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Rashford Scores In England Win V Belgium; Haaland Hat Trick

Norway's Erling Braut Haaland, right, celebrates after scoring, during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Norway and Romania at Ullevaal Stadium, in Oslo, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, (Stian Lysberg Solum /NTB scanpix via AP)

Norway's Erling Braut Haaland, right, celebrates after scoring, during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Norway and Romania at Ullevaal Stadium, in Oslo, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, (Stian Lysberg Solum /NTB scanpix via AP)

England came from behind to beat Belgium 21 and move top of its UEFA Nations League group on Sunday, and Erling Haaland netted a hat trick to help Norway assuage its European Championship playoff disappointment.

MILAN: Portugal and France lost their perfect records in this seasons UEFA Nations League after playing out a 0-0 draw against each other on Sunday, and Belgium saw its 13-match unbeaten run ended by a 2-1 defeat against England.

Two of the sports best forwards were kept quiet at a chilly Stade de France.

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo had a good chance in the second minute of injury time, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris palmed away his angled shot from the left. Frances Kylian Mbappe was substituted near the end after having failed to make an impression against the Nations League champions resolute defense.

Portugal stays top in Group 3 of League A, ahead of France on goal difference, with both teams on seven points.

Third-place Croatia has three points after beating Sweden 2-1. Substitute Andrej Kramari scored the winner in that match, nine minutes after coming off the bench.

ENGLAND COMEBACK

England came from behind to beat Belgium and move top in Group 2 of League A.

Marcus Rashfords penalty canceled out Romelu Lukakus spot kick in the first half before Mason Mounts looping, deflected shot clinched Englands first victory over a top-ranked team in nine years.

England moved a point ahead of second-place Belgium and three above Denmark which beat Iceland 3-0.

STALEMATES

Italy was held to a 0-0 draw against Poland but remained top of its group after the Netherlands drew by the same score against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The match was supposed to pit two of Europes top goalscorers against each other in Robert Lewandowski and Ciro Immobile. However, Italy coach Roberto Mancini surprisingly left Immobile on the bench.

Italy is a point above the Netherlands and Poland in Group 1 of League A. It plays the Netherlands on Wednesday.

HAALAND HAT TRICK

Erling Haaland netted a hat trick to help Norway thrash Romania 4-0 and assuage its European Championship playoff disappointment.

Alexander Srloth scored Norways other goal. Haaland already has six goals in the competition.

Norway lost a Euro 2020 playoff to Serbia on Thursday.

Norway is level on six points with leader Austria in Group 1 of League B.

Austria beat host Northern Ireland 1-0.

OTHER MATCHES

Finland beat Bulgaria 2-0 in Group 4 of League B and Ireland drew 0-0 against Wales.

Also in League B, it was: Israel 1, Czech Republic 2; Scotland 1, Slovakia 0; Russia 1, Turkey 1; and Serbia 0, Hungary 1.

There were four draws in League C: Armenia 2, Georgia 2; Estonia 3, North Macedonia 3; Kazakhstan 0, Albania 0; and Lithuania 2, Belarus 2.

Also, Greece beat Moldova 2-0 and Slovenia won 1-0 in Kosovo.

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