UEFA Nations League: What to watch out for on Matchday 2 | UEFA Nations League

The third edition of the UEFA Nations League gets off to a fast start (due to the World Cup in December) with four consecutive matchdays, with the final round then taking place in June 2023. UEFA.com has selected the highlights of matchday 2 for you.

All Nations League matches

Sunday June 5th
A2 Czech Republic – Spain
A2 Portugal – Switzerland
B4 Serbia – Slovenia
B4 Sweden – Norway
C2 Cyprus – Northern Ireland (18:00)
C2 Kosovo – Greece
C4 Gibraltar – North Macedonia (18:00)
C4 Bulgaria – Georgia
D2 San Marino – Malta (15:00)

Monday June 6th
A1 Austria – Denmark
A1 Croatia – France
B2 Island – Albania
B2 Israel – Russia (excluded until further notice)
C3 Belarus – Azerbaijan
C3 Slovakia – Kazakhstan
D1 Andorra – Moldavia
D1 Latvia – Liechtenstein(18:00)

Tuesday June 7th
A3 Germany – England
A3 Italien – Ungarn
B3 Bosnia and Herzegovina – Romania
B3 Finland – Montenegro (6 p.m.)
C1 Faroe Islands – Luxembourg
C1 Lithuania – Turkey

Wednesday June 8th

A4 Belgium – Poland
A4 Wales – Netherlands
B1 Scotland – Armenia
B1 Republic of Ireland – Ukraine

All kick-off times 20:45 CET unless otherwise stated.

Ronaldo as a Swiss fright

Three times Ronaldo in the semifinals 2019

With a furious 5:2 against Belgium, Switzerland had qualified for the first edition of the Nations League for the finals, semi-final opponents there was Portugal. But Cristiano Ronaldo shattered all dreams of the Confederates when he defeated Yann Sommer three times at Porto’s Estádio do Dragão.

Ricardo Rodríguez was able to equalize with a penalty after a Ronaldo free-kick, but there was no match against Ronaldo that night. While the now 37-year-old may not be in the form he was in the past, the Swiss will be keeping an eye out to ensure the events of 2019 don’t repeat themselves.

Germany still has a score to settle with England

Highlights: England – Deutschland 2:0

The 2-0 defeat against England in the round of 16 of UEFA EURO 2020 should still be an unpleasant memory for most of the players in the DFB team – it’s clear that they now want to take revenge. But be careful: Munich is a good place for the Three Lions.

They last met here in 2001, when the Germans under coach Rudi Völler lost 5-1 to the English despite a lead. Michael Owen scored a hat-trick for coach Sven-Göran Eriksson’s team. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the game: “I’ve never seen such a bad defeat, that was our Waterloo.” The English have won three of the last four duels between these teams, but under Hansi Flick the DFB team has recently done a lot better than in previous years.

A brief look at the 3rd match day

Switzerland vs Spain: the penalty shootout from EURO 2020

• Switzerland’s game against Spain promises to be exciting, with Spain winning 3-1 on penalties in the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2020 in St Petersburg.

• Croatia and Denmark last met in the Round of 16 at World Cup 2018 and the two protagonists at the time are likely to feature again. Kasper Schmeichel saved a Luka Modrić penalty in the 116th minute, giving the Danes a penalty shoot-out which the eventual finalists won.

Highlights: Italy – England 1: 1 (3: 2 n. E.)

• It is the first meeting between Italy and England since the EURO 2020 final, with Germany under pressure against Hungary as heavy favorites and Austria going into France as underdogs.

Term

Matchdays 3 & 4: 9th – 14th June 2022
Matchdays 5 & 6: 22nd-27th Sep 2022
Final tournament draw: TBD
Semifinals: June 14 & 15, 2023
Final & and third-place play-off: June 18, 2023
Play-outs: 21.–23. & 24.–26. März 2024

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