Spanish armada rolls on

Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | 29-09-2022 | 01:30 pm

Spanish armada rolls on

#MADRIDSpain won the UEFA Nations League Group A2 on Tuesday as Alvaro Morata’s late goal edged out Portugal 1-0, while the Czech Republic were relegated after losing to Switzerland in the last round of group matches.In a duel in Portugal’s Braga, the hosts almost opened the scoring in the 32nd minute through Diogo Jota, who received a long pass from Bruno Fernandes and unleashed a shot towards the top right corner that Unai Simon kept out with a brilliant one-handed save.The Portuguese were in total control during most of the game but Spain stayed in the contest and took the lead in the 88th minute. A long ball into the box from Dani Carvajal was headed by Nico Williams across to Alvaro Morata, who lashed it into the goal, reports Xinhua.Reds leave it lateIn that match, Morata shot three on target out of his four attempts. So far, the Atletico Madrid forward has scored 13 goals under Enrique — no Spanish player has bagged more for the current head coach.It was the Spaniards’ first competitive win away against Portugal since 1934. They joined Croatia, Italy and Netherlands in Nations League finals in June 2023.Elsewhere, during the clash between Switzerland and the Czech Republic, the hosts’ Remo Freuler scored the opener in the 29th minute with a clever short-range header and Breel Embolo extended the lead one minute later. Seconds before the halftime break, the visitors reduced the deficit as Patrik Schick scored with a left-footed finish from David Zima’s low cross.Thus, Spain topped Group 2 with three wins, two draws and one defeat, one point above second-placed Portugal. Switzerland held third place.IANS

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