Wales move into League A with five wins from six

          Wales promoted after dominant Nations League campaign

          2020/11/18 22:35
          By Connor Andrews

          Wales have comprehensively moved into the top tier of the Nations League, collecting 16 points from a maximum of 18 after a 3-1 win over Finland tonight in Cardiff.

          Wales were yet to concede a single goal in Nations League action with four wins in five games, and got off to an ideal start when keeper Danny Ward launched a ball to Harry Wilson who was hauled down by last man Jere Uronen, who instantly received his marching orders.

          Soon after captain Gareth Bale set up Wilson for the game’s opener, and later Dan James made things comfortable, blasting in at the start of the second half.

          Wales finally conceded their first goal in the 2020/21 campaign, the least of any side, when Norwich’s Teemu Pukki found the net with half an hour to play, but Kieffer Moore then ended the game with six minutes to play.

          England also had some joy in a dead rubber against last-placed Iceland in Group A2, with childhood friends Declan Rice and Mason Mount putting the Three Lions 2-0 up, before a late double from Phil Foden brought some extra gloss to proceedings after a series of drab performances.

          Italy booked their spot in the finals ahead of the Netherlands with a 2-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina thanks to main men Dominico Berardi and Andrea Belotti, while Gini Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay scored in Group A1’s other meeting, but the result was rendered meaningless with Italy’s win leaving them a point ahead.

          Roberto Mancini's Italy will join Spain and France in the final four, alongside the winners of England's group, Belgium, who held off Denmark to secure their place with a 4-2 win featuring a brace from top scorer Romelu Lukaku.

          Elsewhere in League B, an improving Hungary side will join Wales in the top tier, League A, topping a competitive Group B3 with Russia, Serbia, and Turkey, while Scotland dropped their chance, losing against Israel allowing the Czech Republic to leapfrog them into first place.

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