World champions France are slowly finding their way back two months before the World Cup in Qatar kicks off. Austria is threatened with expulsion.
The weak team of national coach Didier Deschamps won his Nations League game in St. Denis against Austria Ralf Rangnick’s team 2-0 (0-0) on Thursday and can hope to stay in the A-League after the first win. Season.
Superstar Kylian Mbappe (56) and Olivier Giroud (65) scored for France to beat the Austrians, where ex-Bremen Marko Arnautovic completed his 103rd international cap and drew level with record player Andreas Herzog.
Previously, the French champions had lost two matches and drawn two matches at the start of the Nations League in June and missed the chance to compete in the final in 2023.
In Group A1, Equipe Tricolore (5 points) has now overtaken Austria (four points) in last place. A decision on the elimination will be made next Sunday (8.45 pm) when France go Denmark and Australia meet the world vice-champion Croatia.
Two months before the World Cup in Qatar (November 20 to December 18), Deschamps is without goalkeepers Hugo Lloris, Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante as well as Kingsley Coman and Lucas Hernandez from Bayern Munich. Thursday.
Netherlands beat Poland
The Dutch national team is close to the finals of the Nations League. In Warsaw, the team of coach Bond Louis van Gaal won against Poland 2-0 (1-0) round the World Cup player Robert Lewandowski. In the final honor duel with the neighbors from Belgium on Sunday (8.45 pm) Elftal is enough for one point for the victory of the group and relevant qualification for the final match.
Cody Gakpo (13th), who was courted by numerous top clubs in the summer, gave the visitors the lead in the first round. Arkadiusz Milik missed Poland’s best chance to equalize in the 52nd minute, the Juventus striker firing wide from close range. Steven Bergwijn (60) punished a missed shot a few minutes later with 2-0.
Then the Dutch brought the result safely in time. Central defender Matthijs de Ligt of German champions Bayern Munich did not play.
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