OVERVIEW NATIONS LEAGUE. Dominant Spain beats Switzerland by the smallest difference, Portugal sends Czechs home empty-handed

For fans of the Nations League, it was a matter of choice on Thursday evening, with no fewer than nine games at the same time. No real top matches, but some interesting duels on the third day of play.

In the second group of League A, Spain and Portugal had to take the field. Not against each other, they already crossed swords on the first day of play with a desolate spectacle score (0-0). Portugal, meanwhile, nibbled on Switzerland (4-0) and wanted to do the same with the Czech Republic. With Cristiano Ronaldo in the base, against Spain he still started on the bench, Portugal was immediately boss. Although that did not immediately translate into great opportunities, until just after half an hour. Bernardo Silva found his Manchester City team-mate Joao Cancelo with a cunning assist, who opened the score with a hard bang into the far corner. Five minutes later, the match was already over. Again Bernardo Silva was at the base with a tailor-made deep pass on Guedes. The Valencia striker cracked his shot completely, but the bots were treacherous enough to floor the Czech goalie. Nothing would change about the 2-0 score in the second half. Portugal left the ball a little more to the Czech Republic, without any real danger. Portugal played the game mature and all in all easily kept the points at home.

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Dominant Spain wins business

Spain had missed its start again with two draws and finally wanted to start with a victory. They hit Switzerland, which had started the Nations League even worse with two defeats. The troops of national coach Luis Enrique held a study round of fifteen minutes and then struck mercilessly. After a poor defense by the Swiss, Marcos Llorente was able to push through in the sixteen. With a tight cross he found Pablo Sarabia, who slipped the leather past Yann Sommer. For a moment there was talk of offside, but Sarabia’s toe was just too short to disallow the 1-0.

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‘La Roja’ failed to deepen the score, but was lord and master. The Swiss stood there and watched it, possession at half time said it all: 73% for Spain, 27% for Switzerland. After the break, the match pattern was the same, although less exciting. Spain did not get into trouble anymore, played it business and got on the plane home with three important points.

In the group, Portugal is now in the lead with seven points, Spain is chasing with two points less. Switzerland did not win today either and is desolately last after three days of play.

Haaland does not score, Olsson (Anderlecht) loses with Sweden

In League B (group four), the Norwegian wonderboy Erling Haaland did not find the right hole through the stiff Slovenian defense and was stuck with his country at 0-0. Sweden narrowly missed the boat against Serbia. Anderlecht midfielder Kristoffer Olsson started in the starting line-up, his match was over after 77 minutes. A goal by Luka Jovic in the extra time of the first half was enough for a Serbian victory.

Norway takes the lead in the group, ahead of Serbia. Sweden occupies third place.

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