Germany and France ended scoreless after Georgia’s Giorgi Chakvetadze scored the first UEFA Nations League goal.
- Germany-France ends goalless on opening night
- Georgia’s Chakvetadze scores first UEFA Nations League goal
- Wales turn on the style; Ukraine snatch late win.
Group A1: Germany 0-0 France
France were held to a goalless draw in their first game since winning the World Cup. Les Bleus showed glimpses of the quality that brought them glory in Russia but would surely have slipped to defeat were it not for a string of sensational saves from debutant Alphonse Areola. The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper denied Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels and Matthias Ginter as Germany came close to putting their World Cup disappointment behind them with a notable victory.
Group B1: Czech Republic 1-2 Ukraine
Ukraine recovered from Patrik Schick’s early opener to dominate proceedings and eventually take all three points. A lovely move from the visitors levelled the scores in first-half added time, Yehven Konoplyanka firing low into the corner. It seemed as if that would ensure a draw but, deep into added time, Oleksandr Zinchenko capitalised on an error by Czech goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík to poke in the winner.
Group B4: Wales 4-1 Republic of Ireland
Wales did the damage with a clinical first-half display, Tom Lawrence opening the scoring early before Gareth Bale’s fine finish doubled the lead. Seventeen-year-old Ethan Ampadu set up Aaron Ramsey to drive in the third before the break and any faint Irish hopes of a second-half fightback were ended by a Connor Roberts volley ten minutes after the restart, though substitute Shaun Williams did give the visitors the last word.
Group C3: Slovenia 1-2 Bulgaria
Bozhidar Kraev opened his international account with a fine strike from distance after three minutes, Miha Zajc responding with a header for the hosts. However, the 21-year-old Kraev restored Bulgaria’s lead, capitalising when goalkeeper Vid Belec failed to cut out an inviting ball. Bulgaria have now won all three of their meetings with Slovenia.
Group C3: Norway 2-0 Cyprus
Norway made it ten wins from ten against Cyprus, captain Stefan Johansen playing a starring role. He chased down Omar Elabdellaoui’s long ball to smash in his side’s first, before doubling the lead with a deliciously-struck free-kick just before the break.
Group D1: Kazakhstan 0-2 Georgia
Georgia won the first ever UEFA Nations League match. Both sides had attempts cleared off the line in the first half before Giorgi Chakvetadze became the competition’s maiden goalscorer with a stunning 69th-minute drive. Vladimír Weiss’ charges sealed victory five minutes later when Sergei Maliy inadvertently scored an own goal after Nenad Erić parried Valeri Kazaishvili’s effort against him.
Group D1: Latvia 0-0 Andorra
The visitors produced a determined defensive effort against a team they lost to home and away in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, holding out for a goalless draw in Riga. The hosts dominated possession, but rarely troubled Josep Gomes in the visitors’ goal, and Koldo Alvarez’s Andorra looked the more likely scorers in the closing minutes.
Group D4: Armenia 2-1 Liechtenstein
Armenia prised victory in an eventful game in Yerevan. Marcos Pizzelli curled in from distance to give the hosts a 31st-minute lead but Sandro Wolfinder dispatched Nicolas Hasler’s cross to equalise two minutes later. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s second-half penalty was saved by Benjamin Büchel but the visitors then had Michele Polverino sent off and home substitute Tigran Barseghyan subsequently fired in a 76th-minute winner.
Group D4: Gibraltar 0-2 FYR Macedonia
Ivan Tričkovski broke the deadlock for the visitors on 19 minutes and Egzijan Alioski doubled their lead before the break, capitalising on a loose ball following a corner. Julio Ribas’s first game as Gibraltar boss thus ended in defeat, while the Macedonians are now unbeaten in eight games.
Slovakia 3-0 Denmark (Wednesday)
Portugal 1-1 Croatia
Austria 2-0 Sweden
Netherlands 2-1 Peru