August 16, 2022

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

To kick off, Hungary shut out England at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, guided by a decisive Dominik Szoboszlai penalty. This game was followed by a thrilling clash between Italy and Germany at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna, Italy which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Here are the best games.

Italy 1, Germany 1 (League A)

Dogpile!

Italy were waiting to go wild after a number of close calls went haywire, and Lorenzo Pellegrini finally broke through in the 70th minute after a well-placed pass freed him. And his teammates were ready to rush him after his jerky finish.

Lorenzo Pellegrini puts Italy ahead 1-0

Lorenzo Pellegrini puts Italy ahead 1-0

Lorenzo Pellegrini takes the cross and scores to put Italy ahead of Germany, 1-0, in the UEFA Nations League.

See one, raise one

Germany fought back just after Italy’s initial offer, finding money after Joshua Kimmich fired a powerful shot into the net after his team-mate’s fine assist.

Kimmich’s goal was the last of the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Hungary 1, England 0 (League A)

What luck !

Hungary is the team that started the deal on offense. The team created a wonderful scoring opportunity in the 11th minute after a deft cross from an early run.

But England keeper Jordan Pickford and a defender teamed up to find a clutch deflection, parrying the ball off course to deny the goal.

pick them up

Pickford kept his shutout intact with another nifty save in the 28th minute.

He luckily stayed out of trouble after a Hungarian midfielder attempt sailed just wide.

Hard work pays off

Hungary’s aggressive approach earned them multiple chances and in the 63rd minute a searing run from their left wing forced England into a penalty in the box. Dominik Szoboszlai buried the ensuing punt to put Hungary ahead 1-0.

Dominik Szoboszlai converts a penalty to put Hungary ahead 1-0

Dominik Szoboszlai converts a penalty to put Hungary ahead 1-0

Hungary take a 66th-minute 1-0 lead against England in the UEFA Nations League after Dominik Szoboszlai scores the penalty.

Become obsolete

Despite a number of changes, England remained cool in attack, missing a few attempts to shoot inside the box to go scoreless.

One for the history books

Hungary not only won their first UEFA Nations League game in 2022-23, but also eliminated England for the first time in 60 years.

Here’s a look at the rest of Saturday’s fixtures across the UEFA Nations League:

Armenia 1, Republic of Ireland 0 (League B)

bull’s-eye !

Eduard Spertsyan had no problem delivering that strike from outside the box, and his confidence paid off for Armenia. Spertsyan’s silver shot was the game’s only score, as Armenia held off Ireland 1-0.

Eduard Spertsyan scores a RIDICULOUS goal to help Armenia strike first against Republic of Ireland, 1-0

Eduard Spertsyan scores a RIDICULOUS goal to help Armenia strike first against Republic of Ireland, 1-0

Eduard Spertsyan helped Armenia score their first goal against the Republic of Ireland with his stunning 74th-minute UEFA Nations League goal.

Finland 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 (League B)

35 and over

There wasn’t much action at the start of this League B fixture, but Finland burst into flames late in the first half after earning a penalty and converting. Teemu Pukki cheated the goalkeeper on the PK, going down the left with his attempt to swing the momentum in his team’s direction before halftime. The goal marked Pukki’s 35th goal in international play.

Teemu Pukki’s icy penalty puts Finland ahead 1-0 against Bosnia & Herzegovina

Teemu Pukki's icy penalty puts Finland ahead 1-0 against Bosnia & Herzegovina

Teemu Pukki showed his composure and scored an important penalty before half-time to give Finland a 1-0 lead against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the UEFA Nations League.

Bosnian Smail Prevljak saved his team’s chances with a 90th-minute (+3) clutch conversion to push the game to a 1-1 draw.

Luxembourg 2, Lithuania 0 (League C)

Top of the line !

Luxemburg struck first in the 43rd minute, taking a 1-0 lead after Daniel Sinani sent a rocket into the top left corner of the goal with his left leg.

Luxembourg show a NICE team streak for the first goal against Lithuania, 1-0

Luxembourg show a NICE team streak for the first goal against Lithuania, 1-0

Danel Sinani capped off a fine team streak for Luxembourg, courtesy of a clinical 44th-minute finish in the UEFA Nations League game against Lithuania.

what a penny

Sinani took his goalscoring tally to two after a fine pass from his teammate, faking a horde of defenders before launching another missile to freeze the game.

Turkey 4, Faroe Islands 0 (League C)

On top

Turkey struck first in the matter after a shrewd save from the Faroese keeper, but the Turks found themselves in the right place at the right time on the rebound, starting off on the right foot with a 1-0 advantage.

I turn on the jets

Halil Dervisoglu showed his wheels in the 46th minute, breaking away and sending in a brilliant attempt to put Turkey ahead 2-0.

Halil Dervisoglu doubles Turkey’s lead against the Faroe Islands, 2-0

Halil Dervisoglu doubles Turkey's lead against the Faroe Islands, 2-0

Turkey exert their dominance against the Faroe Islands, helped by Halil Dervisoglu’s 47th-minute UEFA Nations League goal.

Out of the hizzy

Turkey scored their third goal of the game after a clean header from Serdar Dursun.

Serdar Dursun’s imposing header fuels Turkey’s 3-0 lead against the Faroe Islands

Serdar Dursun's imposing header fuels Turkey's 3-0 lead against the Faroe Islands

Serdar Dursun gave Turkey their third goal against the Faroe Islands with an impressive 82nd-minute header in UEFA Nations League competition.

avalanche

Turkey was pouring it on. Merih Demiral provided the team with their fourth goal, hammering a dribbler into the bottom left corner for some insurance.

Merih Demiral shows off her finishing skills and gives Turkey a 4-0 lead against the Faroe Islands

Merih Demiral shows off her finishing skills and gives Turkey a 4-0 lead against the Faroe Islands

Turkey’s Merih Demiral came out in attack and scored an impressive finish in the 85th minute of the UEFA Nations League competition against the Faroe Islands.

Montenegro 2, Romania 0 (League B)

lucky lefty

This shot was more skill than luck for Montenegro. The team put up a commendable display of ball movement, before finding the back of the net to go up 1-0 in the 65th minute.

take two

Minutes later, Marko Vukcevic left his mark on the match, doubling his side’s advantage to seal a 2-0 win.

Marko Vukcevic and Montenegro double their lead against Romania

Marko Vukcevic and Montenegro double their lead against Romania

Marko Vukcevic finds the back of the net after a lazy defensive streak from Romania to give Montenegro a 2-0 UEFA Nations League lead.


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