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Sarabia scores at the start of Spain’s victory over Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League


MADRID: Pablo Sarabia scored a goal in the prime stages to lead Spain to a 1-0 victory over Switzerland on Thursday, the first victory for his country in the European Nations League quest’year. The team has arrived in final last year, she dominated the game from the start but only managed to score once when Sarabia fired from close range in the 12th minute from Marcos Llorente’s cross. After a mistake by the Swiss defense, the Atletico Madrid winger found colleague Sarabia between two opponents in front of the goal to pass him the ball and score quest’last with a direct shot. Spain has five points in the prime three Group Two games at first level, to take second place behind leaders Portugal and two points clear of third-placed Czech Republic. Switzerland have suffered three consecutive defeats and have not achieved any victories in their last five games since qualifying for the World Cup finals. quest’year. Spain hosts the Czech Republic in Malaga and Switzerland hosts Portugal in Geneva on Sunday. Spain coach Luis Enrique made eight changes to the starting lineup which drew 2-2 with the Czech Republic. Llorente and Sarabia were the main targets of the Spanish attack due to their speed, supported by fine passes behind the Swiss defense by the young Gavi. Spain controlled the ball by 70 percent, but attacking duo Alvaro Morata and Ferran Torres missed shooting accuracy and scored. “It is good to remind everyone that Switzerland does not lose an official match in home for eight years … I mean here 23 games in a row (unbeaten), “Luis Enrique told TVE. Winning away from home is very complicated and I think today we played very seriously and tried to impose our style and suffered. as expected for our opponent’s level. But I’m really happy with the result. “Switzerland has hit the target only once in throughout the game, but almost scored the draw after two fatal mistakes for Spain before the end. Goalkeeper Unai Simon rushed out of thearea penalty to try to fend off the ball, but he missed and luck was on his side after Swiss Brill Empolo hit the ball to the side of the empty goal. Seferovic’s goalkeeper hits the ball to block Pau Torres’ shot. (Reuters)


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