Denmark stun 10-man England; Mbappe strikes late winner as Italy, Netherlands share spoils
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Denmark stun 10-man England; Mbappe strikes late winner as Italy, Netherlands share spoils

England blew the chance to extend the lead at the top of their UEFA Nations League group after a shock 1-0 home loss to Denmark on Wednesday night. 

The hosts, playing their second successive home match at Wembley went into the game on the back of a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Belgium last time out, but they came stuck against a disciplined Danish team. 

Gareth Southgate named a changed side from the one that won against the Red Devils, with the likes Reece James and Ainsley Maitland-Niles making their full debuts. 

The match's tipping point came on the half-hour mark as the hosts were reduced to 10 men, giving the visitors the advantage.

Harry Maguire, who has been in the spotlight in recent months, was given his marching orders, after two clear bookable offenses.  

He joined an unwanted England club with the dismissal.  

The visitors made the advantage count as they got the only goal of the match three minutes after Maguire was given his marching orders. 

Kyle Walker brought down an opponent in the box, and Christian Eriksen stepped up to beat Jordan Pickford in goal for a 1-0 lead. 

The Loss means the Danes moved above the Three  Lions on goal difference, with Belgium, who won 2-1 away to Iceland reclaiming top spot. 

Mbappe to the rescue

Elsewhere, Kylian Mbappe scored the winner as France beat Croatia 2-1 to remain unbeaten in the competition. 

Antoine Griezmann opened the scores on the eighth minute, but Nikola Vlasic equalised just after the hour mark. 

The PSG forward though came with the winner with 10 minutes to go, to ensure the world cup winners kept pace with Portugal at the top of the group. 

Jota stars

The defending champions did not need Ronaldo, who has returned to Juventus after testing positive for  COVID-19,  as they easily swept aside Sweden 3-0 in Lisbon. 

Bernardo Silva opened the scoring for Fernando Santos's side before Diogo Jota grabbed a brace with a striker on each side of the half. 

In Italy,  Frank  De Boer's winless streak at the helm of the Dutch national team continued, after settling for a 1-1 draw against the Azzurri. 

AS Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini put the hosts in the driving seat with a 16th-minute goal, but it was quickly equalized after Donny van de Beek powered in an unstoppable shot from inside the box on the 25th minute to level scores. 

Elsewhere, Romelu  Lukaku scored a brace as Belgium won 2-1 away to Iceland to bounce back from their 2-1 loss to England last time out. 

Nations League FULL-TIME Scores.

  • Croatia 1-2 France
  • England 0-1 Denmark
  • Iceland 1-2 Belgium
  • Italy 1-1 Netherlands
  • Portugal 3-0 Sweden
  • Poland 3-0 Bosnia
  • Bulgaria 0-1 Wales
  • Turkey 2-2 Serbia
  • Moldova 0-4 Slovenia
  • Scotland 1-0 C. Republic
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