Wins for Spain and Norway – Portugal loses

Wins for Spain and Norway - Portugal loses

Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva (left) battles for the ball with Haris Seferovic.
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First defeat for Portugal: Switzerland scored a goal against the favorites after just 57 seconds. Spain beat the Czech Republic 2-0. Norway’s Haaland comes up with a brace against Sweden.

Ohne superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has Portugal’s national football team in the Nations League suffered the first defeat. The 2016 European champions lost their fourth group game on Sunday evening in Switzerland 0-1 (0-1). The Swiss had previously lost three times, the first leg in Portugal even with 0:4.

Former Eintracht professional Haris Seferovic (Benfica Lisbon) scored the winning goal after just 57 seconds; the referee did not award a hand penalty for the Confederates because of a previous foul (14th). The Portuguese Andre Silva was then offside at the supposed equalizer (18th). Seferovic missed a good counterattack chance for coach Murat Yakin’s team to make it 2-0 (62′). With the stormy attacks of the Portuguese after the break, the equalizer was in the air: the Swiss keeper Jonas Omlin made several brilliant saves and held on to the extremely lucky home win.

The Spaniards celebrated their second win in Malaga with a 2-0 (1-0) win over the Czech Republic and took the lead in Group 2 in League A with eight points. Carlos Soler (24th) and Pablo Sarabia (75th) scored for the hosts. second in the group Portugal (7) ahead of the Czech Republic (4) and Switzerland (3).

Earlier, Norway had thanks to another brace from Erling Haaland also won the second leg against Sweden. The future Manchester City striker scored the first goal in Oslo in the 10th minute to make it 3-2 (1-0). The 21-year-old scored the second goal in the 54th minute with a hand penalty after the German referee Harm Osmers had decided on a penalty after video evidence. Emil Forsberg from DFB Cup winners RB Leipzig scored the goal in the 62nd minute. Alexander Sörloth (77th), on loan from Leipzig to Real Sociedad San Sebastian, made it 3-1 with a header from Haaland. Viktor Gyökeres (90+5) scored to make it 2-3 for the Swedes.

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