In the most recent international break, the teams who made it tothe final phase of the second edition of the UEFA Nations League were named. An open draw will be held on December 3 to determine the semifinal pairings, while the final matchups are set to be played in October 2021, a couple of months after the Euro 2020 finals. Here is every national team who reached the Nations League finals:
France (League A, Group 3)
World Cup champions France were the first team to qualify for the 2020-21 finals after they secured their place at the top of Group A3 ahead of Sweden, Croatia and defending champions Portugal. Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante scored just his second international goal as France defeated Portugal 1-0 in Lisbon to secure a place in next year’s finals.
Spain (League A, Group 4)
Spain handed Germany its worst defeat, winning 6-0 to advance to the final four. Ferran Torres scored a hat trick to lead Spain to the historic victory. Alvaro Morata and Rodri gave Luis Enrique’s side a 3-0 halftime lead, while Ferran struck again early in the second half and completed his hat-trick. Substitute Mikel Oyarzabal tapped in the sixth goal in the 89th minute to hit an incredible finish.
Italy (League A, Group 1)
The Azzurri reached the Nations League final four and extended their unbeaten run to 22 games with a 2-0 win away to Bosnia last week. An impressive goal from Andrea Belotti broke in the 22nd minute and Domenico Berardi midway through the second half secured Italy’s spot as they top Group A1 with 12 points from six games. Italy also earned the right to host a star-filled Nations League final.
Belgium (League A, Group 2)
Belgium secured a spot in the final four after thrashing Denmark 4-2. Youri Tielemans got the opener in the third minute, while Lukaku netted twice in the second half before Kevin De Bruynescored in the last three minutes as Belgium won the group by five points. Earlier, Belgium ended England’s Nations League berth with a 2-0 win to seal their place in the final four.
Meanwhile, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Sweden and Estonia are all rock bottom of their groups and will be relegated from the league, although Estonia still have to play a relegation play-off to decide their future in the competition. The first semifinal will be played on October 6, followed byt he second semifinal on October 7. The matches for the third place and the final will be played on October 10, 2021.