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UEFA Nations League: Eng hold Denmark 0-0

UEFA Nations League: Eng hold Denmark 0-0
England’s Harry Kane goes around Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel before missing a chance to score REUTERS.
COPENHAGEN/ SOLNA (SWEDEN),SEP 9 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 9/9/2020 1:28:27 PM IST

England endured a night of frustration as they were held to a 0-0 draw in a turgid Nations League clash in Denmark, reports Eurosports.

The Three Lions struggled to carve out opportunities throughout but almost stole it at the death when Harry Kane had a shot cleared off the line.

The hosts had the better of the openings overall and should have gone ahead nine minutes from the end but Christian Eriksen blazed a great chance over the top.

Following the media storm over Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden’s off-field antics, Gareth Southgate made three changes from the unconvincing win over Iceland. There were debuts from the start for Kalvin Phillips and Conor Coady, with the latter featuring in a back three as the visitors switched system.

However, England lacked creativity for long spells and not even the introduction of more flair in the shape of Mason Mount and another debutant, Jack Grealish could spark a belated surge to pinch another victory.

The focus will now turn to the upcoming club season as the Premier League returns this weekend. England are next in Nations League action on October 11 when they entertain Belgium at Wembley. Denmark visit Iceland.

Ronaldo scores 100th goal as Portugal beat Sweden 2-0

Cristiano Ronaldo hits landmark goal as Portugal beat Sweden in Nations League, reports Sky Sports

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first European player to reach 100 international goals after scoring twice in Portugal’s 2-0 win over 10-man Sweden.

Veteran Sweden midfielder Gustav Svensson was sent off just before half-time for collecting a second yellow card, and from the resulting free-kick, Ronaldo fired the ball into the top corner to bring up his landmark century.

After 72 minutes, the Juventus forward - who missed Portugal’s Nations League opener against Croatia on Saturday with a toe injury - curled in a second goal from the edge of the penalty area.

Ronaldo has set his sights on Iranian Ali Daei’s record for a male international of 109 goals.

“I managed to beat this milestone of 100 goals and now (I’ll go) for the record. It’s step-by-step. I am not obsessed because I believe the records come in a natural way,” Ronaldo said.

“When I had this problem in my toe I always knew that I could recover for this second game.”

Asked about his future in the game, Ronaldo was quoted by Reuters as saying: “The future, only God knows. I am happy to play with these young players and I am enjoying a lot this moment both individually and collectively.

Portugal have two wins from their opening Nations League fixtures, and top the table ahead of France, who beat Croatia 4-2 in Paris.

 

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