A roundup of all of Friday’s action in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League…
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Belgium 2-1 Switzerland
Romelu Lukaku scored the 44th and 45th goals of his Belgium career (he’s already the all-time leading scorer in his country’s history, at the age of 25, 15 goals ahead of second place) on Friday, which were all the Red Devils needed to top Switzerland in League A Group 2 play.
Manchester United’s star striker opened the scoring in the 58th minute before Mario Gavranovic drew the visitors level in the 76th. The 1-1 scoreline was short-lived, though, as Lukaku bagged the eventual winner in the 84th minute. The victory makes Belgium a perfect two-for-two in group play and sends them three points clear of the second-place Swiss.
Croatia 0-0 England
A rematch of the 2018 World Cup semifinals, this should have been a worthwhile clash in League A Group 4. Instead, it saw the two sides combine for just 14 shots (5 on target) and failed to produce a memorable moment in a game played behind closed doors. Spain sit top of the group, five points clear of both England and Croatia.
Austria 1-0 Northern Ireland
Marko Arnautovic broke a scoreless deadlock in the 71st minute to hand Austria its first victory and points in League B Group 3 play. With Bosnia & Herzegovina perfect after two games and sitting on six points, a draw would have done neither side much good on Friday.
Elsewhere in UEFA Nations League action
League C Group 2
Greece 1-0 Hungary
Estonia 0-1 Finland
League D Group 2
Moldova 2-0 San Marino
Belarus 1-0 Luxembourg
Saturday’s UEFA Nations League schedule (all games start at 2:45 p.m. ET, unless noted)
League A Group 1
Netherlands vs. Germany
League B Group 1
Slovakia vs. Czech Republic — 9 p.m. ET
League B Group 4
Ireland vs. Denmark
League C Group 3
Norway vs. Slovakia — 12 p.m. ET
Bulgaria vs. Cyprus
League D Group 1
Latvia vs. Kazakhstan — 12 p.m. ET
Georgia vs. Andorra — 12 p.m. ET
League D Group 4
Armenia vs. Gibraltar — 12 p.m. ET
Macedonia vs. Lichtenstein