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2018–19 UEFA Nations League A
Tournament details
Dates League Phase:
6 September–20 November 2018
Finals: 5–9 June 2019
Teams 12
Relegated Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia
23px-Flag of Germany svg Germany
22px-Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland
23px-Flag of Poland svg Poland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 22
Goals scored  (3.5 per match)
Attendance 783,103 (35,596 per match)
Top scorer(s)

The 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A is the top division of the 2018–19 edition of the UEFA Nations League, the inaugural season of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA. League A will culminate with the Nations League Finals in June 2019 to crown the inaugural champions of the UEFA Nations League.

FormatEdit

League A consists of the top 12 ranked UEFA members, split into four groups of three. The winners of each group will advance to the UEFA Nations League Finals, and the third-placed team of each group will be relegated to the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B.

The Nations League Finals will take place in June 2019 and be played in a knockout format, consisting of the semi-finals, third place play-off, and final. The semi-final pairings, along with the administrative home teams for the third place play-off and final, are determined by means of a draw on 3 December 2018. The host country will be selected among the four qualified teams on 3 December 2018 by the UEFA Executive Committee, with the winners of the final crowned as the inaugural champions of the UEFA Nations League.

The four group winners will be drawn into groups of five teams for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying competition (in order to accommodate for the Nations League Finals). In addition, League A will be allocated one of the four remaining UEFA Euro 2020 places. Four teams from League A which have not already qualified for the European Championship finals will compete in the play-offs, to be played in March 2020. The play-off berths will be first allocated to the group winners, and if any of the group winners have already qualified for the European Championship finals, then to the next best ranked team of the league, etc. If there are fewer than four teams in League A which have not already qualified for the European Championship finals, the play-off berths will be allocated to the next best ranked team of the following league, etc. The play-offs will consist of two "one-off" semi-finals (best-ranked team vs. fourth best-ranked team and second best-ranked team vs. third best-ranked team, played at home of higher-ranked teams) and one "one-off" final between the two semi-final winners (venue drawn in advance between semi-final 1 and 2).

SeedingEdit

Teams were allocated to League A according to their UEFA national team coefficients after the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group stage on 11 October 2017. Teams were split into three pots of four teams, ordered based on their UEFA national team coefficient. The seeding pots for the draw were announced on 7 December 2017.

Pot 1
Team Coefficient Rank
Hungary Hungary 43,729 1
23px-Flag of Germany svg Germany 38,655 2
Portugal Portugal 38,123 3
Belgium Belgium 37,311 4
Pot 2
Team Coeff Rank
23px-Flag of Spain.svg Spain 36,617 5
23px-Flag of France svg France 36,604 6
23px-Flag of England.svg England 34,986 7
Switzerland Switzerland 34,426 8
Pot 3
Team Coeff Rank
23px-Flag of Italy svg Italy 32,982 9
22px-Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland 31,155 10
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia 31,139 11
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 29,866 12

The group draw took place at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland on 24 January 2018, 12:00 CET.

GroupsEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 4 2 1 1 8 4 +4 7 Qualification to the Finals
2 23px-Flag of France svg France 4 2 1 1 4 4 0 7
3 23px-Flag of Germany svg Germany (R) 4 0 2 2 3 7 –4 2 Relegation to League B
6 September 2018
20:45
Germany 23px-Flag of Germany svg 0–0 23px-Flag of France svg France
Allianz Arena, Munich
Attendance: 67,485
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

9 September 2018
20:45
France 23px-Flag of France svg 2–1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Mbappé Soccerball shade 14'
Giroud Soccerball shade 75'
Babel Soccerball shade 67'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 76,452
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

13 October 2018
20:45
Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg 3–0 23px-Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Van Dijk Soccerball shade 30'
Depay Soccerball shade 87'
Wijnaldum Soccerball shade 90+3'
Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (Turkey)

16 October 2018
20:45
France 23px-Flag of France svg 2–1 23px-Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Griezmann Soccerball shade 62'80' (pen.) Kroos Soccerball shade 14' (pen.)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)

16 November 2018
20:45
Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2–0 23px-Flag of France svg France
Wijnaldum Soccerball shade 44'
Depay Soccerball shade 90+6' (pen.)
De Kuip, Rotterdam
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)

19 November 2018
20:45
Germany 23px-Flag of Germany.svg 2–2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Werner Soccerball shade 9'
Sané Soccerball shade 20'
Promes Soccerball shade 85'
van Dijk Soccerball shade 90+1'
Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (Romania)

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 4 3 0 1 14 5 +9 9 Qualification to the Finals
2 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3 9
3 Iceland Iceland (R) 4 0 0 4 1 13 –12 0 Relegation to League B
8 September 2018
18:00
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.svg 6–0 Iceland Iceland
Zuber Soccerball shade 13'
Zakaria Soccerball shade 23'
Shaqiri Soccerball shade 53'
Seferović Soccerball shade 67'
Ajetl Soccerball shade 71'
Mehmedi Soccerball shade 82'
Kyubunpark, St. Gallen
Attendance: 14,912
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)

11 September 2018
20:45
Iceland Iceland 0–3 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
E. Hazard Soccerball shade 29' (pen.)
Lukaku Soccerball shade 31'81'
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík
Attendance: 9,710
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

12 October 2018
20:45
Belgium Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 2–1 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland
Lukaku Soccerball shade 58'84' Gavranović Soccerball shade 76'
King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

15 October 2018
20:45
Iceland Iceland 1–2 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland
Finnbogason Soccerball shade 81' Seferović Soccerball shade 52'
Lang Soccerball shade 67'
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)

15 November 2018
20:45
Belgium Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 2–0 Iceland Iceland
Batshuayi Soccerball shade 65'81'
King Baudouin, Brussels
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)

18 November 2018
20:45
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.svg 5–2 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
Rodríguez Soccerball shade 26' (pen.)
Seferović Soccerball shade 31'44'84'
Elvedi Soccerball shade 62'
T. Hazard Soccerball shade 2'17'
Swissporarena, Lucerne
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Hungary Hungary 4 4 0 0 17 1 +16 12 Qualification to the Finals
2 Portugal Portugal 4 1 1 2 1 7 –6 4
3 23px-Flag of Italy svg Italy (R) 4 0 1 3 1 11 –10 1 Relegation to League B
7 September 2018
20:45
Italy 23px-Flag of Italy.svg 0–4 Hungary Hungary
Nagy Soccerball shade 31'
Sallói Soccerball shade 55'
Gera Soccerball shade 80'
Vadócz Soccerball shade 85'
Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany))

10 September 2018
20:45
Portugal Portugal 1–0 23px-Flag of Italy.svg Italy
A. Silva Soccerball shade 48'
Estádio do Luz, Lisbon
Attendance: 52,635
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)

11 October 2018
20:45
Hungary Hungary 3–0 Portugal Portugal
Varga Soccerball shade 7'
Dzsudzsák Soccerball shade 39'
Szobozslai Soccerball shade 83'
Groupama Stadium, Budapest
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)

14 October 2018
20:45
Hungary Hungary 6–1 23px-Flag of Italy.svg Italy
Gyurcsó Soccerball shade 12'
Kleinhesiler Soccerball shade 45+1'
Szalai Soccerball shade 64'73'
Sallói Soccerball shade 80'
Szobozslai Soccerball shade 90+1'
Biraghi Soccerball shade 90+2'
Groupama Stadium, Budapest
Attendance: 21,947
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

17 November 2018
20:45
Italy 23px-Flag of Italy.svg 0–0 Portugal Portugal
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 73,000
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

20 November 2018
20:45
Portugal Portugal 0–4 Hungary Hungary
Priskin Soccerball shade 13'58'
Lovrencsics Soccerball shade 39'
Vadócz Soccerball shade 74'
Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães
Attendance: 29,917
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
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