Portugal wins and begins the defence of the League of Nations; France and Belgium triumph

Portugal win to start Nations League defence; France, Belgium triumph

Portugal opened their Nations League defence with a dominant 4-1 win over Croatia, while world champions France, Belgium and England also recorded victories.

Even striker star Cristiano Ronaldo, who failed with a reported bee sting, Portugal were too strong for Croatia in Porto. Joao Cancelo, Diego Jota, Joao Felix and Andre Silva gave the defending champions a winning start in Group A3 despite the consolation of Bruno Petkovic.

In the other game, Kylian Mbappe scored for France in the 1-0 win over Sweden in Stockholm.

Belgium won 2-0 in Group A2 in Denmark after England had earlier triumphed 1-0 in Iceland.

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