Spain handed over the top spot in Group A of the United Nations League One to Portugal on Saturday evening. The Spaniards lost surprisingly at home to Switzerland (1-2), while the Portuguese convincingly defeated the Czech Republic (0-4). On Tuesday, a direct confrontation between the two countries is expected to obtain an entry card in the Final Four.
In the Spain and Portugal group, the finale could already fall on Saturday evening. With Spain’s victory over Switzerland and Portugal’s defeat in the Czech Republic, Spain were already certain of winning the group and a place in the quarter-finals before the end. But things completely changed on Saturday night.
In any case, because Spain itself did not conquer Switzerland. Luis Enrique’s side trailed after just over twenty minutes of play with a header from Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji. It happened on a good stage for Switzerland, who are fighting against relegation from the first division of the Nations League. Switzerland had more chances before the break, but missed them.
Spain did not do so soon after the break. Luis Enrique’s team tied the score with a powerful shot at the ceiling of Jordi Alba’s goal. But where Spain was expected to rush next, Switzerland struck again. Monaco striker Priel Embolo hit the ball into the Spanish net behind goalkeeper Unai Simon. Then Spain tried with all its might, but could not defend itself against the hard-working Swiss.
Watch the Braille Ambolo 1-2 vs Spain match here. During this link All summaries of the Nations League matches can be found. The text continues below the video.
The defeat gave Portugal a chance to take the initiative from Spain, which Fernando Santos’ team did with complete conviction. Portugal, where Cristiano Ronaldo was a starting point, saw a great first half and were already in the first half with a comfortable 0-2 lead thanks to goals from Manchester United players Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes.
Portugal’s only shortcoming was the nosebleed that Ronaldo suffered early in the game after a major confrontation with Czech Republic goalkeeper Tomas Vaclic. However, the 37-year-old Portuguese managed to restart the match. Patrick Shek missed a penalty kick for the Czechs in the first half.
After the break, Portugal no longer had problems, and with another goal from Dalot (a shot from distance) and a goal from Diogo Jota, it went until 0-4, which was also the end result. With this win, Portugal became the new leader in the group, and awaited an exciting finale on Tuesday. At 8.45 pm, Portugal will play at home against Spain, in a direct duel for a place in the Final Four. Then Ronaldo and his teammates will have enough of a draw.
Watch Diogo Dalot’s 0-3 against the Czech Republic here. The text continues below the video.
It was also a beautiful evening for Israel, because that country climbed to the first place in the League of Nations with its late victory over Albania (2-1). With Ophir Marciano on the bench, Tay Paribou became the famous man with his goal just before time. With one match remaining, stalker Iceland can no longer get past Israel, as Eran Zahavi lost to a row over sharing a hotel room with the national team.
Serbia good business
Serbia and Dusan Tadic also did well in the battle for the group’s victory and promotion to the First Division. Thanks to three goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and one from Sasa Lukic, Serbia beat Sweden 4-1. Thus, Serbia took full advantage of the defeat suffered by leaders Norway against Slovenia (2-1), despite Erling Haaland’s goal earlier in the evening. Norway and Serbia decide in a head-to-head duel on Tuesday who can report to the “Big Seniors” in the next edition of the Nations League.
Earlier today, Ukraine had a big win over Armenia (0-5). With this, the team of the national coach Oleksandr Petrakov still had a chance to be promoted to the First Division. Oleksandr Timchik, Alexander Zubkov, Artem Dovbek (2x) and Danilo Ignatenko scored the goals for Ukraine. Scotland advanced again by defeating Ireland (2-1). On Tuesday, the final is a direct battle between Ukraine and Scotland.
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