Kevin Mbabu and Renato Steffen began Switzerland’s Group 4 campaign in UEFA Nations League A with a 2-1 defeat away to Ukraine. Mbabu played the entire match, while Steffen came on in the second half. Switzerland face Germany this evening (Sunday, 20:45 CEST kick-off) in Basel, and already find themselves under pressure to get a result.
Victory for Schlager and Pervan
VfL’s Austrian duo Xaver Schlager and Pavao Pervan fared better as their side beat Norway 2-1 in Oslo on Friday. Schlager played the full 90 minutes, while Pervan was an unused substitute in what was an historic win. Austria are back in action in Group 1 of UEFA Nations League B on Monday, hosting Romania in Klagenfurt (20:45 CEST kick-off).
Brekalo in the starting line-up
There was less to celebrate for Josip Brekalo on Saturday, whose Croatia team went down 4-1 to Portugal in Group 3 of UEFA Nations League A. Brekalo started the match and was replaced in the 61st minute by Ivan Perisic. Things will not get any easier for the Croats on Tuesday 8 September when they travel to Paris to face France.
Casteels an unused substitute
Wolves goalkeeper Koen Casteels watched on from the bench on Saturday evening as Belgium won 2-0 away to Denmark in Group 2 of UEFA Nations League A. Their next match is on Tuesday 8 September at home to Iceland in Brussels.
Bialek sees some action
New VfL recruit Bartosz Bialek enjoyed a comfortable win on Friday with the Poland U21 team, who thumped Estonia 6-0 away in their European Championship qualifier. Bialek came on in the 68th minute, and the 18-year-old will be hoping for more playing time in the Poles’ next Group 5 match at home to Russia on Tuesday 8 September.