Vestergaard helps Denmark to Nations League success

By SFC Media time Sun 15 Nov International
Photo by Getty Images | Jannik Vestergaard

Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard helped Denmark retain second spot in UEFA Nations League A Group Two, making it back-to-back wins in the competition.

A standout performer for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side in recent weeks, the central defender was rewarded with a start for his country, completing 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Iceland.

Two Christian Eriksen penalties were enough for the hosts, following up last month’s standout win over England at Wembley.

Kasper Hjulmand’s side extend their lead over the Three Lions to three points, next facing a trip to group leaders Belgium on Wednesday night.

Elsewhere, Scotland suffered a hangover following their historic Euro 2020 qualification on Thursday by suffering a 1-0 defeat in Slovakia.

Switching attention to the Nations League, Stuart Armstrong was awarded a start and remained on the pitch until the 87th minute, but was unable to help retain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Steve Clark’s side will now head to Israel on Wednesday looking to remain ahead of second-placed Czech Republic in League B Group 2.

Also suffering Nations League defeat was Jan Bednarek, with Poland losing 2-0 to Italy in Reggio.

Ever-present for club and country, the defender completed the full 90 minutes, but was unable to avoid a first defeat in four.

WARSAW, POLAND - OCTOBER 13: Jan Bednarek of Poland in action during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Poland and North Macedonia on October 13, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)
Jan Bednarek suffered defeat with Poland (Photo: Getty Images)

Poland will now host the Netherlands on Wednesday, looking to retain second place in League A Group 1.

Completing a busy day of Saints representation on the international stage, Michael Obafemi started the opening 74 minutes in the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s 2021 Under-21 European Championship qualifier with Iceland.

The hosts lead courtesy of an own goal, but the visitors hit back to snatch victory in second-half stoppage time, as Saints youngster Tom O’Connor was also introduced from the substitutes bench.

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