|Switzerland players celebrate with fans after shock win in Spain. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
The UEFA Nations League is serving different versions of narratives and we love to see it. Saturday fixtures witnessed another upset, no disrespect to Switzerland but not many saw their win over La Roja in Spain coming.
Both sides fielded their best available elevens but it was Luis Henrique’s side that conceded first off a corner kick that was taken by Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and eventually converted by Manchester City’s new boy Manuel Akanji.
All efforts to bounce back failed in the first half but it was pretty straightforward in the second half for the 2010 World Cup winners. Assensio’s drive landed at the feet of Jordi Alba and the veteran left back made no mistake for the equalizer but it didn’t take long for the Swiss to strike back.
Another set piece from Xhaka was poorly defended by Spain and Breel Embolo was wheeling away in celebrations. All efforts proved abortive despite Henrique handing a debut to Nico Williams – whose brother Inaki opted for Ghana recently.
Elsewhere, Portugal moved to the top of the group with a resounding 4-0 win away in Prague over Czech Republic and Spain must now beat Portugal away from home to stand a chance of making it to the Nations League final next year.
France can still get relegated like England, they must beat Denmark away from home; the Dane wants to make the finals, only a win can guarantee that as they can bet their last quid that Croatia will best Austria anywhere.
England got relegated on Friday and will only play for pride against Germany; the Germans will also be playing for same reasons after avoiding relegation after England’s loss at Italy.