Timothy Castagne

Four Foxes Star As Belgium Edge Denmark In Nations League

Youri Tielemans, Dennis Praet and new signing Timothy Castagne helped Belgium to a 2-0 victory over Kasper Schmeichel's Denmark in Copenhagen on Saturday evening.
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- Belgium duo Youri Tielemans and Timothy Castagne started against Kasper Schmeichel's Denmark 
- Dennis Praet came off the bench for the Red Devils in a 2-0 victory for Roberto Martínez's men
- The two sides share their UEFA Nations Group with England and Iceland
- Denmark host the Three Lions on Tuesday while Belgium entertain Iceland (7:45pm kick-offs) 

Tielemans, Castagne and Schmeichel all appeared from the start as both sides' UEFA Nations League campaigns got underway in League A Group 2 - also including England and Iceland.

Roberto Martínez's Red Devils took the lead after just nine minutes in the Danish capital as a Dries Mertens cross was finished well by Olympique Lyonnais defender Jason Denayer in the Danish capital.

Their opener came minutes after a fingertip save from Schmeichel to nudge an excellent free-kick from Yannick Carrasco onto the post as the no.1 ranked team in the world started brightly at Parken.

Denmark's Christian Eriksen, meanwhile, forced a good save from Club Brugge 'keeper Simon Mignolet in De rød-hvide's maiden match under the management of Kasper Hjulmand.

In the second half, with just over half an hour to play, Praet emerged from the bench to replace Carrasco for the visitors as they attempted ensure a winning start in the Nations League.

Schmeichel made another assured stop to deny Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku but there was little Leicester City's No.1 could do to prevent Mertens from doubling Belgium's advantage on 76 minutes.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was unlucky not to get a goal back for the Danes when his shot deflected wide, while Schmeichel also raced out to prevent Foxes colleague Praet from making it 3-0 late on.

The impressive Tielemans, on the other hand, was replaced by Anderlecht forward Jérémy Doku with three minutes to go as Belgium climbed above England to sit atop of the early standings.

Elsewhere, on Sunday, Çağlar Söyüncü (Turkey) and Danny Ward (Wales) could be in action for their countries after both sides opened their own Nations League campaigns earlier this week.

Check back to LCFC.com over the coming days to discover how they and all of the Club's international stars fare before returning to England ahead of the Premier League's opening weekend.

All times BST.

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