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2020–21 UEFA Nations League A
Tournament details
DatesLeague phase:
3 September – 17 November 2020
Nations League Finals:
2–6 June 2021
Teams16
Relegated Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Iceland
 Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played47
Goals scored129 (2.74 per match)
Attendance62,370 (1,327 per match)
Top scorer(s)Belgium Romelu Lukaku (5 goals)

The 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A is the top division of the 2020–21 edition of the UEFA Nations League, the second 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 2021 to determine the champions of the competition.

Portugal were the defending champions, but they failed to qualify for the 2021 finals after finishing second in their group behind France.

Format

Following a format change from the first season, League A was expanded from 12 to 16 teams. The league consists of the top ranked UEFA members from 1–16 in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League overall ranking, split into four groups of four. Each team played six matches within their group, using the home-and-away round-robin format on double matchdays in September, October and November 2020. The winners of each group advanced to the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals, and the fourth-placed team of each group will be relegated to the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B.

The Nations League Finals will take place in June 2021 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. The host country will be selected among the four qualified teams by the UEFA Executive Committee, with the winners of the final crowned as the champions of the UEFA Nations League.

The four group winners will be drawn into groups of five teams for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (in order to accommodate for the Nations League Finals).

Teams

Team changes

The following are the team changes of League A from the 2018–19 season:

Incoming
Promoted from
Nations League B

The following team changes were initially set to occur in League A, but did not after no teams were relegated due to the format change by UEFA:

Outgoing
Initially relegated to
Nations League B

Seeding

In the 2020–21 access list, UEFA ranked teams based on the 2018–19 Nations League overall ranking, with a slight modification: teams which were originally relegated in the previous season were ranked immediately below teams promoted prior to the format change. The seeding pots for the league phase were confirmed 4 December 2019, and were based on the access list ranking.

Pot 1
Team Rank
 Portugal (title holders) 1
 Netherlands 2
 England 3
 Switzerland 4
Pot 2
Team Rank
 Belgium 5
 France 6
 Spain 7
 Italy 8
Pot 3
Team Rank
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9
 Ukraine 10
 Denmark 11
 Sweden 12
Pot 4
Team Rank
 Croatia 13
 Poland 14
 Germany 15
 Iceland 16

The draw for the league phase took place on 3 March 2020, 18:00 CET, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Each group contained one team from each pot.

Groups

Times are CET/CEST, as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Group 1

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Italy 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12 Qualification to Nations League Finals
 Netherlands 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 11
 Poland 6 2 1 3 6 6 0 7
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (R) 6 0 2 4 3 11 −8 2 Relegation to League B
4 September 2020 (2020-09-04)
20:45
Italy  1–1  Bosnia and Herzegovina Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
Sensi Goal 67' Report Džeko Goal 57'
4 September 2020 (2020-09-04)
20:45
Netherlands  1–0  Poland Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
Attendance: 0
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
Bergwijn Goal 61' Report

7 September 2020 (2020-09-07)
20:45
Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–2  Poland Bilino Polje, Zenica
Attendance: 0
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Hajradinović Goal 24' (pen.) Report Glik Goal 45'
Grosicki Goal 67'
7 September 2020 (2020-09-07)
20:45
Netherlands  0–1  Italy Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
Attendance: 0
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Report Barella Goal 45+1'

11 October 2020 (2020-10-11)
18:00
Bosnia and Herzegovina  0–0  Netherlands Bilino Polje, Zenica
Attendance: 1,600
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
Report
11 October 2020 (2020-10-11)
20:45
Poland  0–0  Italy Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Gdańsk
Attendance: 9,200
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (Spain)
Report

14 October 2020 (2020-10-14)
20:45
Italy  1–1  Netherlands Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo
Attendance: 623
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
Pellegrini Goal 16' Report Van de Beek Goal 25'
14 October 2020 (2020-10-14)
20:45
Poland  3–0  Bosnia and Herzegovina Stadion Miejski, Wrocław
Attendance: 8,152
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
Lewandowski Goal 40'52'
Linetty Goal 45+1'
Report Ahmedhodžić Red card 15'

15 November 2020 (2020-11-15)
18:00
Netherlands  3–1  Bosnia and Herzegovina Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
Attendance: 0
Referee: François Letexier (France)
Wijnaldum Goal 6'14'
Depay Goal 55'
Report Prevljak Goal 63'
15 November 2020 (2020-11-15)
20:45
Italy  2–0  Poland Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia
Attendance: 0
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Jorginho Goal 27' (pen.)
Berardi Goal 84'
Report Góralski Yellow cardRed card 77'

18 November 2020 (2020-11-18)
20:45
Bosnia and Herzegovina  0–2  Italy Stadion Grbavica, Sarajevo
Attendance: 0
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Report Belotti Goal 22'
Berardi Goal 68'
18 November 2020 (2020-11-18)
20:45
Poland  1–2  Netherlands Silesian Stadium, Chorzów
Attendance: 0
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
Jóźwiak Goal 6' Report Depay Goal 77' (pen.)
Wijnaldum Goal 84'

Group 2

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Belgium 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 15 Qualification to Nations League Finals
 Denmark 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
 England 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10
 Iceland (R) 6 0 0 6 3 17 −14 0 Relegation to League B
5 September 2020 (2020-09-05)
18:00 (16:00 UTC±0)
Iceland  0–1  England Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík
Attendance: 0
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
Ingason BookedRed card 89' Report Walker BookedRed card 70'
Sterling Goal 90+1' (Pen)
5 September 2020 (2020-09-05)
20:45
Denmark  0–2  Belgium Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
Report Denayer Goal 10'
Mertens Goal 77'

8 September 2020 (2020-09-08)
20:45
Belgium  5–1  Iceland King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 0
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
Report H. Friðjónsson Goal 11'
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08)
20:45
Denmark  0–0  England Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Attendance: 0
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
Report

11 October 2020 (2020-10-11)
18:00 (17:00 UTC+1)
England  2–1  Belgium Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 0
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Rashford Goal 39' (pen.)
Mount Goal 65'
Report Lukaku Goal 16' (pen.)
11 October 2020 (2020-10-11)
20:45 (18:45 UTC±0)
Iceland  0–3  Denmark Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík
Attendance: 60
Referee: Bojan Pandžić (Sweden)
Report Sigurjónsson Goal 45' (o.g.)
Eriksen Goal 46'
Skov Goal 61'

14 October 2020 (2020-10-14)
20:45 (19:45 UTC+1)
England  0–1  Denmark Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
Maguire Yellow cardRed card 32'
James Red card 90+4'
Report Eriksen Goal 35' (pen.)
14 October 2020 (2020-10-14)
20:45 (18:45 UTC±0)
Iceland  1–2  Belgium Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík
Attendance: 60
Referee: Vitali Meshkov (Russia)
Sævarsson Goal 17' Report Lukaku Goal 9'38' (pen.)

15 November 2020 (2020-11-15)
20:45
Belgium  2–0  England Den Dreef, Leuven
Attendance: 0
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Tielemans Goal 10'
Mertens Goal 24'
Report
15 November 2020 (2020-11-15)
20:45
Denmark  2–1  Iceland Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Attendance: 141
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
Eriksen Goal 12' (pen.)90+2' (pen.) Report Kjartansson Goal 85'

18 November 2020 (2020-11-18)
20:45
Belgium  4–2  Denmark Den Dreef, Leuven
Attendance: 0
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
Tielemans Goal 3'
Lukaku Goal 56'69'
De Bruyne Goal 87'
Report Wind Goal 17'
Chadli Goal 86' (o.g.)
18 November 2020 (2020-11-18)
20:45 (19:45 UTC±0)
England  4–0  Iceland Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 0
Referee: Fábio Veríssimo (Portugal)
Rice Goal 20'
Mount Goal 24'
Foden Goal 80'84'
Report Sævarsson Yellow cardRed card 54'

Group 3

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 France 6 5 1 0 12 5 +7 16 Qualification to Nations League Finals
 Portugal 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13
 Croatia 6 1 0 5 9 16 −7 3
 Sweden (R) 6 1 0 5 5 13 −8 3 Relegation to League B
5 September 2020 (2020-09-05)
20:45 (19:45 UTC+1)
Portugal  4–1  Croatia Estádio do Dragão, Porto
Attendance: 0
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
Cancelo Goal 42'
Jota Goal 59'
Félix Goal 71'
A. Silva Goal 90+6'
Report Petković Goal 90+2'
5 September 2020 (2020-09-05)
20:45
Sweden  0–1  France Friends Arena, Solna
Attendance: 0
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Report Mbappé Goal 42'

8 September 2020 (2020-09-08)
20:45
France  4–2  Croatia Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
Griezmann Goal 43'
Livaković Goal 45+1' (o.g.)
Upamecano Goal 65'
Giroud Goal 77' (pen.)
Report Lovren Goal 17'
Brekalo Goal 55'
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08)
20:45
Sweden  0–2  Portugal Friends Arena, Solna
Attendance: 0
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Svensson Yellow cardRed card 44' Report Ronaldo Goal 45+1'72'

11 October 2020 (2020-10-11)
18:00
Croatia  2–1  Sweden Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Attendance: 2,020
Referee: John Beaton (Scotland)
Vlašić Goal 32'
Kramarić Goal 84'
Report Berg Goal 66'
11 October 2020 (2020-10-11)
20:45
France  0–0  Portugal Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Report

14 October 2020 (2020-10-14)
20:45
Croatia  1–2  France Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Vlašić Goal 64' Report Griezmann Goal 8'
Mbappé Goal 79'
14 October 2020 (2020-10-14)
20:45 (19:45 UTC+1)
Portugal  3–0  Sweden Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
B. Silva Goal 21'
Jota Goal 44'72'
Report

14 November 2020 (2020-11-14)
20:45 (19:45 UTC±0)
Portugal  0–1  France Estádio da Luz, Lisbon
Attendance: 0
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Report Kanté Goal 54'
14 November 2020 (2020-11-14)
20:45
Sweden  2–1  Croatia Friends Arena, Solna
Attendance: 0
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
Kulusevski Goal 36'
Danielson Goal 45+2'
Report Danielson Goal 82' (o.g.)

17 November 2020 (2020-11-17)
20:45
Croatia  2–3  Portugal Stadion Poljud, Split
Attendance: 0
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
Kovačić Goal 29'65'
Rog Yellow cardRed card 51'
Report Dias Goal 52'90'
Félix Goal 60'
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17)
20:45
France  4–2  Sweden Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 0
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
Giroud Goal 16'59'
Pavard Goal 36'
Coman Goal 90+5'
Report Claesson Goal 4'
Quaison Goal 88'

Group 4

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Spain (A) 6 3 2 1 13 3 +10 11 Qualification to Nations League Finals
 Germany 6 2 3 1 10 13 −3 9
 Ukraine 5 2 0 3 5 10 −5 6
 Switzerland 5 0 3 2 6 8 −2 3 Relegation to League B
3 September 2020 (2020-09-03)
20:45
Germany  1–1  Spain Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart
Attendance: 0
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Werner Goal 51' Report Gayà Goal 90+6'
3 September 2020 (2020-09-03)
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Ukraine  2–1  Switzerland Arena Lviv, Lviv
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
Yarmolenko Goal 14'
Zinchenko Goal 68'
Report Seferović Goal 41'

6 September 2020 (2020-09-06)
20:45
Spain  4–0  Ukraine Alfredo di Stéfano, Madrid
Attendance: 0
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
Ramos Goal 3' (pen.)29'
Fati Goal 32'
F. Torres Goal 84'
Report
6 September 2020 (2020-09-06)
20:45
Switzerland  1–1  Germany St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 0
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
Widmer Goal 58' Report Gündoğan Goal 14'

10 October 2020 (2020-10-10)
20:45
Spain  1–0  Switzerland Alfredo di Stéfano, Madrid
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
Oyarzabal Goal 14' Report
10 October 2020 (2020-10-10)
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Ukraine  1–2  Germany NSC Olimpiskiy, Kyiv
Attendance: 17,573
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
Malinovskyi Goal 77' (pen.) Report Ginter Goal 20'
Goretzka Goal 49'

13 October 2020 (2020-10-13)
20:45
Germany  3–3  Switzerland RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
Werner Goal 28'
Havertz Goal 55'
Gnabry Goal 60'
Report Gavranović Goal 5'57'
Freuler Goal 26'
Schär Yellow cardRed card 90+4'
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13)
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Ukraine  1–0  Spain NSC Olimpiskiy, Kyiv
Attendance: 10,495
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
Tsyhankov Goal 76' Report

14 November 2020 (2020-11-14)
20:45
Germany  3–1  Ukraine Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
Sané Goal 23'
Werner Goal 33'64'
Report Yaremchuk Goal 12'
14 November 2020 (2020-11-14)
20:45
Switzerland  1–1  Spain St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 0
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
Freuler Goal 26'
Elvedi Yellow cardRed card 79'
Report Gerard Goal 89'

17 November 2020 (2020-11-17)
20:45
Spain  6–0  Germany La Cartuja, Seville
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
Morata Goal 17'
F. Torres Goal 33'55'71'
Rodri Goal 38'
Oyarzabal Goal 89'
Report
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17)
20:45
Switzerland  Cancelled  Ukraine Swissporarena, Lucerne
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
Report

Nations League Finals

Main article: 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals

The host of the Nations League Finals will be selected from the four qualified teams. The semi-final pairings will be determined by means of an open draw on 3 December 2020. For scheduling purposes, the host team is allocated to semi-final 1 as the administrative home team.

Qualified teams

Times are CEST (UTC+2), as listed by UEFA.

Bracket

Semi-finals Final
6 October 2021 – TBD
  Italy    
 Winners Group 2/3/4    
 
10 October 2021 – TBD
     Winners Match 1  
   Winners Match 2  
Third place
7 October 2021 – TBD 10 October 2021 – TBD
 Winners Group 2/3/4    Losers Match 1  
 Winners Group 2/3/4      Losers Match 2  

Semi-finals

6 October 2021 (2021-10-06)
Italy  Match 1 Winners Group 2/3/4

7 October 2021 (2021-10-07)
Winners Group 2/3/4 Match 2 Winners Group 2/3/4

Third place play-off

10 October 2021 (2021-10-10)
Losers Match 1 Match 3 Losers Match 2

Final

Main article: 2021 UEFA Nations League Final
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10)
Winners Match 1 Match 4 Winners Match 2

Goalscorers

There were 72 goals scored in 24 matches, for an average of 3 goals per match.

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
2 goals
1 own goal

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