Home games 1 and 4 in Tier A of the Nations League came to an end tonight (Sunday) and with them the identity of those who advance to the playoff stage of the Euros, as well as the identity of those relegated to Tier B, were decided.
In Group 1
In Group 1
, Croatia won first place and a place in the playoffs.
She went into the match against Austria knowing that everything depends on her - victory and she keeps the top.
Already in the 6th minute, the team leader Luka Modric scored the first, but the Austrians responded within three minutes with a beautiful strike goal by Christoph Baumgartner.
In the second half, Croatia took control of the field and scored twice in three minutes.
First it was Marco Livaya in the 69th minute, and in the 72nd minute the veteran stopper Dejan Lovran closed the matter.
The 1:3 victory assured the Croats the lead of the home team and they qualified for the playoffs, while the Austrians finished last and were relegated to the second tier.
In another match at home, which became only a protocol due to the Croatian victory, Denmark beat France at home 0:2 with goals from Kasper Dolberg (34) and Andras Skov-Olsen (39).
The Danes finished in second place, a point away from the Croatians and the French just said thank you for not slipping to tier B and finished in third place, with only one point more than last Austria.
The Liverpool stopper sent the Dutch to the playoffs, photo: AFP
In House 4
In House 4
, there was a direct battle for first place between the Netherlands and the visiting Belgium, who had to win to try to grab the top at the last minute.
The exciting game was decided by one goal - in favor of the Dutch.
It was Liverpool's experienced stopper, Virgil van Dijk, who scored the decisive 0:1 in the 73rd minute.
The Netherlands finished first, 6 points away from the Belgians and qualified for the playoffs, with Wales being the one that dropped to the second tier.
The British team needed a victory over the Poles to try and escape relegation, but in this game too only one goal was scored - in favor of Poland.
It was Karol Swiderski who scored in the 58th minute the goal that kept his team in the first tier, benefiting from a assist by Robert Lewandowski.
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