Germany’s 2-1 Nations League away to world champions France on Tuesday saw them suffer a sixth loss in a single calendar year for the first time ever.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho converted a 78th-minute penalty as a stuttering Italy earned a 1-1 Nations League draw at home with Poland.
The inaugural 2018-19 Uefa Nations League begins this week, with matches taking place across the continent.
The 2018 Fifa World Cup has come and gone but the events over the last month will live long in the memory of those who enjoyed all the action.
Belgium failed to deliver the goods against France, but Croatia’s historic victory against England gives hope to the ‘Golden Generation’ moniker, writes MARSHALL GOUTS.
Domagoj Vida says his pro-Ukraine comments in a social media video were not a political message, with the Croatia defender having avoided a World Cup ban.
This Croatia generation is nothing like the iconic 1998 team. Improvement is needed if the present is to outdo the past at the World Cup.
Croatia reached the World Cup semi-finals for the second time in their history with Ivan Rakitic again the hero in a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Russia.
Croatia beat hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties after their quarter-final encounter ended 2-2 after extra time to book their place in the semi-final of the World Cup.
Either Croatia or Russia will face Gareth Southgate’s England in the World Cup semi-finals after the Three Lions beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara.