health authorities banned the team from travelling due to a positive coronavirus case. The Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) confirmed on Friday that Galatasaray defender Omar Elabdellaoui had contracted COVID-19 and was isolating from the rest of the squad. Norway had hoped to play this weekend’s match at the National Arena in Bucharest as planned, but they have now been prevented from doing so. NFF president Terje Svendsen said in a statement on Saturday: “The Norwegian Football Federation believes that we can travel within the regulations. “The Norwegian government says no to this. We disagree with that, but of course we cannot defy the government.” It is the first Nations League match

Santos credits Deschamps´ team selection in deserved France win

Santos credits Deschamps´ team selection in deserved France win

Fernando Santos acknowledged France were deserving winners against Portugal in the Nations League on Saturday as the world champions’ set-up frustrated the hosts. Les Bleus beat Portugal 1-0 in Lisbon, gaining a small measure of revenge after losing the Euro 2016 final to Santos’ side on home soil and advancing to the Nations League Finals at the expense of the holders. Although Anthony Martial had a series of early chances and finished with five shots, the sole goal in the Group A3 fixture came courtesy of N’Golo Kante. Cristiano Ronaldo was wasteful at the other end, failing to hit the target with five of his six efforts, but it was out wide where Santos felt France gained the upper hand. Kingsley Coman started up front in the

Luis Enrique defends striker-less system after Spain rescue late draw

Luis Enrique defends striker-less system after Spain rescue late draw

Luis Enrique defended his decision to start without a recognised striker after Spain required a last-minute goal to snatch a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s Nations League clash with Switzerland. Spain were heading for successive Group A4 defeats before substitute Gerard Moreno struck to cancel out Remo Freuler’s first-half opener in a game that saw Sergio Ramos miss two penalties. Having started with Gerard and Alvaro Morata in Wednesday’s 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands, Luis Enrique reverted back to his striker-less system at St Jakob-Park by recalling Dani Olmo to lead the line. It was ultimately Villarreal striker Gerard who made the difference for Spain as he got on the end of Sergio Reguilon’s left-sided cross and clinically converted from seven yards out – one of