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Football news - UEFA Nations League latest results and standings: Germany in crisis

Nations League standings: Germany in crisis, Gibraltar creating history
By Eurosport

17/10/2018 at 09:29Updated 17/10/2018 at 11:23

The UEFA Nations League is underway. Below we run through all the drama and results from the latest round of matches from UEFA’s newest competition.

Just a brief reminder of how this all works. Every UEFA nation is split into four leagues with each league containing four groups of either three or four teams.

Every team plays each other home and away and the top team of each group goes into the league play-offs. The winners of each league's play-off qualify for Euro 2020, unless of course they’ve already qualified through the separate qualification process, then their place goes to a lower-ranked team.

Oh, and there’s promotion and relegation as well as an overall champion who will come from the top league.

In fact, you should probably take a couple of minutes to watch this explainer video to be honest…

Video - UEFA Nations League explained – how on earth does it work?

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League A

Group 1

Problems are mounting for Germany manager Joachim Low.

Problems are mounting for Germany manager Joachim Low.PA Sport

Round 1

  • Germany 0-0 France
  • France 2-1 Netherlands

Round 2

  • Netherlands 3-0 Germany
  • France 2-1 Germany

Germany's demoralising run of results continued as they were between 3-0 by the Netherlands on Saturday night and then 2-1 by France on Tuesday.

The 2014 World Champions endured a difficult summer at the World Cup, but there was little sign of a recovery in Amsterdam as they succumbed to a 3-0 loss against their Nations League Group 1 opponents.

World champions France then compounded the misery as an Antoine Griezmann double gave them victory at the Stade de France. Didier Deschamps' side are four points clear of the Netherlands whilst Germany are facing relegation.

Nations League A Group 1

Group 2

Romelu Lukaku scores for Belgium

Romelu Lukaku scores for BelgiumGetty Images

Round 1

  • Switzerland 6-0 Iceland
  • Iceland 0-3 Belgium

Round 2

  • Belgium 2-1 Switzerland
  • Iceland 1-2 Switzerland

Iceland have, for the last four years or so, been firmly punching above their weight.

However, their start to the Nations League has been nothing short of shambolic, following up a 6-0 loss to Switzerland with a 3-0 defeat against Belgium.

Roberto Martinez's side are sitting pretty at the top with two wins from two, their most recent coming thanks to a brace from Romelu Lukaku against the Swiss.

Iceland are now relegated to Group 3 following their 2-1 loss to Switzerland at home.

Nations League A Group 2

Group 3

Cristiano Biraghi esulta dopo il gol

Cristiano Biraghi esulta dopo il golGetty Images

Round 1

  • Italy 1-1 Poland
  • Portugal 1-0 Italy

Round 2

  • Poland 2-3 Portugal
  • Poland 0-1 Italy

Poland are the first team to be relegated from League A after they suffered back-to-back home defeats to Portugal and Italy this week - Cristiano Biraghi's injury-time winner on Sunday night ensuring their demotion.

The goal also ensured that Italy still have a chance of pipping Portugal to the finals - although the Azzurri will have to win at home to their rivals in the final round of games on November 17, and then hope Portugal fail to get a result against Poland.

Group 3

Group 4

Jadon Sancho, left, came on for Sterling against Croatia

Jadon Sancho, left, came on for Sterling against CroatiaPA Sport

Round 1

  • England 1-2 Spain
  • Spain 6-0 Croatia

Round 2

  • Croatia 0-0 England
  • Spain 2-3 England

England's stunning 3-2 victory in Seville has blown this group wide open as they've closed the gap on Spain to just two points.

Croatia are finally off the mark with their point against England but are still in real trouble. Their matches in November will be crucial.

Nations League A Group 4

League B

Group 1

Round 1

  • Czech Republic 1-2 Ukraine
  • Ukraine 1-0 Slovakia

Round 2

  • Slovakia 1-2 Czech Republic
  • Ukraine 1-0 Czech Republic

It has been the perfect start for Ukraine with three wins from three. Their victory over the Czech Republic on Tuesday night has sealed promotion to League A.

A late header by substitute Patrik Schick gave Czech Republic a 2-1 win over neighbouring Slovakia on Saturday and earned the visiting side their first points.

They are battling it out with Marek Hamsik's Slovakia to stay in the group.

Nations League B Group 1

Group 2

Round 1

  • Turkey 1-2 Russia
  • Sweden 2-3 Turkey

Round 2

  • Russia 0-0 Sweden
  • Russia 2-0 Turkey

After collecting four points from their two games this week, culminating in a crucial 2-0 win over Turkey in Sochi, Russia are just one point away from winning promotion to League A.

Roman Neustadter and Denis Cheryshev were on target for Russia, who will seal promotion with a draw against Sweden on November 20 - or if Sweden fail to beat Turkey three days before.

Artem Dzyuba netted the winner for Russia in their opening match away in Turkey, but Mircea Lucescu’s side responded perfectly by beating Sweden 3-2.

They had to do it the hard way, finding themselves 2-0 down after Viktor Claesson’s strike just after half-time. More late drama ensued as substitute Emre Akbaba levelled matters in the 88th minute and then struck the winner four minutes later!

Group 2

Group 3

Round 1

  • Northern Ireland 1-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 Austria

Round 2

  • Austria 1-0 Northern Ireland
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 Northern Ireland

Bosnia followed up their 2-1 victory away at Northern Ireland with a 1-0 win against Austria to top the group and they need just a point away in Vienna to secure promotion.

Michael O'Neill's side were beaten in Vienna in the second round of matches courtesy of a Marko Arnautovic strike and their relegation was all but confirmed when an Edin Dzeko double sunk them on Monday. They have to beat Austria at home in November.

Nations League B Group 3

Group 4

Round 1

  • Wales 4-1 Republic of Ireland
  • Denmark 2-0 Wales

Round 2

  • Republic of Ireland 0-0 Denmark
  • Republic of Ireland 0-1 Wales

Republic of Ireland earned their first point in the competition thanks to a goalless draw in Dublin against Denmark in the second round of matches.

But their good work was undone when a late Harry Wilson wondergoal consigned them to defeat at home against Wales.

The result puts Wales in control of the group but things could look different after the clash with Denmark in November.

Wales opened up B4 in style by thrashing Republic of Ireland 4-1 in Cardiff. However they were brought back to earth in the second game as Denmark defeated them 2-0.

For reference that Denmark team contained the actual Denmark team, rather than the amateurs-Danish futsal team combo who lost to Slovakia.

Nations League B Group 4

League C

Group 1

Round 1

  • Albania 1-0 Israel
  • Scotland 2-0 Albania

Round 2

  • Israel 2-1 Scotland
  • Israel 2-0 Albania

Israel are in pole position in Group 1 after back-to-back wins in the October fixtures.

Scotland lost in Israel but have points on the board thanks to a 2-0 win over Albania in their opening Nations League match.

Albania had won their first match against Israel 1-0 a few days earlier.

Scotland are away to Albania and home to Israel in their final two games - and need two results.

Group 1

Group 2

Round 1

  • Finland 1-0 Hungary
  • Estonia 0-1 Greece
  • Finland 1-0 Estonia
  • Hungary 2-1 Greece

Round 2

  • Estonia 0-1 Finland
  • Greece 1-0 Hungary
  • Finland 2-0 Greece
  • Estonia 3-3 Hungary

Finland and Greece began with 1-0 wins but only the former emerged from matchday two with a 100 per cent record after they beat Estonia 1-0 at home. Hungary bounced back from their loss to Finland with a 2-1 win over Greece.

Finland then made it three wins from three when they completed the double over Estonia in Tallinn thanks to Teemu Pukki's dramatic late winner.

And they made it the perfect start with a 2-0 win at home to Greece to take control. They need just a point from either of their November matches to secure promotion.

A late equaliser from Adam Szalai gave Hungary a dramatic 3-3 draw against Estonia, to leave their opponents staring at relegation.

Nations League C Group 2

Group 3

Round 1

  • Slovenia 1-2 Bulgaria
  • Norway 2-0 Cyprus
  • Bulgaria 1-0 Norway
  • Cyprus 2-1 Slovenia

Round 2

  • Norway 1-0 Slovenia
  • Bulgaria 2-1 Cyprus
  • Slovenia 1-1 Cyprus
  • Norway 1-0 Bulgaria

Bulgaria and Norway are both top with three wins from four, with the former losing away to the latter in the most recent match.

Slovenia and Norway had both been put to the sword in the opening round of matches, but Bulgaria needed a 67th-minute strike from Todor Nedelev to maintain their perfect record.

Norway's six points from this international break has made things very interesting and now it all rests on how they get on against the other two sides in the group. Both of whom will be fighting to avoid relegation.

Nations League C Group 3

Group 4

Round 1

  • Lithuania 0-1 Serbia
  • Romania 0-0 Montenegro
  • Serbia 2-2 Romania
  • Montenegro 2-0 Lithuania

Round 2

  • Montenegro 0-2 Serbia
  • Lithuania 1-2 Romania
  • Romania 0-0 Serbia
  • Lithuania 1-4 Montenegro

Serbia are top of a tight Group 4 after their 0-0 draw in Romania this week - although they could have pushed for a win after the hosts were reduced to 10 men for the second half. Dusan Tadic also missed a penalty.

Montenegro are just a point off top after hammering Lithuania 4-1 away.

Lithuania are in a world of pain with relegation all but confirmed.

Group 4

League D

Group 1

Round 1

  • Kazakhstan 0-2 Georgia
  • Latvia 0-0 Andorra
  • Georgia 1-0 Latvia
  • Andorra 1-1 Kazakhstan

Round 2

  • Latvia 1-1 Kazakhstan
  • Georgia 3-0 Andorra
  • Kazakhstan 4-0 Andorra
  • Latvia 0-3 Georgia

Georgia's 3-0 win away in Latvia on Tuesday has seen them secure promotion with four wins from four, nine goals scored and zero conceded. Latvia and Andorra are battling it out to stay in the group.

Nations League D Group 1

Group 2

Round 1

  • Belarus 5-0 San Marino
  • Luxembourg 4-0 Moldova
  • Moldova 0-0 Belarus
  • San Marino 0-3 Luxembourg

Round 2

  • Moldova 2-0 San Marino
  • Belarus 1-0 Luxembourg
  • Luxembourg 3-0 San Marino
  • Belarus 0-0 Moldova

Luxembourg have gone back to the top of the group thanks to a 3-0 thrashing of San Marino. Belarus trail by a point following a 0-0 draw at home to Moldova.

San Marino are all but relegated but the rest of the group is wide over.

Nations League D Group 2

Group 3

Round 1

  • Azerbaijan 0-0 Kosovo
  • Faroe Islands 3-1 Malta
  • Malta 1-1 Azerbaijan
  • Kosovo 2-0 Faroe Islands

Round 2

  • Kosovo 3-1 Malta
  • Faroe Islands 0-3 Azerbaijan
  • Azerbaijan 1-1 Malta
  • Faroe Islands 1-1 Kosovo

Kosovo are still in pole position despite a 1-1 draw at the Faroe Islands on Sunday. Azerbaijan missed the chance to draw level at the top of Group 3 as they were held 1-1 by Malta.

Kosovo host Azerbaijan in the final match of the group on November 20.

Group 3

Group 4

Round 1

  • Armenia 2-1 Liechtenstein
  • Gibraltar 0-2 FYR Macedonia
  • FYR Macedonia 2-0 Armenia
  • Liechtenstein 2-0 Gibraltar

Round 2

  • Macedonia 4-1 Liechtenstein
  • Armenia 0-1 Gibraltar
  • Gibraltar 2-1 Liechtenstein
  • Armenia 4-0 Macedonia

Gibraltar collected their first ever competitive win in round two against Armenia, but it is Macedonia who lead the way after back-to-back 2-0 wins in the first round were followed up with a resounding 4-1 triumph at home to Liechtenstein.

Gibraltar then won their second match in incredible scenes as they came from behind to beat Liechtenstein. Macedonia remain top despite getting thrashed in Armenia.

Nations League D Group 4
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