Football

Nations League: Netherlands beat Belgium, Denmark beat France

04 Jun 2022 | 08:12

The Netherlands beat Belgium 4-1, their first away win over their opponents in 23 years, while Denmark beat France 2-1 in a busy night of Nations League action.

Andreas Cornelius’ second-half brace stunned France as Denmark won 2-1 at the Stade de France in their Nations League opener.

The Trabzonspor forward canceled out Karim Benzema’s second-half opener for France with a neat finish in the 68th minute and delivered the winning goal with two minutes remaining.

Denmark is behind Group A1 winners Austria, who opened the campaign with an impressive 3-0 win over Croatia in new head coach Ralf Rangnick’s first game.

Former West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic gave Austria the lead in the second half before second-half goals from Michael Gregoritsch and Marcel Sabitzer sealed victory over the 2018 World Cup finalists.

Belgium’s opening match of Group A4 ended in a heavy 4-1 defeat to the Netherlands in Brussels.

Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn’s long-range shot gave the Netherlands the lead and Memphis Depay’s brilliant double within six minutes of the second half gave them a 3-0 lead.

Denzel Dumfries added a fourth for the Netherlands before Michy Batshuayi headed in consolation in injury time for the underdog Belgium.

Tomas Suslov scored the only goal to help Slovakia have a successful opening match against the same C3 opponent as Belarus in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Kazakhstan got off to a good start to Group C3’s campaign as Abat Aymbetov’s two second-half goals helped them to a 2-0 home win over Azerbaijan.

Latvia’s striker Roberts Uldrikis also scored twice, in both halves, in his team’s opening Group D1 win over Andorra in Riga, with Janis Ikaunieks’ late penalty making it 3-0.

Group rivals Moldova won 2-0 in Liechtenstein thanks to an early penalty from Ion Nicolaescu and a late effort from Vadim Bolohan.