Jan Bednarek’s Poland were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Portugal in the standout result on a busy night of international football across Europe on Thursday night.
Saints defender Bednarek – who featured for the full 90 minutes for the home side – had seen his team take the lead early on through Krzysztof Piatek only for Portugal to storm back and net three times either side of half time.
The visitors – for whom Cédric remained an unused substitute in Chorzow – equalised through Andre Silva before a Kamil Glik own goal and Bernardo Silva effort took the game away from the hosts.
Jakub Blaszczykowski’s stunner 13 minutes from time set up a dramatic finale but Portugal held on to tighten their grip at the top of Nations League Group A3.
Elsewhere in the competition, Stuart Armstrong’s Scotland were unable to capitalise on Charlie Mulgrew’s early penalty against Israel, succumbing to a 2-1 defeat in Haifa.
The Saints midfielder watched on from the subs bench as second-half goals from Dor Peretz and a Kieran Tierney own goal compounded the Scots woes following John Souttar’s red card.
At U21 level, England secured their place at the 2019 European Championships courtesy of a 7-0 win over Andorra at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium.
A Dominic Calvert-Lewin brace and further strikes from Ademola Lookman, Ezri Konsa, Dominic Solanke, Reiss Nelson set up the victory. Angus Gunn was an unused substitute for the Young Lions.