The UEFA Nations League is back following the international break. There were several big teams playing in the Nations League last night, including France, Belgium, Croatia, and the Netherlands. However, Belgium sealed the victory against Wales, while France beat Austria with a two-goal margin.
Belgium VS Wales
Belgium faced Wales last night in Group 4. Wales haven’t won a single match in Group 4. So, they went to Belgium to seal their first victory. In this match, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez played his best possible XI against Wales. He set up the team formation with 3-4-2-1. The manager deployed Kevin de Bruyne in the midfield with Eden Hazard. On the other hand, Wales boss Rob Page also used the 3-4-2-1 formation against the home team.
Anyway, Belgium dominated the first half as the home team. They started pressing the opponents from the beginning of the game. As a result, Belgium didn’t have to wait much to take the lead. Midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne first wrote his name on the scoresheet as he found the net in the 10th minute.
The home team doubled their lead in the first half. In the 37th minute, Michy Batshuayi scored the 2nd goal for Belgium with De Bruyne’s assist. However, Wales returned a goal in the 2nd half, but that was not enough to get points from this match.
France beat Austria
The world champion France beat Austria at Stade de France. Last night, they faced off each other in Group 1. France are not in their top form for a long time. Before the Austria clash, France didn’t win a single match after playing four games in the Nations League. They lost two and tied two.
However, France had to win the match against Austria to keep the hope for the next round alive. So, the France boss Didier Deschamps played a very strong line-up against Austria. He set up the team formation with 3-4-1-2, where Kylian Mbappe and Oliver Giroud played as the front two.
Although France created some crucial chances in the first half, they failed to get a goal. Austria also failed to score in the first half. As a result, the first half ended at 0-0. Returning from the break, the home team played better football than in the first half. In the 56th minute, France took the lead as Kylian Mbappe scored a stunning goal for France. Ten minutes later, the home team doubled their lead. This time, Oliver Giroud found the net with the help of Griezmann. However, both teams couldn’t score more in the remaining minutes. Therefore, France got their first victory in the UEFA Nations League.