A roundup of all of Saturday’s action in the UEFA Nations League…
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Italy 0-0 Portugal
Portugal were without Cristiano Ronaldo, but it didn’t matter as the reigning European champions blunted Italy and held on for a scoreless draw away from home to secure top spot in League A Group 3.
With Ronaldo taking a break from the national team, Portugal managed to win their first two games — one each against Italy and Poland — to arrive at seven points with one game against the last-place and already-relegated Poles remaining.
Turkey 0-1 Sweden
Andreas Granqvist scored the game’s only goal, from the penalty spot, to send Sweden second in League B Group 2 and set up a final-day showdown with Russia for the top spot in the three-team group to secure promotion to League A.
The two sides drew 0-0 in their first meeting, in Russia, last month. A win would send Sweden into the top flight, while a loss or draw would see the Russians battle Europe’s elites next time around.
Albania 0-4 Scotland
Likewise, Scotland put themselves in prime position to win promotion to League B with an emphatic victory over Albania. The Scots’ final-day clash with Israel — the nations are level on six points — will determine the winners of Group C League 1.
Because Israel won the first matchup, they would take the tiebreaker in event of a draw next week.
Elsewhere in UEFA Nations League
League C Group 4
Serbia 2-1 Montenegro
Romania 3-0 Lithuania
League D Group 3
Malta 0-5 Kosovo
Azerbaijan 2-0 Faroe Islands
Sunday’s UEFA Nations League schedule
League A Group 2
Switzerland vs. Belgium — 2:45 p.m. ET
League A Group 4
England vs. Croatia — 9 a.m. ET
League B Group 3
Northern Ireland vs. Austria — 12 p.m. ET
League C Group 2
Hungary vs. Finland — 2:45 p.m. ET
Greece vs. Estonia — 2:45 p.m. ET
League D Group 2
San Marino vs. Belarus — 12 p.m. ET
Moldova vs. Luxembourg — 12 p.m. ET