While Belgium in group 4 is still fully in the running for the Final Four of the Nations League in June 2023, other top countries are faring a lot less. After all, world champion and defending champion in the Nations League France and European champion England are on the verge of being relegated from the highest division of the Nations League. An overview.
Valerie Van Avermaet
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Group 1: Denmark (9 points), Croatia (7), Austria (4), France (2)
In group 1, world champion and defending champion France has already been eliminated for the Final Four. Les Bleus have not yet won a single match in this Nations League campaign and could even be relegated to Division B in the Nations League if it loses to Denmark on Thursday evening.
Leader Denmark can no longer relegate and is certain of a group win and accompanying Final Four if it beats France on Thursday. Croatia may not lose to Austria or they are -regardless of the result of Denmark- eliminated.
Austria could also become group winners if it beats Croatia and if Denmark loses. If Austria wins, it is in any case certain that it will remain in the highest division of the Nations League.
Group 2: Spain (8), Portugal (7), Czech Republic (4), Switzerland (3)
With two days to go, Spain is already certain of retention in Division A of the Nations League. If the Spaniards beat Switzerland and the Portuguese lose to the Czech Republic, Spain is also certain of group victory and the Final Four in June 2023.
Switzerland will be relegated to Division B if it loses to Spain and if the Czech Republic beats Portugal. But the Swiss can just as easily become group winners and will remain in the running if they beat Spain and if Portugal doesn’t beat the Czech Republic. And the Czech Republic also has a chance at the Final Four if it wins itself and Spain does not. So there is still tension in group 2.
Group 3: Hungary (7), Germany (6), Italy (5), England (2)
In group 3, Hungary is the surprising leader for the time being. The Hungarians can qualify for the final phase of the tournament if they win against Germany and if Italy does not beat England. But Hungary can also relegate, it is so close to each other in group 3. Although that chance seems rather small, because the English could not yet win a match in this Nations League campaign. They have already been knocked out in the battle for group wins and will be relegated to Division B if they lose to Germany.
Die Mannschaft must not lose to Hungary if they want to keep their sights on group victory, while Italy must beat England to stay in the running. Or should hope for a draw in the other match.
Group 4: Netherlands (10), Belgium (7), Poland (4), Wales (1)
In group 4 it is a little less exciting, because only the Netherlands and Belgium are still in the running for group victory.
Wales drops a division if it loses to Belgium and if Poland doesn’t lose to the Netherlands. If Wales draws and Poland wins, so be it. So Poland has to do better than Wales to ensure conservation. Just like the Netherlands has to do better than Belgium to be sure of group profit.