Brussels / Cardiff (dpa) – Not even a goal from Robert Lewandowski could prevent the Polish national football team’s defeat in the Nations League.
In Belgium, the Poles lost with a score of 1:6 (1:1). Ready for a change, the FC Bayern Munich striker put his side ahead in the 28th minute before Axel Witzel equalized before the break (42). Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne (59′), Leandro Trossard (73’/80′), Leander Dendoncker (83′) and Lois Openda (90’+2′) ultimately secured Belgium’s first win in the second leg in Brussels.
Lewandowski’s team produced a disappointing performance, especially in the second round. The Belgians bounced back from a 1:4 opening defeat against the Netherlands with a clear advantage.
The Dutch won their second match of the new season and won 2-1 (0-0) in Wales after a tumultuous final leg. Former Wolfsburg star Wut Wegorst scored the winning goal in the fourth minute of extra time. Rhys Norrington-Davies (90 + 2) managed to equalize in the interval as former Bayern coach Louis van Gaal put his team in front for Toon Koopminers (50th).
After missing out on World Cup qualification, Ukraine also made a successful start in the Nations League. Ukrainians won 1-0 (0-0) in Ireland. Victor Tsygankov (48th minute) scored the decisive goal for his side in Dublin. As a result, Ukraine moved up to second place in their group. Scotland are the table leaders after a 2-0 (2-0) win over Armenia.
Ukraine missed out on a place at the World Cup in Qatar last weekend after beating Wales 1-0 in the play-off final.
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