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UEFA Nations League finals: How the teams qualified

Belgium, France, Italy and Spain topped their League A groups in the second edition of the competition.

Spain defeated Germany 6-0 on their road to the finals
Spain defeated Germany 6-0 on their road to the finals Getty Images

Spain and France will compete for the UEFA Nations League title in Sunday's final after both won their last-four ties, leaving hosts Italy and Belgium aiming for the consolation prize of third place.

See how all four teams earned their spot in the finals.

Italy's route to the finals

Watch every Italy goal on the road to the final four
Watch every Italy goal on the road to the final four

04/09/2020 Italy 1-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
07/09/2020 Netherlands 0-1 Italy
11/10/2020 Poland 0-0 Italy
14/10/2020 Italy 1-1 Netherlands
15/11/2020 Italy 2-0 Poland
18/11/2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-2 Italy

Roberto Mancini's men honed the template that would see them win UEFA EURO 2020 as they negotiated a dicey Group 1. The Azzurri gained just one victory from their opening four fixtures, but it would prove crucial as Nicolò Barella scored the only goal against a Netherlands side that ultimately fell just short in the race for top spot.

Top scorer: Domenico Berardi (2)

Spain's route to the finals

Watch every Spain goal on the road to the final four
Watch every Spain goal on the road to the final four

03/09/2020 Germany 1-1 Spain
06/09/2020 Spain 4-0 Ukraine
10/10/2020 Spain 1-0 Switzerland
13/10/2020 Ukraine 1-0 Spain
14/11/2020 Switzerland 1-1 Spain
17/11/2020 Spain 6-0 Germany

A 1-0 loss in Ukraine was the only minor setback of Spain's Group 4 campaign, which came to a dramatic end in Seville. They needed a draw against Germany to confirm their place in the finals, but did rather better than that, Ferran Torres's hat-trick contributing to a 6-0 success – and Germany's heaviest competitive defeat of all time. "It was one of those rare nights when everything came off," said coach Luis Enrique.

Top scorer: Ferran Torres (4)

Belgium's route to the finals

Watch every Belgium goal on the road to the final four
Watch every Belgium goal on the road to the final four

05/09/2020 Denmark 0-2 Belgium
08/09/2020 Belgium 5-1 Iceland
11/10/2020 England 2-1 Belgium
14/10/2020 Iceland 1-2 Belgium
15/11/2020 Belgium 2-0 England
18/11/2020 Belgium 4-2 Denmark

The presence of Denmark and England in Group 2 represented a significant hurdle for the Red Devils, but while they lost 2-1 at Wembley, their subsequent 2-0 scalp of England teed them up for a 4-2 last-day triumph over the Danes and qualification. "We knew that a point would be enough, but you don’t want to risk it," said Romelu Lukaku as Belgium finished the group five points clear in pole position.

Top scorer: Romelu Lukaku (5)

France's route to the finals

Watch every France goal on the road to the final four
Watch every France goal on the road to the final four

05/09/2020 Sweden 0-1 France
08/09/2020 France 4-2 Croatia
11/10/2020 France 0-0 Portugal
14/10/2020 Croatia 1-2 France
14/11/2020 Portugal 0-1 France
17/11/2020 France 4-2 Sweden

With the teams level on ten Group 3 points going into their fifth game, France's second meeting with Portugal was settled by an N'Golo Kanté goal in Lisbon (only his second for the national side); head-to-read record duly confirmed Les Bleus' finals ticket with a match to spare. "Given the quality of the opposition, it's one of our best performances of recent times," said coach Didier Deschamps.

Top scorer: Olivier Giroud (3)

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