Switzerland defeated Spain at home, knocking hosts!

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With one game remaining in the Nations League A-Group 2 on Saturday, Switzerland defeated Spain 2-1 at home,

knocking the hosts off the top spot. Goals from Manuel Akanji and Breel Embolo were the difference.

The 2016 runners-up are now in second place with eight points after Portugal,

which defeated the Czech Republic 4-0 away,

overtook them.

With at least a home draw in Tuesday’s crucial match against Spain,

who must win in Braga to advance to the semi-finals,

Cristiano Ronaldo’s team will go to the last four.

With one game remaining in the Nations League A-Group 2 on Saturday,

Switzerland defeated Spain 2-1 at home,

knocking the hosts off the top spot. Goals from Manuel Akanji and Breel Embolo were the difference.

The 2016 runners-up are now in second place with eight points after Portugal,

which defeated the Czech Republic 4-0 away,

overtook them.
With at least a home draw in Tuesday’s crucial match against Spain,

who must win in Braga to advance to the semi-finals, Cristiano Ronaldo’s team will go to the last four.

In the race to stay in the league, Switzerland is third with six points,

two more than the Czech Republic, whom they will face on Tuesday.

With at least a home draw in Tuesday’s crucial match against Spain,

who must win in Braga to advance to the semi-finals,

Cristiano Ronaldo’s team will go to the last four.

In the race to stay in the league,

Switzerland is third with six points,

two more than the Czech Republic,

whom they will face on Tuesday.

The hosts tied the score 10 minutes after the break on a cross-shot from a counterattack by Jordi Alba after Akanji

had given them the lead with a header from a corner in the 21st minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s team will move to the semifinals with at least a home draw in Tuesday’s critical match against Spain,

who must win in Braga to advance.

Switzerland is in third place in the league standings with six points,

two points ahead of the Czech Republic, whom they will play on Tuesday.

After Akanji gave the home team the lead in the 21st minute with a header from a corner,

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the score was levelled 10 minutes after halftime with a crossshot following a counterattack by Jordi Alba.

Spain lost a shocking 2-1 decision at home to Switzerland,

giving away the lead in Group A2 of the UEFA Nations League.
On minute 21, Manuel Akanji

handed the visitors a startling lead by physically dominating Cesar Azpilicueta at a corner and then kicking the ball down and away from Unai Simon.
With Marco Asensio of Real Madrid as their centre attacker,

Spain dominated the midfield and the sides but had no influence in the Swiss penalty area.

Early in the second half, Asensio scored Spain’s equaliser with a spectacular run that disoriented the entire Swiss defence before laying off to Jordi Alba,

who was unable to miss.
Four minutes later, however, the brilliant Akanji switched roles and assisted Breel Embolo in regaining the lead for Switzerland. Eric Garcia was ultimately charged with scoring an own goal.
The Swiss continued to pack the box and stifle the home team’s offence, despite Spain making five substitutions in the second half.

In spite of the fact that Switzerland had never defeated Spain in their home country and had only ever triumphed against them once,

in the memorable 2010 World Cup group stage match, they were more than deserving of their victory over the feeble hosts.
As a result of the shocker, Switzerland is now no longer at the bottom of the group,

and Spain now faces Portugal on Tuesday in what will effectively be a playoff to advance to the semifinals.

Switzerland’s victory against the toothless hosts was well worth it even if they had never defeated Spain at home and had only ever achieved success against the legendary opponents once, in the historic 2010 World Cup group stage match.
In contrast, Spain loses the top spot to Portugal,

who they will play on Tuesday in a makeshift playoff to determine who advances to the semifinals. The surprise result lifts Switzerland off the bottom of the group.

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