Batshuayi and Giroud net in international victories

The best chance fell right at the death to Harry Kane, who rounded Kasper Schmeichel but saw his effort cleared off the line. Denmark went closest when Jordan Pickford made a smart save to deny Christian Eriksen. The result leaves Gareth Southgate’s men trailing the leaders Belgium by two points ahead of their meeting next time out at Wembley next month.

Also in Nations League A, France came out on top of a six-goal thriller with Croatia in Paris, a repeat of the scoreline in the 2018 World Cup final. N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic started on opposite sides in midfield, both banking important game time ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League opener at Brighton in six days’ time.

After Dejan Lovren fired Croatia ahead early on, the world champions hit back with two goals in a couple of minutes at the end of the first half, scored by Antoine Griezmann and an own goal. Kovacic claimed an assist when Wolfsburg striker Josip Brekalo equalised but it was France who ended the half strongly again, Dayot Upamecano making it 3-2 before Giroud came off the bench to score from the penalty spot.


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