Denmark have done most of the attacking, Croatia the lion’s share of the defending. And here we are. As things stand, Denmark will end the evening at the top of A1, one point clear of Austria, five clear of Croatia, and six clear of the world champions France.
Andreas Weimann’s first goal for Austria is the difference right now in Vienna.
Andreas Weimann gets his first goal for Austria at long, long last! Marko Arnautovic, battling on bravely, works his way down the inside-right channel before rolling a pass to Konrad Laimer on the overlap. Laimer pings it infield instantly, and the 30-year-old Weimann, winning his 17th cap ten years after his debut, can’t miss! He dispatches into the bottom left, giving Hugo Lloris no chance whatsoever.
Denmark: Schmeichel, Andersen, Mæhle, Christensen, Delaney, Eriksen, Skov Olsen, Damsgaard, Wass, Cornelius, Højbjerg.
Croatia: Livaković, Vrsaljko, Šutalo, Kramarić, Brozović, Pašalić, Jakić, Oršić, Ivanušec, Erlić. Juranović.
Andreas Christensen, now formerly of Chelsea, returns for Denmark. Christian Eriksen, in the shop window, captains, while Martin Braithwaite starts on the bench. Croatia leave a couple of big guns on their bench in Mateo Kovačić and Luka Modrić.
Austria: Pentz, Trauner, Seiwald, Arnautovic, Alaba, Sabitzer, Weimann, Wöber, Laimer, Lainer, Schlager.
France: Lloris, Pavard, Konate, Griezmann, Tchouameni, Coman, Kamara, Saliba, Benzema, Diaby, Hernandez.
Marko Arnautovic and Andreas Weimann return up front for Ralf Rangnick’s Austrian. Ibrahima Konate of Liverpool makes his debut for France, while new Aston Villa signing starts for the first time. Kylian Mbappé is on the bench.
We’ve got some A1 entertainment lined up for you this evening. Literally A1, it’s Group A1 of the Nations League, which means this …
Austria in France
Denmark in Croatia
… though there are three other matches tonight as well: Albania v Israel in B2, Belarus v Kazakhstan in C3, and Andorra v Liechtenstein in D1. We plan to concentrate on world champions France, who are in a spot of bother after losing at home to Denmark and being held in Croatia, though you never know how these things pan out, so let’s just see where the mood takes us. All five games kick off at 7.45pm BST. It’s on!