Nations League: Spain loses against Switzerland – Portugal sovereign


Nations League
Spain loses against Switzerland – Portugal sovereign

Striker Breel Embolo (l) scored 2-1 in Switzerland's win over Spain.  Photo: Jean-Christophe Bott/KEYSTONE/dpa

Striker Breel Embolo (l) scored 2-1 in Switzerland’s win over Spain. photo

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Germany’s World Cup group opponents Spain suffered a surprising defeat in the Nations League. The Spaniards lost 2-1 (0-1) against Switzerland in Zaragoza and have to worry about winning the group.

Germany’s World Cup group opponents Spain have in the Nations League suffer a surprise defeat. The Spaniards lost 2-1 (0-1) against Switzerland in Zaragoza and have to worry about winning the group.

Ex-Dortmunder Manuel Akanji (21st minute) and former Mönchengladbacher Breel Embolo (59th) scored the goals for the Swiss, Jordi Alba (55th) managed to equalize for the hosts in the meantime. In the final top game on Tuesday, the Spaniards now need a win in Portugalto still manage to win the group and thus qualify for the final tournament next year.

The Portuguese warmed up for the top duel with a 4-0 (1-0) win in the Czech Republic. A brace from Diogo Dalot (33’/52′), Bruno Fernandes (45’+2′) and Diogo Jota (82′) ensured success in Prague. Although the Portuguese were mostly superior, the Czech Republic also had good chances. Top scorer Patrik Schick from Bayer Leverkusen missed the best: in added time in the first half (45+6) he shot a hand penalty over the goal. Cristiano Ronaldo had previously caught the ball in his own penalty area.

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