Change of leader. Following the 4th day of the League of Nations this Sunday, which marked for many players the end of this season 2021-2022. This is the case of Portugal and Spain, both present in group 2 of League A of this competition. Deprived of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was allowed to start his vacation earlier than his teammates, the Seleção fell on a bone in Switzerland (0-1). Very quickly, Seferović rose higher than everyone else between Pepe and Cancelo to open the scoring with a header (1-0, 1st). A nightmarish start for Bruno Fernandes and his family, picked cold and jostled by the Swiss who had returned to their match.
Omlin disgusts the Seleção
Fernando Santos’ men failed to be dangerous. Apart from a helmet shot from a Danilo positioned in the central hinge well repelled by Omlin (17th) … just before Leão was deprived of his first goal in selection for a slight offside position from Silva at the start of action (18th). While the former Lyonnais Xherdan Shaqiri, injured in the ischios, was forced to leave the Stade de Genève meadow prematurely and give way to Okafor (22nd), the Lusitanians gradually regained their colors and control of the ball, without managing to destabilize the opposing bloc well in place.
After the break, where Steffen and Guedes respectively replaced Widmer and Otavio on each side, the Montpellier goalkeeper, in a very big evening, continued to shine. First by saving a goal ball in front of Silva (49th) then by diverting a heavy strike from Bernardo, the other Silva (63rd), before disgusting Guedes (72nd), Jota (78th) and even Pepe (88th). Portugal was doing much better than at the start of the game and hurt a Nati, on the contrary, more in the hard, even if Seferović came very close to breaking against (62nd). In the end, no regrets for the Swiss of Murat Yakin, despite a last scare (90th + 4), which gleaned its first success of the year 2022 and inflicted on Portugal its first defeat in this 3rd edition of the League of Nations. A great way to take revenge for the slap (0-4) received last Sunday against the band of CR7.
Spain continues and steals first place from the Portuguese
A setback which is not without consequence, because, at the same time, Spain won against the Czech Republic (2-0), thus climbing to first place in this pool 2 ahead of the Seleção. However, the evening was not so perfect and easy as that on the meadow of Estadio La Rosaleda for the Spaniards. After their miraculous draw snatched in the Czech Republic a week earlier (2-2), Roja dominated sterilely against Národní Tým, who obtained the first two situations of the game disputed in Malaga and forced Simon to intervene in quick succession ( 18th, 20th). But the first opportunity was good for the players of Luis Enrique, who trusted the Asensio-Morata-Olmo trio at the forefront.
But it was midfielder Soler who scored the first goal of the evening by taking over a center from Madrid at the near post (1-0, 24th). What give confidence to the Iberians, and weigh down the morale of their opponents, as if weakened by the opener. Determined to reverse the situation on returning from the locker room, the Czechs were more pressing in the Spanish camp. But La Roja knew how to turn around to hit better. Or more precisely make the break, through the intermediary of the PSG player, Sarabia, who, for one of his first balls, victoriously took over a tense cross from Torres at the far post, at close range (2-0, 75th ). A great evening for Gavi’s partners, once again at ease with their country, still undefeated in this League of Nations.
The results of the matches at 8:45 p.m. on June 12
League A – Group 2
Spain 2-0 Czech Republic: Soler (24th), Sarabia (75th)
Swiss 1-0 Portugal: Seferovic (1st)
League B – Group 4
Slovenia 2-2 Serbia: Gnezda Cerin (48th), Sesko (53rd) / Zivkovic (8th), Mitrovic (35th)
League C – Group 2
Greece 1-0 Kosovo: Giakoumakis (71st)
League D – Group 2
Malta 1-0 San Marino: Muscat (50th)