Mbappe Stunner Leads France To First Win

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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 22: Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 1 match between France and Austria at Stade de France on September 22, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 22: Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 1 match between France and Austria at Stade de France on September 22, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Group 1

France 2-0 Austria

France finally got their first win of the UEFA Nations League campaign after defeating Austria 2-0 at the Stade de France.

After a goalless first half, Kylian Mbappe broke the deadlock in the 55th minute as he shrugged off a couple challenges before rifling the ball into the far corner.

The lead was doubled ten minutes later as Olivier Giroud bagged his 49th goal for the team, two goals away from Thierry Henry's all-time scoring record.

The win leaves France in third spot, while Austria have fallen to the foot of the standings.

Croatia 2-1 Denmark  

Croatia moved to the top of Group 1 with a 2-1 victory over Denmark on Thursday evening.

Borna Sosa opened the scoring for the home side in the 49th minute, before Manchester United star Christian Eriksen levelled matters with a superb strike for Denmark.

However, the hosts had the final say with 11 minutes to go as Lovro Majer got the all-important winner.

Group 3

Belgium 2-1 Wales

Belgium made it back-to-back wins in the group after edging past Wales at the Stade Roi Baudouin.

Roberto Martinez's troops got off to a perfect start as talisman Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring on 10 minutes with a first-time strike on the edge of the box from Michy Batshuayi.

De Bruyne returned the favour on 37 minutes when he turned provider to set up Batshuayi for the second goal.

Kieffer Moore pulled one back for Wales five minutes after the halftime break, but the hosts were able to hold out for the win.

Poland 0-2 Netherlands

Netherlands maintained top spot in the group after defeating Poland 2-0 on Thursday evening.

Louis van Gaal's charges opened the scoring after 13 minutes, with Denzel Dumfries playing in Cody Gakpo who made no mistake from close range.

The Dutch lost Memphis Depay to injury on 52 minutes, but they managed to get the second goal eight minutes later thanks to Steven Bergwijn.

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