MADRID (AP) — Spain wanted a passing blunder by Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer to safe a 1-0 win and preserve the lead of its Nations League group on Saturday.
Sommer received flustered by Spain’s stress and handed the ball previous his teammate and on to Mikel Merino, who arrange Actual Sociedad clubmate Mikel Oyarzabal to attain the sport’s solely objective within the 14th minute.
The place Sommer let his workforce down, David de Gea rescued Spain.
Switzerland’s solely scoring alternative got here earlier than Oyarzabal’s objective. Silvan Widmer received free on a counterattack and his cross throughout the world reached fellow wing again Loris Benito arriving alone on the left aspect. De Gea, nevertheless, made an excellent one-handed save to parry Benito’s highly effective strike.
Spain leads Group 4 with 7 factors. Germany has 5 factors after beating Ukraine 2-1 additionally on Saturday, leaving Ukraine with 3 factors. The Swiss are final with 1 level.
Teenage sensation Ansu Fati, who grew to become Spain’s youngest goal-scorer at age 17 after making his worldwide debut final month, was again within the beginning 11 after not enjoying in a pleasant towards Portugal that ended 0-0 on Wednesday.
Fati was principally stored in verify, like the remainder of his teammates, and coach Luis Enrique substituted him for Adama Traore within the second half.
Traore, who made his worldwide debut towards Portugal, slalomed previous three defenders on his first contact. His second possession ended with him placing in a harmful cross.
However apart from these flashes by Traore, it was a match which may make Luis Enrique doubt about his decisions as he tries to established a brand new era of gamers able to difficult for a serious title.
Oyarzabal wasted a great likelihood to attain a second objective from shut vary when he deflected Jesus Navas’ cross huge from shut. Merino shot excessive from the center of the world. Ferran Torres provided little on the correct flank.
The workforce was robust in protection, although, with Pau Torres complementing Sergio Ramos within the heart of the backline and the workforce’s stress by no means letting the Swiss get any rhythm in assault.
The sport was performed with out followers at Actual Madrid’s coaching stadium.
Spain visits Ukraine on Tuesday.
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