Soler and Sarabia score in Malaga 2-0, Switzerland beat Leao and his teammates with Seferovic. Haaland leads Norway
On the fourth day of the Nations Leaguethe Spain beats the Czech Republic 2-0: in Malaga, Soler’s goals in the 24th minute and Sarabia’s 75th minute decide. Luis Enrique’s team takes the lead in group A2 also thanks to the defeat of Portugal, which collapses in Switzerland: Seferovic knocks down Leao and his teammates with a header after just one minute. In League B, Haaland leads Norway: brace and assist to Sorloth in the 3-2 over Sweden.
Group A2 has a new leaders: it is Spain, who beat the Czech Republic 2-0 and make the most of Portugal’s defeat in Switzerland. In Malaga, the challenge is released in the 24th minute: Asensio receives the ball in the area on the right and puts the ball in the center for Soler, who first bags by beating Mandous. However, Luis Enrique’s line-up closes the game only in the 75th minute, when a perfect counterattack by the Red Furies leads Ferran Torres to serve Sarabia, free from a few steps to deposit the 2-0 goal on the net. Spain thus rises to 8 points and takes the lead overtaking Portugal, who surprisingly collapsed 1-0 in Switzerland. The 0-0 in Geneva did not last even a minute, because Widmer immediately found the winning header in the area by Seferovic, who beats Rui Patricio. The Swiss were also denied a penalty by the Var for a previous foul in midfield on André Silva, but in the second half resisted the assault of Fernando Santos’ men. Now, group A2 sees Spain at +1 on the Lusitanians, with the Czech Republic at 4 and Switzerland at 3 after three consecutive defeats.
Goal and spectacle in the Scandinavian derby in Oslo: Norway smiles, beating Sweden 3-2 and remains first in group 4. To unlock the challenge is, of course, Erling Haaland: the new acquisition of the City sling his head on the cross of Bjorkan and at 10 ‘bags. The former Dortmund doubles in the second half, precisely in the 54th minute, when Olsen knocks Sorloth down in the area and, from the spot after the on-field review, the former Dortmund makes no mistake. Eight minutes later, Sweden reopened the game with the right foot at the Forsberg crossing on an assist from Kulusevski, but in the 77th minute Haaland gave Sorloth a 3-1 header, closing the game. Gyokeres ‘goal is worthless after Nyland’s mistake in the 95’: it ends 3-2, with Norway first at 10 points, while Sweden remains at 3. Norway stretches to the top of the table thanks to 2-2 between Serbia and Slovenia: in Ljubljana, Zivkovic and Mitrovic deceive Stojkovic’s men, but at the beginning of the second half Gnezda and Sesko find the two goals that force the guests to give up three points. Serbia now second at 7 points, at -3 from Haaland’s Norway: Slovenia, on the other hand, is still winless, but goes to 2.
In group 4 of League C, Macedonia is avalanche on Gibraltar: Miovski (brace), Bardhi and Churlinov score for the 4-0 which matures in the first half and which allows Milevski’s team to climb to 7. Georgia, who drew 0-0 with Bulgaria and went to 10. In group 2, on the other hand, it ended 2-2 between Northern Ireland and Cyprus, which after the 0-0 in the first leg also canceled out in the return: McNair and Evans respond to Kakoullis’ brace in the final. The teams of Baraclough and Kostenoglou remain 2 points at the bottom of the table.
In League C, the first verdict arrives: with the 2-0 in Kosovo, Greece flies to B. In Volos, the Hellenes guarantee the jump in the category in the last 20 minutes: Giakoumakis’s 1-0, in fact, arrives at 71 ‘, while the doubling comes practically in time thanks to Mantalos. With this success, Greece rose to 12 points, +6 over Kosovo two games from the end and with the advantage of direct comparisons: first place is now certain.
In group 2, Malta made no mistake and also won the return match against San Marino: the direct confrontation in Estonia after the 2-0 defeat of the first leg will therefore be decisive for the promotion. The match is decided at the beginning of the second half thanks to the Muscat goal. Montebello seemed to double in the 63rd minute, but the goal was canceled for offside. The forcing of San Marino, however, proves useless.
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