European top sides, England, Germany and the reigning champions, France, have been winless in the first three games of UEFA Nations League. The Danes, however, was stunned by Croatia's victory at their home turf.
The Three Lions failed to secure their first win and take revenge for their loss in EURO 2020 final against Italy this weekend. The match ended in a stalemate. Gareth Southgate opted to rest the skipper Harry Kane and Jordan Pickford and chose Tammy Abraham and Arsenal's goalie Aaron Ramsdale instead in the line up. The former seemed to be unable to replicate his positive form in AS Roma yet, while the latter was in fact more involved in denying a number of Gli Azzurri's decent chances. Ramsdale's being in-form between the sticks was qute impressive. With only two draws and one defeat, England could be in danger of going down to the second level of Nations League as they are sitting at the bottom of the table.
Surprisingly, they are not the only one. Germany and France are facing the same threat. Die Mannschaft once again were held in a 1-1 draw consecutively. This time it was Hungary which prevented them from snatching their first win. Marco Rossi's men even took the lead first through Nagy before Jonas Hoffman equalised. What was more disappointing from Hans Flick's side is that none of their forwards or even attacking midfielder could score in the first three matches. They are now sitting on the third with three points, just one point clear from England.
Les Blues was even worse. Despite being not in the group of death, they have been struggling to seal a win. Last Friday, Didier Deschamps' side could only muster a 1-1 draw against Austria on the road. They were already one goal behind as Andreas Weinmann found the back of the net. France had been knocking on the door almost throughout the game. Yet, they had to wait for Kylian Mbappe to break the deadlock.
England vs Italy 0-0
England: Aaron Ramsdale – Reece James, Harry Maguire, Fikayo Tomori (Marc Guehi 88), Kieran Trippier – James Ward-Prowse, Declan Rice (Kalvin Phillips 65), Mason Mount (Jarrod Bowen 65), Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling (Bukayo Saka 79) – Tammy Abraham (Harry Kane 65)
Italy: Gianluigi Donnarumma – Gatti, Giovanni de Lorenzo, Rodrigo Acerbi, Federico Dimarco (Alessandro Florenzi 87) – Frattesi, Sandro Tonali, Manuel Locatelli (Winfred Gnonto 64) – Matteo Pessina (Bryan Cristante 88), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Salvatore Esposito 64), Gianluca Scamacca (Giacomo Raspadori 77)
In the meantime, Denmark who managed to secure two victories on the road was shockingly beaten by Croatia at their home turf. Kasper Hjulmann's experiment in switching the formation from their best 3-4-2-1 to 4-3-1-2 did not end well. Despite being the dominant side, they did not succeed in opening the scoring. Plenty of opportunities from Andres Cornelius, Christian Eriksen, Mikkel Damsgaard and even Joakim Maehle ended up straying from the target. Suddenly, Atalanta man Mario Pasalic bagged a goal and stunned the home fans. It was their first win and bumped up their position to the third above France.