February 6, 2023

Croatia, who were bronze medalists from the 2022 World Cup, have been paired up against the hosts, the Netherlands, In the June Nations League semi-finals. Meanwhile, Italy and Spain will renew their rivalry in the competition in the other semi-final.

The four nations compete in the mid-year mini-tournament to determine who will win the 2022–23 title after winning their respective League A groups last year.

Following the draw at the UEFA headquarters in Switzerland on Wednesday, the Dutch will host the Croats in Rotterdam on June 14 while Italy will play Spain the following day in Enschede.

The winners advance to the final in Rotterdam on June 18, with the third-place playoff earlier the same day in Enschede.

Spain were runners-up to France in the last edition in 2021, first eliminating hosts Italy in their semi-final with a Ferran Torres double in a 2-1 victory in Milan.

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Italy and the Netherlands also return for a second appearance at the finals while this is Croatia’s first time.

The Italians were third in 2021 while the Dutch runners-up in the inaugural event in Portugal in 2019.

The Nations League is a biennial competition contested by all European countries, who are divided into a four tier league structure.

 

 

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