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Portugal faced the Netherlands in the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament final yesterday in Porto and they made the advantage of hosting the event count by beating a rejuivinated Netherlands 1-0, thanks to the only goal of a tight hard fought game from striker Guedes in the second half.

The third place play off final was between Switzerland against England played in Guimarjes and after a goalless 120 minutes the match was settled by penalties and England won again after Switzerland missed their sixth penalty, which is some level of compensation after losing the semi final in extra time against the Netherlands in disappointing fashion after leading 1-0 in normal time.

The Euro 2020 qualifiers continue tonight at 19:45 with twelve matches after two lots of matches on Friday and Saturday, which witnessed a big upset in Group H on Saturday when Turkey beat France 2-0 in Konyo. Scotland won their second Group I match in a row at home to Cyprus and are now in third place level on points with Russia and Wales lost to 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia 2-1 in Osijek.

There are no home nations in action tonight with Enland contesting at the UEFA Nations League tournament but their’s some important games in their Group A with the four other teams others teams the Czech Republic currently in second on three points and they play bottom team Montenegro on two points at home and the Czech’s won both of the previous two encounters. The other game in Group A tonight is between fourth place Bulgaria on two points and third place Kosovo in Bulgaria.

Group D leaders Ireland are in action against bottom team Gribraltar and it should be a comfortable win for Ireland as the visitors have lost eight of their last ten away games conceding three or more goals in the process. Group G leaders Poland on nine point face a batlle for top spot at home against second place Isreal on seven points and Poland should win this by a goal or two but it won’t be easy as Isreal are an improving team who are dangerous in attack and solid enough at the back only conceding three goals in three matches in the qualifiers so far.

Group F leaders Spain on nine points also face a group leader contester match against second place Sweden on seven points at home tonight. Spain are obviously clear favourites to win tonight but they will need to be at their best as they’ve been far from consistent, as they’ve been far from the same team that dominated Europe and the World between 2008 and 2012 and Sweden are usually well organised, defensively solid and more than capable of causing upsets on their day.

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