Nations League – Portugal beat Switzerland (4-0) with a double from Ronaldo, Spain hung in the Czech Republic (2-2)

Nations League – Portugal beat Switzerland (4-0) with a double from Ronaldo, Spain hung in the Czech Republic (2-2)

Portugal – Switzerland: 4-0

Have we found the great Portugal? In any case, the men of Fernando Santos delivered an exemplary score against a very poor Switzerland. It’s simple, except on a goal justly denied to Haris Seferovic (5th), the executioner of France during the last Euro did not exist at all. Portugal took a long time to get into the game, then ended up unfolding without ever shaking.

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He first knew how to be opportunistic, when William Carvalho played the surface foxes on a free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo pushed back on him (1-0, 15th). For his part, the Manchester United star ended his scarcity of five games without scoring in the selection, with an unstoppable strike on a well-constructed action (2-0, 35th), then he too in fox after a shot from Diogo Jota (3-0, 39th). In half an hour, Portugal has therefore scattered Switzerland.

We were then often closer to Ronaldo’s hat-trick than to a reduction in the opposing score. But the striker, now with 117 goals in the national team, lacked success (42nd, 45th + 3), while a goal was refused for an offside (51st) and Gregor Kobel repelled a blow -franc very well shot, which had first been whistled as a penalty judged by the VAR (84th).

The Swiss goalkeeper, far from being flawless, had caught a cold a few minutes earlier by Joao Cancelo (4-0, 68th). On arrival, the accounts are good for Portugal, who snatched a point on the first day and took advantage of the draw between Spain and the Czech Republic (2-2) to seize the lead of their band. The only worthy place in the League of Nations.

Czech Republic – Spain: 2-2

An unexpected draw for Spain. Abused or even frankly dominated by the astonishing Czech Republic, promoted this year in League A, the players of Luis Enrique saved their match on a header from Inigo Martinez, the ball hitting the crossbar before bouncing on the line of Tomáš Vaclik (2-2, 90th).

Picked cold by Jakub Pešek (1-0, 4th), La Roja, largely overhauled at kick-off (eight changes), reacted through Gavi, 17, scorer for the first time at the end of his eighth international cap (1-1, 45th+2). The young attacking midfielder of FC Barcelona became, at 17 years and 304 days, the youngest scorer in the history of the Spanish selection thanks to his goal.

The successive entries of the executives did not have the desired effect in the Spanish ranks, except that Marco Asensio, who had not appeared in the selection since 2020, hit the post on his first ball (62nd) . It was indeed the Czech Republic who took the lead after the hour mark, Jan Kuchta once again taking advantage of the Spaniards’ defensive laxity to lob Unai Simon (2-1, 66th). With this second draw in as many games, Spain found themselves back against the wall. She must absolutely beat Switzerland in three days to continue to believe in a qualification for the Final Four.

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