The favourites Spain and Portugal celebrate victories in the Nations League. Erling Haaland, on the other hand, remains unlucky.
Spain’s national team finally scored its first win of the season in the Nations League, but still cannot catch up with rivals Portugal. One level below, Norway dropped points for the first time – also because Erling Haaland hardly made an appearance.
Spain won 1-0 (1-0) in Switzerland on Thursday evening, their first success in their third match. However, the top spot in Group 2 of the A-League is still held by Portugal, who had no problems against the Czech Republic in a 2-0 (2-0) win. Portugal now leads with 7 points ahead of Spain (5) and the Czech Republic (4), Switzerland remains without points.
Sarabia ensures Spain win
In Geneva, Pablo Sarabia (13) gave Spain a deserved lead, securing victory after two previous draws. Bernardo Silva shone brightly for Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The Manchester City attacker set up Joao Cancelo’s 33rd and Goncalo Guedes’ 38th goals in Lisbon. The Czech Republic will still be without Bayer Leverkusen’s top scorer Patrik Schick, who underwent groin surgery after the season ended in May.
Norway could not get beyond a 0-0 draw against Slovenia in Oslo, despite the visitors playing shorthanded after Miha Blazic was red carded (63rd). Haaland, who has transferred from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, struggled to make an impact.
However, Norway remain unbeaten after two previous victories. That is enough for 7 points in Group 4 of the B-League and the narrow lead in the standings ahead of Serbia (6), who won 1-0 in Sweden. Ex-Frankfurt player Luka Jovic (45.+3) scored the decisive goal.
In League C, meanwhile, Greece and Georgia kept their white waistcoats intact, each picking up their third win in their third match. The Greeks won their home match against Cyprus with 3:0 (2:0), Georgia also prevailed in North Macedonia with 3:0 0:0).