Spain, Germany’s World Cup opponents, stumbled upon Switzerland in the Nations League – and could now lose their place in the finals to arch-rivals Portugal of all people. Norway falters despite Haaland’s blow, Israel clear as climber.
Spain lost 2-1 (0-1) to the Swiss in Zaragoza, on the fifth day of the match was the first defeat of the final tournament last year. At the same time, Portugal won its match in the Czech Republic 4-0 (2-0).
Thus, the team surrounding the star Cristiano Ronaldo secured the first place. Portugal leads Group B in League A with 10 points, followed by Spain with 8 points next Tuesday (8:45 pm /.daznThey both meet in Portugal. Only the first to advance to the fourth final of the Nations League. Switzerland climbed to third place with 6 points, ahead of the Czech Republic (4) and now has a good chance of avoiding relegation to the second division.
Two ex-Bundesliga players confirmed the decision in favor of Switzerland: former Dortmund player Manuel Akanji scored with a header (21), and extended another corner kick decisively in the direction of Gladbacher Brill Embolo (58).
Portugal won in Prague with goals by Diogo Dalot (33’/52′), Bruno Fernandez (45’+2′) and Diogo Jota (82′). In injury time in the first half, Ronaldo, who had to be treated for a long time after hitting his nose that was bleeding profusely, caused a penalty kick with a hand, but Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrick Schick, who had problems in the league, shot it over the goal (45 + 6 ).
Nations League: Norway faltered despite Halland’s injury
However, Israel upgraded to League A prematurely. Head coach Alon Hazan’s side beat Albania 2-1 (0-0) in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, and with eight points from four games, they can no longer be relegated from first place in Group B.
Star striker Erling Haaland (47th place) also scored again in League B, but the Norwegians still had to shiver in the battle for promotion to League A. In Slovenia, Norway conceded their first defeat in 1:2 (0:0), In the evening Serbia tied on points in League B4: they scored 4: 1 (2: 1) against Sweden. Tuesday (8.45 pm /dazn) Norway and Serbia duel in Oslo for promotion.
In the race to climb to the top of the league, there are still opportunities for Ukraine. Coach Oleksandr Petrakov’s team defeated bottom-ranked Armenia 5-0 (1-0) and is still in second place in Group A with ten points. Scotland (12) beat Ireland 2-1 (0-1) and defended the first place. Also here on Tuesday (8.45pm /daznThe direct duel between Ukraine and Scotland.
Nations League: Saturday matches at a glance
|6 pm||Slovenia||Norway||2:1 (0:0)|
|6 pm||northern Ireland||Kosovo||2:1 (0:0)|
|8:45 pm||Czech Republic||Portugal||0:4 (0:2)|
|8:45 pm||Spain||Switzerland||1:2 (0:1)|
|8:45 pm||Scotland||Ireland||2:1 (0:1)|
|8:45 pm||Israel||Albania||2:1 (0:0)|
|8:45 pm||Serbia||Sweden||4:1 (2:1)|
|8:45 pm||Cyprus||Greece||1: 0 (1: 0)|