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France beat Austria 2-0 and scare away risk of relegation in Nations League

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France faced Austria for the fifth round of the first division of League of Nations this Thursday. The French were better and won 2-0. The result took the team from the bottom of Group A1.

Now, the French team is in third place in the group, with five points. However, they can still be relegated in the tournament depending on the results of the next round, in which they face Denmark. Austria took the bottom with four points and cannot lose this Sunday, against Croatia, to stay in the first division.

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The best chances of the first half were wasted by the French. The first goal only came in the second half, when Mbappé managed to open the scoring. After Austria missed the ball, the ace received it in a rush and went through everyone. From the entrance of the area, he hit the middle of the goal and the goalkeeper did not reach. Then, Griezmann crossed to the area and Giroud reached higher to put in the back of the net and expand the score.

Belgium x Wales

In the Nations League group A4, Belgium defeated Wales 2-1 at home. The team led by coach Roberto Martínez did not have the injured Romelu Lukaku, but won with goals from De Bruyne and Batshuayi. Gareth Bale only came on in the second half and scored with Kieffer Moore.

With the result, the Belgian team assumes the second position of the group and guarantees the classification for the knockout stage of the League of Nations. Wales, on the other hand, sink to the bottom with just one point added and are in danger of being relegated.

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poland vs netherlands

Also in group A4, the Netherlands visited Poland away from home and won 2-0. The mechanical orange was superior to the rival throughout the match, even losing Koopmeiners and Memphis Depay through injury. The winning goals were scored by PSV’s Cody Gakpo and Ajax’s Steven Bergwijn. Lewandowski was a starter in the Polish team, but it wasn’t enough to balance the duel.

The triumph keeps the Netherlands at the top of the table with 13 points. In the next round, they will have a direct duel for the lead against Belgium, in Amsterdam. Poland has four points and will also play a decisive clash against Wales, in the next round, worth staying in the first division of the Nations League.

Check out the other Nations League results

Kazakhstan 2 x 1 Belarus

Latvia 1 x 2 Republic of Moldova

Slovakia 1 x 1 Azerbaijan

Liechtenstein 0 x 2 Andorra

Croatia 2 x 1 Denmark

Turkey 3 x 3 Luxembourg

Lithuania 1 x 1 Faroe Islands

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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