Three elite teams, England, France and Belgium suffered losses in Nations League 2022/23 opener whereas Ralf Ragnick started off well with Austria.


England, France and Belgium were not able to snatch points against their oppositions this week on matchday one in Europa League. They even stumbled without a point in hand.


England was defeated 1-0 while travelling to Hungary in Budapest. The home side was suspended for hosting the game without fans. Yet, Puskas Arena was filled with 30,000 people, mostly children, who are still allowed to attend the match for free. Such definitely disappointed FA. Consequently, Harry Kane and Co failed to be in-form on the pitch as well, due to the lack of their fans' support and possibly fatigue after their long and intense season. They barely had decent chances and eventually conceded through a controversial penalty by RB Leipzig man Dominik Szoboszlai.


The reigning Champions, France even gained worse result as they were beaten 2-1 at their home turf by Denmark. Karim Benzema gave them the lead first earlier at the second half after his goal was disallowed before the interval. Les Blues wasted a number of chances as Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Christopher Nkunku failed to capitalise their shots on target. Such apparently cost a lot for them as Kasper Hjulman's men managed to respond twice through the substitute, Andres Cornelius. The former Parma forward netted a brace to secure an important victory for The Danish Dynamite.


In the meantime, Belgium's golden generation seems to be reaching for the end as they were hammered by Netherlands 4-1 at home. They were even hapless throughout the game and already four goals behind as Steven Bergwijn and Denzel Dumfries bagged a goal plus Memphis Depay's brace. De Rode Duivels could only score a consolation goal through Michy Batsuayi.


France vs Denmark 1-2


Goals: Karim Benzema (51); Andres Cornelius (68, 88)

France : Hugo Lloris – Lucas Hernandez, Raphael Varane (William Saliba 61), Jules Kounde ( Moussa Diaby 91) – NGolo Kante, Aurilien Tchouameni, Theo Hernandez, Kingsley Coman (Jonathan Clauss 91) – Antoine Griezmann (Adrien Rabiot 78), Kylian Mbappe (Christopher Nkunku 46), Karim Benzema


Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel – Jannik Vestergaard (Rasmus Kristensen 60), Nelsson, Andersen – Joakim Maehle, Pierre Hojberg, Daniel Wass (Mikkel Damsgaard (60), Thomas Delaney (Mathias Jensen 85) – Christian Eriksen, Andre Skov-Olsen (Martin Braithwaite 84), Kasper Dolberg (Andreas Cornelius 60)

Meanwhile, the duel of powerhouse between Italy and Germany plus Spain and Portugal ended as expected. They all shared spoils in a 1-1 draw. The better result came from Ralf Ragnick's new side, Austria. The former caretaker in Manchester United last season guided Marcel Sabitzer and Co to a convincing 3-0 victory on the road while taking on Croatia. Marko Arnautovic scored an opener, followed by Michael Gregoritsch's goal and wrapped up by the skipper, Marcel Sabitzer's goal from a long-range shot.