Michy Batshuayi is Belgium's match winner in the match against Iceland. (Photo: dpa)
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Severe matches in the Nations League: Spain loses at the last minute against Croatia and thus forgives the chance to win the group. The World Cup third Belgium has almost certainly the participation in the finals tournament. Bosnia-Herzegovina is already celebrating the rise.
Third-placed Belgium have taken pole position in the Football Nations League for the finals. The "Red Devils" took over by a 2-0 (0-0) against Iceland, the leaders in Group 2 of the A Division and thus need to conclude against the previous leader Switzerland only a draw to secure participation in the final tournament next summer. For Belgium, Michy Batshuayi was the celebrated match winner. The ex-Dortmunder secured the victory of the home team, in which the Bundesliga pros Axel Witsel (Dortmund) and Thorgan Hazard (Mönchengladbach) were part of the starting lineup, with a double (65th and 81st) single-handedly. Jedvaj meets at the last minute Tin Jedvaj shoots Croatia to victory (Photo: imago / Grubisic) In the meantime, former World Champion Spain in his last Group 4 game has decided to go in his favor with a 2: 3 (0: 0) in World Cup Croatia hope for a draw in the group final on Sunday between the Balkan team and England to reach the final round as group winners (5 to 9 June 2019). Spain had a harder time at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb, Croatia's capital, than the furious 6-0 first-leg coup. The team transformed by coach Luis Enrique after the World Cup round of 16 knockout in the first half from 70 percent possession of the ball did not capitalize: not a shot brought the Spaniards on the opposing goal. Croatia's chances of winning the group kept the Bundesliga duo Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim) and Tin Jedvaj (Leverkusen), who scored with a second-half goal for a successful revenge of the runner-up for the historic 0-6 first-leg defeat. Previously, Zagreb's hosts had twice taken the lead through Kramaric (54) and Jedvaj's first (69.), but Spain equalized with Daniel Ceballos (56) and Sergio Ramos (78th, penalty) each. The winner of the duel between the Croats and England moves into the finals, in a draw Spain is group winners. Austria is group-sitting debut Abitur has to write off the rise in the A-Division Austria. The team of the German coach Franco Foda gambled his last theoretical chance on the overall victory in the B Group 3 by a 0-0 against the now established as a group winner frontrunner Bosnia-Herzegovina. At the end of the group matches Austria meets in meaningless match on Sunday in Belfast on Northern Ireland. In the team of Bosnia-Herzegovina the stars Miralem Pjanic of Juventus Turin and Edin Dzeko of AS Rome set the tone. Ex-Bundesliga professional Dzeko had one of the best chances to score the guests after just under an hour when he put a shot from Nahdistanz over the box. Five minutes later, Austria's goalkeeper Heinz Lindner scored another huge opportunity from Haris Duljevic of second division side Dynamo Dresden.Finland rises despite bankruptcy More on the subject In the C Division, Finland are in Group 2 despite a 0: 1 (0: 1 ) in former European champion Greece as promoted to the B group. The Hellenes celebrated in the first game, under the direction of the new selection coach Angelos Anastasiades, however, a lucky victory. For the third victory in the fifth group game of the league C caused namely Unlucky Albin Granlund with an own goal (25). Anastasiades' predecessor Michael Skibbe was on leave at the 2004 European Championships three weeks ago. In the same group avoided the descent by a 2-0 (1-0) against the beaten last light Estonia, the Leipzig Willi Orban (8) with made his first international goal and the Hoffenheim Adam Szalai (69) perfect. In Group D of the D-League, Luxembourg lost the first chance of promotion by 0-2 (0-1) against Belarus.