Belgium, Italy storm UEFA Nations League finals

Belgium, Italy storm UEFA Nations League finals

Belgium stormed into the UEFA Nations League last four with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Denmark on Wednesday night. 

The Red Devils needed at least a draw to top Group 2, and they did so in fantastic fashion against a  resilient Denmark side. 

The hosts took a third-minute lead as a  rebound ball arrived at the feet of Youri Tielemans just outside the box, and the Leicester man unleashed a great shot into the bottom right corner for his second goal in two matches.

The lead however lasted 15 minutes as Jonas Older Wind pulled the visitors level in the 17th minute after he latched on to a rebound near the penalty spot, and he produced a fantastic header and into the inside of the right post.

Buoyed by the equalizer, Denmark went on the offensive even more and almost took a lead but Martin Braithwaite's header went straight into the arms of Thibaut Courtois when he should have done better. 

The hosts were better after the interval with Romelu Lukaku grabbing a brace. 

First, he doubled Belgium's lead in the 57th minute, putting the ball in the back of the net with a neat, low-drive from Kevin De Bruyne's pass inside the box. 

Ten minutes later, the Inter Milan forward added a third after Thorgan Hazard played a perfect lofted pass into the box and Lukaku beat the defender in the air and planted a header into the top right corner from close range. 

Denmark were not done though and they got a goal in the dying minutes of the match as they forced the Belgians into conceding an own goal, with Nacer Chadli the man responsible. 

It took less than 60 seconds though for Belgium to restore their lead as De Bruyne found the top right corner from inside the box with a  perfect ball for a 4-2 lead. 

There were no more goals as the country ranked number one in the world stormed into the semis, set for next year. 

In another match, Italy booked their place in the last four with a comfortable 2-0 win away to Poland. 

Andrea Bellotti and Domenico Berardi scored a goal each in both halves as the Azzurri completed the semi-final lineup. 

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