Spain celebrates as Portugal falls to a lousy punch 57 seconds

15 Jun 2022 | 08:02 | Football

Spain won their second consecutive UEFA Nations League match on Sunday with a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic while opponents Portugal conceded a goal after just 57 seconds to lose to Switzerland.

Spain took the lead over Malaga in the 24th minute when Marco Asensio perfectly passed for Carlos Soler to score.

Pablo Sarabia added a second goal in the 75th minute as Spain outperformed a Czech team against a team they drew 2-2 in Prague last week.

Despite the win, Spain were indebted to some excellent saves from Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon.

He saved an 18th minute strike from Vaclav Cerny and two minutes later, was denied by Jan Kuchta.

“I hope to come back for the next international tournament and go to the World Cup,” Soler said.

“But now I just think about going on vacation. It has been a very difficult season, starting with the Tokyo Olympics. I have made many dreams come true, but I hope to make many dreams come true. real.”

In Geneva, Switzerland took the lead after just 57 seconds against a Portuguese playing without Cristiano Ronaldo when Haris Seferovic scored from a Silvan Widmer cross.

Portugal captain Pepe made his 128th international appearance and they were unlucky not to get something out of the game when Swiss goalkeeper Jonas Omlin saved Danilo and Bernardo Silva.

“We couldn’t concede a goal after 30 seconds of the game. It was our mistake,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

“We lack the decisiveness. We would rather be at the top of the table, but I always say that the decisive match will be the one against Spain.”

The win was a welcome boost for a Swiss team that went into the match having lost three previous games.

Spain top Group 2 League A with eight points from four games with Portugal one point behind.

Erling Haaland scored twice and netted a third as Norway beat neighbors Sweden 3-2 in Oslo in League B.

“I am speechless!” The 21-year-old striker told Norwegian television, before adding: “Winning Sweden in the last game of the season, it was beautiful.”

Haaland, who is joining Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund this summer, put Norway ahead in the 10th minute with a cross near the post.

He added a penalty in the 54th minute after Hjalmar Ekdal fouled Alexander Sorloth.

It was Haaland’s 20th international goal in 18 appearances for Norway.

Sweden hit back eight minutes after Emil Forsberg broke through Dejan Kulusevski’s pass.

Then, Haaland crossed to Sorloth’s header to score the home team’s equalizer after 77 minutes.

Viktor Gyokeres gave the Swedes short-lived hope by tearing the home team’s net after five minutes of play.

Norway coach Stale Solbakken said: “It tastes great.