LONDON, October 15
Christian Eriksen’s penalty on his 100th appearance for Denmark earned his side a 1-0 win over England in their Nations League clash at Wembley on Wednesday as the hosts played more than half the game with 10 men.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eriksen powered his spot-kick past Jordan Pickford in the 35th minute, a couple of minutes after England centre-back Harry Maguire had received a red card for a second booking.
Defeat ended a run of nine successive home wins for England, who beat top-ranked Belgium on Sunday, while Denmark, who have lost just two of their last 40 international matches, celebrated their first victory over England at Wembley since 1983.
To rub salt into the home wounds Reece James, England’s best player on his full debut, was also shown a red card after the final whistle for confronting referee Jesus Gil Manzano.
France beat Croatia
Zagreb: France stretched their unbeaten run against Croatia to eight games after a late goal by Kylian Mbappe gave the world champions a 2-1 win. The result left France second in the group on 10 points from four games, behind Portugal on goal difference after the European champions brushed aside Sweden 3-0.
No Ronaldo, no problem
Lisbon: Goals from Bernardo Silva and a brace from Diogo Jota gave Portugal a comfortable 3-0 win over Sweden as the hosts made light of the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo due to a positive Covid-19 test. Ronaldo’s only contribution to the game was a post on Instagram around kickoff time urging on his team mates as he remained in quarantine, and they proved more than equal to the task.
Italy held by Dutch
Bergamo: Italy extended their unbeaten run to 19 games with a 1-1 draw at home to the Netherlands, although they were knocked off the top of their group in the process. Lorenzo Pellegrini put Italy ahead in the 16th minute of an entertaining game but Donny van de Beek levelled nine minutes later as the Dutch ended a run of three games without scoring.
Italy were overtaken at the top by Poland who beat Bosnia 3-0 and have seven. In Wroclaw, Robert Lewandowski showed his predatory instincts as he scored two superb goals to help Poland beat 10-man Bosnia.
Lukaku powers Belgium
Reykjavik: Stand-in captain Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium got back to winning ways with a 2-1 away victory over Iceland. — Reuters