DGermany’s World Cup group opponents Spain is in the Nations League stumbled across Switzerland – and could now lose their place in the finals to arch-rivals Portugal of all people. Spain lost to the Swiss 2-1 (0-1) in Zaragoza, on the fifth day of the game it was the first defeat for last year’s finalists. At the same time, Portugal won their game in the Czech Republic 4-0 (2-0).
The team around superstar Cristiano Ronaldo thus ensured a final for first place. Portugal is at the top of Group 2 of League A with 10 points, followed by Spain with 8 points next Tuesday (8:45 p.m./DAZN) both meet in Portugal. Only the first moves into the Final Four of the Nations League. Switzerland climbed to third place with six points, ahead of the Czech Republic (4) and now has a good chance of avoiding relegation to the B-League.
Two former Bundesliga professionals made the decision in favor of the Switzerland: Former Dortmund player Manuel Akanji scored with a header (21′), and he decisively extended another corner in the direction of former Gladbacher Breel Embolo (58′).
Israel, however, made promotion to League A prematurely. Coach Alon Hazan’s team beat Albania 2-1 (0-0) in Tel Aviv on Saturday night and, with eight points from four games, can no longer be relegated from first place in Group B2.
Star striker Erling Haaland (47th) also met again in the B league, but his Norwegians still have to tremble in the fight for promotion to League A. In Slovenia, Norway conceded its first defeat at 1:2 (0:0), in the evening Serbia drew level on points in league B4: They scored 4:1 (2:1) against Sweden. On Tuesday (8.45 p.m. / DAZN) Norway and Serbia will duel in Oslo for promotion.
In the race for promotion to the highest league, Ukraine still has chances. Coach Oleksandr Petrakow’s team won 5-0 (1-0) against bottom-placed Armenia and is still second in Group 1 with ten points. Scotland (12) beat Ireland 2-1 (0-1) and defended first place. Here, too, there is a direct duel between Ukraine and Scotland on Tuesday (8.45 p.m. / DAZN).