Revealed - The UEFA Nations League explained and what happens next

Revealed - The UEFA Nations League explained and what happens next

The inaugural UEFA Nations League has breathed new life into international football and fans are keen to see what the next phase entails.

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England came from behind to beat World Cup finalists, Croatia, 2-1 on Sunday.

As a result, they ended top of League A, Group 4 after seeing off Spain as well.

Briefly.co.za takes a look at what the next round of fixtures holds.

Who made the cut and when will the games be played

The next stage features a knock-out phase and will be played in June 2019 and feature the 4 winners of the 4 groups.

England joined Portugal in the next round along with Switzerland.

The Swiss secured a stunning 5-2 upset victory over Belgium.

Briefly.co.za can also reveal that the Dutch have just qualified as the 4th team following their dramatic 2-2 draw against Germany.

The draw for the finals will take place on 3rd December and the fixtures will be played in Portugal.

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Promotion and Relegation battles

Another interesting component of the new format is the fact that teams will compete for promotion and those above them will fight relegation.

The teams at the bottom of each group in leagues A, B and C will face relegation, while the winners of groups from leagues B, C and D will be rewarded through promotion to the next tier.

Teams that finish neither first nor last, will remain in their current leagues but their Euro 2020 ranking will be affected based on performances.

The relegated teams from League A have already been confirmed and those are Germany, Poland, Croatia and Iceland.

Conversely, Ukraine, Denmark and Bosnia Herzegovina have already achieved promotion.

Sadly, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Turkey will all face the drop from League B.

The confirmed nations to be relegated from League C are Lithuania, Slovenia, Albania and Estonia.

League D sees Belarus and Georgia gaining promotion already.

All standings will be finalised by Tuesday when the remaining matches will be completed.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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