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Germany and Denmark draw, win for Czech Republic

Germany conceded a late equaliser in the UEFA Nations League but there were victories for Czech Republic and two young England sides on the international stage.

A Germany side featuring Toni Rudiger brought the curtain down on their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 2-2 draw against the Netherlands, who came back from 2-0 down to earn the point which secured their place in next summer’s finals.

That result means France, who needed the Dutch to lose, will not be involved in the finals.

Timo Werner put Germany in front early on and their lead was extended by Leroy Sane who scored a superb goal in the 20th minute.

Rudiger started on the left-hand side of a three-man defensive unit but Germany were seldom troubled by the Netherlands in the first half.

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Werner was unfortunate not to add to his tally midway through the second half when he fired just wide at the end of a wonderful solo run, but the Dutch set up a tense final few minutes when they pulled a goal back through Quincy Promes, and in a dramatic late twist Virgil Van Dijk scored a brilliant volley in added time to send his side through to the finals.

Rudiger completed the full game for Germany, who knew they had already been relegated to League B going into tonight’s match.

Czech Republic were also in Nations League action and Tomas Kalas started as they beat Slovakia 1-0 at home.

Patrik Schick's goal in the 32nd minute was the difference between the teams on the night but with Ukraine having already secured promotion, Czech Republic will remain in League B.

Andreas Christensen was an unused sub for already-promoted Denmark in their goalless draw against Republic of Ireland.

Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah started for England Under-20s as they beat Germany 2-0 in the Elite League at the Colchester Community Stadium.

Quick-fire second-half goals from Joseph Willock and Lukas Nmecha did the damage for the home side, with both James and Chalobah completing the full game.

Faustino Anjorin was among the scorers as England Under-18s triumphed at the four-team Pinatar Tournament following a 3-1 win over Belgium.

Anjorin, who scored the second of England’s three goals, started the game along with Chelsea team-mate Clinton Mola.
 

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