🇪🇺 NL: Ronaldo stars in Portugal win; Spain saved late, Haaland shines | OneFootball
🇪🇺 NL: Ronaldo stars in Portugal win; Spain saved late, Haaland shines
There were plenty more Nations League fixtures across all four divisions to enjoy on Sunday.
This is what went down.
Ronaldo shines in big Portugal win
Scorers: Carvalho 15′, Ronaldo 35′, 39′, Cancelo 68′
Portugal ruthlessly put Switzerland to the sword at home to kickstart their Nations League campaign in style, spearheaded by their main man.
William Carvalho put them ahead after 15 minutes when he reacted quickest from four yards to turn the ball home after a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick was parried into this path.
But the Manchester United man wouldn’t be denied for long and he doubled his side’s lead after tenacious work from clubmate Bruno Fernandes to win the ball back high, allowing the ball to be cut back for Ronaldo to slam home.
A second swiftly followed for the striker four minutes with a tap-in following some generous Swiss defending before João Cancelo made it four after the interval when he deftly nutmegged goalkeeper Gregor Kobel on the edge of his area after he came a long way and then calmly rolled into the empty net.
Spain leave it late for a point
Scorers: Pešek 4′, Kuchta 66′; Gavi 45+3′, Martínez 90′
A last minute goal from Íñigo Martínez rescued Spain from falling to defeat in their Nations League opener against the Czech Republic.
The home side took a surprise lead with just four minutes on the clock when Jakub Pešek netted easily from close range after his side’s attacking trio easily beat Spain’s offside trap to swarm down on goal.
But Spain equalised moments before half-time through Gavi when he curled a delightful finish into the far corner from the right of the penalty area after the hosts’ failed to clear their lines.
With that goal, he became the youngest competitive goalscorer in La Roja history, beating the record previously held by club-mate Ansu Fati by just one week.
However, the Czech Republic regained the lead on 66 minutes when Jan Kuchta scored with a delightful chip but again benefited from a poorly-placed high Spanish defensive line, aided in part by Eric García’s botched attempt to intercept.
But Luis Enrique’s men escaped with a point in injury time when Marco Asensio’s delivery was headed in by Martínez for a share of the spoils.
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