Without Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese national team lost the lead in the Nations League to their neighbours Spain.
Spain stood up to the Czech Republic’s impressive pressing in Malaga.
After a difficult start, Carlos Soler scored (24th) to give Spain a half-time lead, which the 2010 world champions earned more and more as the game progressed. Joker Pablo Sarabia (75th) made everything clear shortly after his substitution.
Portugal lose without Ronaldo
Without their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese national football team lost the lead in the Nations League to their neighbours Spain. Coach Fernando Santos’ team lost 1-0 (0-1) at last-place Switzerland on Sunday after falling behind early on, while the new Group A2 leaders celebrated a 2-0 (1-0) home win over the Czech Republic.
Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho and BVB professional Raphael Guerreiro did not even travel to Geneva with the Portuguese. The trio were given a breather – and without international record goalscorer Ronaldo, there was an early setback. Not even a minute had been played when former Frankfurt player Haris Seferovic headed home the first Swiss attack.
A lively match then developed, in which a handball penalty for Switzerland (13th) was taken back after video evidence and a possible Portuguese equaliser by Rafael Leao (18th) was disallowed for offside.