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Final group matches of UEFA Nations League begins

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Iceland’s players take part in a training session in Brussels on November 14, 2018, on the eve of the UEFA Nations League football match between Belgium and Iceland. (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR / BELGA / AFP) / Belgium OUT

The group stage of the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League will wrap up with 46 matches across Europe from today to November 20, with promotion, relegation and a place in the Finals up for grabs.
 
Spain could become the first team to secure a place in the Finals from League A when they play away to Croatia in Zagreb in their final match of Group 4 this night.

La Furia Roja need a win to guarantee top spot, yet a triumph for the Blazers would set up a massive showdown with England in London on Sunday in which relegation or advancement to the Finals would be on the line.

 
Today also sees Belgium with a chance to effectively wrap up Group 2 in League A, as they welcome already-relegated Iceland to Brussels. The Red Devils are looking to open a three-point lead over Switzerland, before the pair meet in the final match of the group in Lucerne on Sunday.
 
Tomorrow’s League A showdown is in Rotterdam, where world champions France need only avoid defeat against the Netherlands to secure top spot in Group 1.

Assuming Les Bleus do claim a place in the finals, the Oranje and old rivals Germany would then have a battle to avoid relegation to League B when they meet in Gelsenkirchen next Monday night.
 
Saturday’s League A match takes place in Milan and sees Italy looking to bring themselves back into Group 3 contention when they host leaders Portugal.

Yet even a loss at the San Siro wouldn’t be the end of the story for Fernando Santos’ team, as they would have a chance to reclaim first place and move into the Finals with a win at home to already-relegated Poland in Braga next Tuesday.
 
Some of the key games from League B (where the Ukraine have already earned promotion) include the clash between Turkey and Sweden in Konya on Saturday, with the Scandinavians looking to keep the fight for promotion alive and set up a winner-takes-all clash with Russia in Solna.

Bosnia-Herzegovina need only avoid defeat in Vienna today to earn promotion, and Denmark will fancy their chances of rising to the top of Group 4 with games away to Wales and at home to Ireland tomorrow and Monday respectively.


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