UEFA Nations League semi-final draw unveiled [See fixtures]
UEFA Nations League semi-final draw confirmed [See fixtures].
Bronze medalists in the 2022 World Cup, Croatia will face the Netherlands in the Nations League semifinals in June, while Italy and Spain will renew their rivalry in the other game.
Last year, the four countries won their respective League A groups and will compete in the mini-tournament this summer to determine the 2022-23 title.
Wednesday’s draw, conducted at UEFA headquarters in Switzerland, has the Dutch hosting the Croats, fresh from reaching the World Cup semifinals in Qatar, in Rotterdam on June 14 with Italy and Spain clashing in Enschede the next day.
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The winners will compete in the final in Rotterdam on June 18, with the third-place playoff taking place earlier that day in Enschede.
Spain finished second to France in the last edition in 2021, defeating hosts Italy in the semifinals with a Ferran Torres double in a 2-1 victory in Milan.
Italy and the Netherlands also return for a second appearance at the finals while this is Croatia’s first time.
Italians finished third in 2021, while the Dutch finished second in Portugal’s maiden competition in 2019.
Every European nation competes in the Nations League every two years. The nations are split into four-tier leagues. It has basically taken the place of friendly matches that were formerly held on days designated for international competition.
The 2023 #NationsLeague Finals!
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