UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League: Denmark, Netherlands, Austria earn wins

June 3

The third edition of the UEFA Nations League continued Friday in cities all over Europe, with featured matches broadcast across the FOX Sports family of networks (and streamed on the FOX Sports app). 

The action involved a thrilling match at the iconic Stade de France, where Denmark took down France, 2-1. Elsewhere, on FS1, the Netherlands dominated Belgium in Brussels, while Austria shut out Croatia in Osijek.

Here are the top plays.

Denmark 2, France 1 (League A)

France gets going

Karim Benzema took a shot for France early, but it was blocked. He followed that up with another quick attempt — a header that missed just to the left — but he showed off some fancy footwork in the process.

Goal!

Benzema was finally able to connect in the 51st minute, giving France a 1-0 edge.

Karim Benzema embarrasses Denmark to help France grab a 1-0 lead

Karim Benzema fooled Denmark's backline en route to a goal in the 51st minute of the UEFA Nations League.

Denmark answers

Andreas Cornelius, assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg with a through ball, equalized things for Denmark.

Andreas Cornelius brings Denmark level with France, 1-1

Denmark gets their opening goal against France, thanks to Andreas Cornelius' goal in the 68th minute of the UEFA Nations League. 

Another one!

Cornelius gave Denmark the lead, 2-1, with his second goal of the match in the 88th minute.

Andreas Cornelius converts from a tough angle to push Denmark ahead

Denmark takes a 2-1 lead over France after this Cornelius rocket that finds the back of the net in the 88th minute of this UEFA Nations League match.

Netherlands 4, Belgium 1 (League A)

Goal!

Steven Bergwijn kicked off the scoring in this one, as the Netherlands took a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute.

Steven Bergwijn pulls off a moment of brilliance, gives the Netherlands a 1-0 lead vs. Belgium

Steven Bergwijn helped Netherlands grab a 1-0 lead vs. Belgium, thanks to a beautiful outside-the-box goal in the 40th minute. 

Netherlands take off

The Netherlands went on a huge run in the second half, scoring three goals in 14 minutes. First, Memphis Depay, assisted by Steven Berghuis with a through ball following a fast break, put his team up 2-0.

Memphis Depay's clinical finish helps the Netherlands grab a 2-0 lead

Memphis Depay scored a goal in the 51st minute to help the Netherlands grab a 2-0 lead over Belgium.

Then, Denzel Dumfries got in on the action with this goal from very close range to make it 3-0.

Denzel Dumfries extends the Netherlands' lead to 3-0 vs. Belgium

Denzel Dumfries gives the Netherlands a commanding 3-0 lead over Belgium.

The Netherlands took a 4-0 lead when Depay followed that up with his second goal of the match.

Memphis Depay scores again to make it 4-0 vs. Belgium

Memphis Depay makes it a 4-0, as the Netherlands continue to shut out Belgium.

Too little, too late

Belgium's Michy Batshuayi added a last-minute goal to avoid a shutout, but the rally ended there.

Austria 3, Croatia 0 (League A)

Austria strikes first

Marko Arnautovic came up big for Austria, delivering the first goal of the match in the 41st minute.

Marko Arnautovic weaves past defenders to give Austria a 1-0 lead

Marko Arnautovic scores a beautiful goal in the 41st minute to give Austria a 1-0 lead over Croatia in the UEFA Nations League.

Second-half surge

Austria came out hot in the second half, scoring twice in three minutes, courtesy of Marcel Sabitzer and Michael Gregoritsch, en route to a 3-0 shutout.

Austria scores back-to-back goals to gain a 3-0 lead over Croatia

Michael Gregoritsch scored a goal in the 54th minute, followed by an impressive goal from Marcel Sabitzer just three minutes later.

Here's a look at the rest of Friday's games across the UEFA Nations League:

Moldova 2, Liechtenstein 0 (League D)

Goal! 

A penalty was awarded for Moldova just four minutes into this one against Liechtenstein, and the away team took a 1-0 lead thanks to Ion Nicolaescu, who found the back of the net on the penalty kick.

Ion Nicolaescu gives Moldova 1-0 lead vs. Liechtenstein

Ion Nicolaescu shows off his composure and helps Moldova grab an early 1-0 lead versus Liechtenstein, thanks to a clinical penalty finish in the fifth minute.

Shutout

Vadim Bolohan sealed the victory with a header in extra time, as Moldova pulled off a shutout.

Vadim Bolohan's first international goal seals Moldova victory

Vadim Bolohan's header in extra time sealed Moldova's 2-0 victory against Liechtenstein in the UEFA Nations League competition.

Slovakia 1, Belarus 0 (League C)

Sealing the deal

Tomas Suslov's cross fueled Slovakia's 1-0 victory over Belarus, who failed to get on the board.

Tomas Suslov's gives Slovakia a 1-0 lead vs. Belarus

Tomas Suslov helped Slovakia strike first against Belarus, thanks to his goal in the 61st minute.

Kazakhstan 2, Azerbaijan 0 (League C)

Double trouble

Kazakhstan shut out Azerbaijan in this one, thanks to two big-time goals from Abat Aimbetov.

Abat Aimbetov connects on a screamer from outside the box to put Kazakhstan ahead 1-0

Kazakhstan breaks the scoreless game against Azerbaijan thanks to a shot from well outside the box by Abat Aimbetov in the 50th minute of the UEFA Nations League matchup.

Abat Aimbetov gets second goal vs. Azerbaijan after VAR controversy

Abat Aimbetov grabbed a timely goal for Kazakhstan in the second half of their opening UEFA Nations League campaign vs. Azerbaijan to make the score 2-0.

Latvia 3, Andorra 0 (League D)

Third time's the charm

It was another shutout on Friday, as Latvia defeated Andorra, 3-0, with goals courtesy of Roberts Uldriķis and Jānis Ikaunieks.

Latvia's beautiful set piece fuels Roberts Uldriķis' first goal vs. Andorra

Latvia takes an early 1-0 lead vs. Andorra, thanks to Roberts Uldriķis' header in the ninth minute of the UEFA Nations League.

Offside trap from Andorra backfires after Roberts Uldriķis times it perfectly, 2-0

Latvia takes the 2-0 lead over Andorra in the UEFA Nations League after Roberts Uldriķis converts a set piece goal. VAR had to confirm that Uldrikis was onside.

Jānis Ikaunieks' penalty strike adds to Latvia's lead over Andorra, 3-0

Jānis Ikaunieks' penalty goal in the 85th minute helped Latvia secure a 3-0 victory over Andorra in the UEFA Nations League.

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