UEFA Nations League: France begin title defence with 2-1 defeat to Denmark, Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1, Ralf Rangnick wins first game against Croatia, Watch HIGHLIGHTS

UEFA Nations League: France 1-2 Denmark, Belgium 1-4 Netherlands – There were only three matches from League A of the UEFA Nations…

UEFA Nations League: France begin title defence with defeat 2-1 to Denmark, Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1, Ralf Rangnick wins first game against Croatia, Watch HIGHLIGHTS
UEFA Nations League: France begin title defence with defeat 2-1 to Denmark, Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1, Ralf Rangnick wins first game against Croatia, Watch HIGHLIGHTS

UEFA Nations League: France 1-2 Denmark, Belgium 1-4 Netherlands – There were only three matches from League A of the UEFA Nations League on Friday night, but all three sent pretty seismic waves around Europe. There were significant wins for the Netherlands and Denmark, while Ralf Rangnick made the perfect start to life as Austria boss after leaving Manchester United. Follow Live Nations League 2022-23 updates with InsideSport.IN

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UEFA Nations League: France begin title defence with defeat 2-1 to Denmark, Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1, Ralf Rangnick wins first game against Croatia, Watch HIGHLIGHTS

UEFA Nations League: League A Group 1

France 1-2 Denmark

A brace from substitute Andreas Cornelius saw Denmark come from behind to beat France.

Karim Benzema was enjoying himself back at Stade de France six days after his exploits there in the Champions League final and went close to breaking the deadlock on several occasions before doing so after 51 minutes, linking up well with Christopher Nkunku and coolly slotting home past Kasper Schmeichel.

UEFA Nations League: France begin title defence with defeat 2-1 to Denmark, Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1, Ralf Rangnick wins first game against Croatia, Watch HIGHLIGHTS
UEFA Nations League: France begin title defence with defeat 2-1 to Denmark, Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1, Ralf Rangnick wins first game against Croatia, Watch HIGHLIGHTS

But that was as good as it got for France as Denmark came roaring back and deservedly turned the game around. A lofted ball over the top from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was volleyed in by Cornelius, who scored the winner with minutes remaining with a powerful strike into the roof of Hugo Lloris’ net.

Croatia 0-3 Austria

Austria put a strong Croatia side to the sword with an emphatic and surprising 3-0 win at the Stadion Gradski vrt.

Champions League winner Luka Modric started on the bench and the Vatreni really could have used him sooner, with manager Zlatko Dalic waiting until his side were three goals down to throw him on.

UEFA Nations League: France begin title defence with defeat 2-1 to Denmark, Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1, Ralf Rangnick wins first game against Croatia, Watch HIGHLIGHTS
UEFA Nations League: France begin title defence with defeat 2-1 to Denmark, Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1, Ralf Rangnick wins first game against Croatia, Watch HIGHLIGHTS

Marko Arnautovic gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time against the run of play with a superb strike from 18 yards.

Things went from bad to worse for Croatia after the break when Austria hit them with a quick-fire double, with Michael Gregoritsch and Marcel Sabitzer securing three valuable points for Rangnick’s men.

UEFA Nations League: League A Group 4

Belgium 1-4 Netherlands

Belgium players were met with boos during their 4-1 thrashing by neighbours Netherlands. An ominous night began badly for Belgium after Romelu Lukaku was forced off with injury just 27 minutes into proceedings.

Louis van Gaal’s men took the lead five minutes before the break when Steven Bergwijn’s piledriver found the bottom corner.

UEFA Nations League: France begin title defence with defeat 2-1 to Denmark, Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1, Ralf Rangnick wins first game against Croatia, Watch HIGHLIGHTS
UEFA Nations League: France begin title defence with defeat 2-1 to Denmark, Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1, Ralf Rangnick wins first game against Croatia, Watch HIGHLIGHTS

Memphis Depay added a second just after the interval before Denzel Dumfries got in on the act and the crowd at the Stade Roi Baudouin turned on the home players. Soon after, Barcelona forward Memphis notched home the Oranje’s fourth.

Timothy Castagne had a consolation ruled out for offside with 15 minutes remaining, but Michy Batshuayi did manage to get on the scoresheet in stoppage time.

UEFA Nations League: League C Group 1

BELARUS 0-1 SLOVAKIA – Full Time

UEFA Nations League: League C Group 3

LEICHEINSTEIN 0-2 MOLDOVA – Full Time

Key UEFA Nations League dates

Matchdays 1 & 2: 1–8 June 2022
Matchdays 3 & 4: 9–14 June 2022
Matchdays 5 & 6: 22–27 September 2022
Finals draw: tbc
Semi-finals: 14 & 15 June 2023
Final & third-place match: 18 June 2023
Play-outs: 21–23 & 24–26 March 2024

UEFA Nations League: France begin title defence with defeat 2-1 to Denmark, Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1, Ralf Rangnick wins first game against Croatia, Watch HIGHLIGHTS

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