Spain gained a second successive UEFA Nations League match on Sunday with a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic whereas rivals Portugal conceded a objective after simply 57 seconds to lose to Switzerland.
Spain went in entrance in Malaga after 24 minutes when a perfectly-weighted move by Marco Asensio launched Carlos Soler to attain.
Pablo Sarabia added the second on 75 minutes as Spain received the higher of a Czech aspect in opposition to whom that they had drawn 2-2 in Prague final week.
Regardless of the win, Spain have been indebted to some high-quality saves by Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon.
He thwarted an 18th-minute strike from Vaclav Cerny and, two minutes later, denied Jan Kuchta.
“I hope to return within the subsequent worldwide window and go to the World Cup,” stated Soler.
“However now I solely consider occurring trip. It has been a really powerful season, which began with the Tokyo Olympics. I’ve made many goals come true, however I hope to make many extra come true.”
In Geneva, Switzerland took the lead after simply 57 seconds in opposition to a Portugal aspect enjoying with out Cristiano Ronaldo when Haris Seferovic scored from Silvan Widmer’s move.
Portugal’s stand-in skipper Pepe made his 128th worldwide look and so they have been unfortunate to not get one thing from the sport with Swiss keeper Jonas Omlin saving from Danilo and Bernardo Silva.
“We will not concede a objective after 30 seconds of the sport. It is our mistake,” stated Portugal coach Fernando Santos.
“We lacked aggression. We’d have most well-liked to remain high of the group, however I’ve all the time stated that the decisive match would be the one in opposition to Spain.”
Victory was a great addition for a Swiss aspect who went into the sport having misplaced their earlier three matches.
Spain keep high of League A Group 2 with eight factors from 4 video games with Portugal some extent additional again.
Erling Haaland scored twice and arrange the third as Norway beat neighbours Sweden 3-2 in Oslo in League B.
“I am speechless!” the 21-year-old striker instructed Norwegian tv, earlier than including: “To win in opposition to Sweden within the final match of the season, it is stunning.”
Haaland, who’s heading for Manchester Metropolis from Borussia Dortmund this summer time, gave Norway the lead within the tenth minute heading in a near-post cross.
He added a penalty within the 54th minute after Hjalmar Ekdal fouled Alexander Sorloth.
It was Haaland’s twentieth worldwide objectives in 18 Norway appearances.
Sweden replied eight minutes later when Emil Forsberg smashed residence a move from Dejan Kulusevski.
Haaland then crossed for Sorloth to move residence and restore the host’s two-goal lead after 77 minutes.
Viktor Gyokeres gave the Swedes temporary hope by rifling residence a shot 5 minutes into added time.
“This tasted nice,” stated Norway coach Stale Solbakken.