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UEFA Nations League: What to look out for on Matchday 2

An important step for Wales is among the highlights on the final day of the second round of fixtures.

Wales skipper Gareth Bale limbers up
Wales skipper Gareth Bale limbers up Getty Images

The third edition of the UEFA Nations League has kicked off. The first matchday is done and the second is almost over, with four more to come ahead of the final tournament in June 2023. UEFA.com picks out the big fixture from the remaining Matchday 2 encounters.

All the Nations League fixtures
Highlights: Sweden 1-2 Norway

Sunday 5 June 
Group A2: Czech Republic 2-2 Spain
Group A2: Portugal 4-0 Switzerland 
Group B4: Serbia 4-1 Slovenia 
Group B4: Sweden 1-2 Norway 
Group C2: Cyprus 0-0 Northern Ireland
Group C2: Kosovo 0-1 Greece
Group C4: Gibraltar 0-2 North Macedonia
Group C4: Bulgaria 2-5 Georgia
Group D2: San Marino 0-2 Malta

Stryger's superb Denmark winner

Monday 6 June
Group A1: Austria 1-2 Denmark
Group A1: Croatia 1-1 France
Group B2: Iceland 1-1 Albania
Group B2: Israel vs Russia (suspended until further notice)
Group C3: Belarus 0-0 Azerbaijan
Group C3: Slovakia 0-1 Kazakhstan
Group D1: Andorra 0-0 Moldova
Group D1: Latvia 1-0 Liechtenstein

Highlights: Lithuania 0-6 Türkiye

Tuesday 7 June
Group A3: Germany 1-1 England
Group A3: Italy 2-1 Hungary
Group B3: Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 Romania
Group B3: Finland 2-0 Montenegro
Group C1: Faroe Islands 0-1 Luxembourg
Group C1: Lithuania 0-6 Türkiye

Wednesday 8 June
Group A4: Belgium vs Poland
Group A4: Wales vs Netherlands
Group B1: Republic of Ireland vs Ukraine
Group B1: Scotland vs Armenia

All kick-off times 20:45 CET unless stated

Wales welcome Dutch diners to the top table

Highlights: Belgium 1-4 Netherlands

A weakened Wales side made a decent fist at their League A debut in Poland last week to kick off the current edition of the Nations League, but now they have secured World Cup qualification, it is their first home game at the highest echelon which has captured the imagination.

The Netherlands are the guests in Cardiff and Rob Page's charges will be eager to ensure they do not gorge themselves on the hosts' hospitality again – the Oranje have won all eight previous meetings and swatted Belgium aside on Friday. Having ended their 64-year wait to reach a World Cup, however, the Dragons ought to be flying high.

Further ahead?

Switzerland v Spain: The full EURO 2020 penalty shoot-out

• Switzerland versus Spain is the standout match-up from the opening tranche of Matchday 3 games. It is the first of a number of UEFA EURO 2020 rematches, though few had the drama of La Roja's 3-1 win on penalties in that St Petersburg quarter-final.

• Croatia and Denmark last met in the last 16 at the 2018 World Cup and two of the key protagonists should feature heavily again on Matchday 3. Kasper Schmeichel saved Luka Modrić's spot kick in the 116th minute to take the game to penalties last time around, though the Vatreni schemer turned the tables as his side won the eventual shoot-out.

Highlights: Italy 1-1 England (3-2 pens)

• Recent EURO encounters will be bubbling beneath the surface again when England and Italy come together for the first time since last summer's final, while Germany will be wary of Hungary after the Magyars came within six minutes of knocking them out in the group stage. Elsewhere, Wales versus Belgium evokes memories of one of the stellar matches from the 2016 finals.

Key dates

Matchdays 3 & 4: 9–14 June 2022
Matchdays 5 & 6: 22–27 September 2022
Finals draw: tbc
Semi-finals: 14 & 15 June 2023
Final & third-place match: 18 June 2023
Play-outs: 21–23 & 24–26 March 2024

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