Some big moves took place in the UEFA Nations Cup on Friday night.
Starting with League A, the sole game tonight between France and the Netherlands had ramifications for the entirety of Group A.
The Dutch were two points ahead of Germany heading into their game tonight, with two matches remaining as opposed to just the one for the 2014 World Cup champions.
A resurgent Netherlands side defeated the current world champions 2-0 at the Stadion Feyenoord to condemn Jogi Loew’s side to League B of the competition, being five points behind with just a game remaining.
Gini Wijnaldum opened the scoring after a defensive mishap, and a Memphis Depay penalty with virtually the final kick of the game. They face Germany next week knowing that a draw would secure first place in Group A.
League B saw even more upheaval.
With Ireland’s poor return of a solitary point in their three games so far, they were always very likely to face relegation to League C, thereby making their Euro 2020 hopes all the more difficult.
Nonetheless, the boys in green were relying on Wales to defeat Denmark to keep their slim chance of survival alive.
It wasn’t to be, with the Dane prevailing 2-1 in Cardiff. Nicolai Jorgensen got the opener just before half time, before Martin Braithwaite doubled their advantage with a fine strike just before the full 90 minutes were up.
Gareth Bale posted an immediate response, but the visitors saw out the narrow win to go top of Group 4.
Ireland’s trip to Arhus is now a matter of pride, with their fate already sealed elsewhere.