Group 1: France relegated?
Eliminated from the race for the Final Four after their defeat against Croatia (0-1) on June 13, the French team, champion of the League of Nations, will have to fight during these last two days to ensure their permanence in the First Division .
With two draws and two defeats in four games, the Blues are two points behind Austria, their first rival in this international break in September (Thursday at the Stade de France). If he succeeds, the French still won’t be sure and will have to make sure in the last match in Copenhagen against Denmark. A draw, for example, may not be enough if the Austrians beat Croatia again (3-0 in the first leg in Osijek).
At the top of the table, the Croats, and Austria to a lesser extent, can still steal the qualification spot for the quarter-finals from the Danes. Croatia and Denmark meet on September 22 in Zagreb. If Christian Eriksen’s teammates win, they will qualify even before the final matchday. On the other hand, if they tie, it will be necessary not to lose against France on the 26th in order not to expose themselves to a possible return to the wire of the Croats, who have the advantage of the particular goal difference (1 – 0 first leg against Copenhagen).
Group 2: Spain in the lead, for now
After four games between the Group 2 teams (Spain – Portugal – Czech Republic – Switzerland), only one thing is certain: La Roja, which has 8 points after 4 games, can no longer be relegated to League B. On the other hand, the finalists of the last edition (1-2 against France) have not yet secured a place in the Final Four. Mathematically, even the Swiss, bottom with three points, can still catch up, but the Spaniards’ main opponent is Portugal, only one unit behind.
If they beat the Swiss in Zaragoza and the Seleçao don’t win in the Czech Republic, they will qualify. But if the two Iberian teams add the same number of points on matchday 5, they will compete for classification in a “final” in Braga on September 27, at the same time as the maintenance between the Czechs and Swiss.
Group 3: Can Hungary hold off Germany and Italy?
Surprise in group 3. After four games played, Hungary (7 points) is ahead of Germany (6) and Italy (5). England (2), are already eliminated from the quarter-finals and will have to beat Italy, at the San Siro on September 23, if they are to retain a real chance of holding on before hosting the Mannschaft at Wembley three days later.
At the top, Hungary will have a lot to do if they want to keep their place at the top and discover the last four almost two years after being promoted from League A. The Magyars will travel to Leipzig on Matchday 5 before hosting La Nazionale in their Puskas Arena on September 26.
Thanks in particular to a brace from Roland Sallai, the Hungarians had comfortably beaten the English (4-0) in Wolverhampton during matchday 4 on June 14. (P. Chesterton/Focus/EXPA/Sports Press)
Group 4: Belgium’s little hope
Second in Group 4, three points behind the Netherlands, Belgium will not have the right to make a false move against Wales on September 22 in Brussels, three days before moving to Amsterdam for the sixth and final matchday. A draw or a loss to Gareth Bale’s side on Thursday and the Belgians will have almost scratched their place in the quarter-finals, even if the Oranje snag in Warsaw. Indeed, the Dutch, in addition to having an early victory in the standings, benefit from a very favorable goal difference (+3) thanks to their success in the first leg at the King Baudouin Stadium (4-1).
At the bottom of the table, the Welsh cannot afford to lose to Eden Hazard’s team-mates. Because in the event of a win or draw for the Poles against the Netherlands, they will be relegated even before hosting Poland in Cardiff.
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