France clearly showed Croatia its boundaries in the Nations League game. The match ended as the 2018 World Cup final. Especially the Croats were superior in the first half. The Bundesliga players also met.
World champion France has denied Croatia a small revenge for its defeat in the World Cup final two years ago. The French won 4-2 (2-1) in Saint-Denis in Paris on Tuesday – that’s how the 2018 final in Moscow ended. The selection of trainer Didier Deschamps thus achieved the second success after the 1-0 in Sweden.
Dejan Lovren first put the vice-world champion ahead in the 17th minute, but Antoine Griezmann (43rd) and Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic (45th + 1), whose back hit the ball unluckily, made the turnaround before halftime. . Josip Brekalo (55th) equalized again, but Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano (65th) headed and Olivier Giroud (77th) with a penalty kick gave the French the victory in the lively game.
Ronaldo’s 100th international goal
Defending champions Portugal also achieved their second success after beating Croatia 4-1 thanks to recovered Cristiano Ronaldo with a 2-0 (1-0) victory in Sweden. Ronaldo was missing there due to a toe injury. This time, he was the first European to score his 100th international goal with a free kick in stoppage time in the first half and lifted in the 72nd minute with a hit of 101. Only the former Bundesliga pro in Iran, Ali Daei, stands ahead of him with 109 goals. The Swedes immediately lost to Gustav Svensson before falling behind with a yellow-red.
Belgium came with a 5: 1 (2: 1) over Iceland to the second victory in the second game. Dortmund’s Axel Witsel (13th) evened Iceland’s early lead, ex-BVB professional Michy Batshuayi (17th, 69th) first took the lead and then made the decision. Dries Mertens (50th) and Jéremy Doku (80th) were also successful. In the same group, England had to settle for a 0-0 win in Denmark after a 1-0 win in Iceland.