Switzerland have as soon as once more positioned an impediment within the path of Spain, as they did on the 2010 World Cup. There, within the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, the European champions and one of many pre-tournament favourites had been dealt a blow when Gelson Fernandes inflicted defeat within the opening spherical of fixtures in Group H. Spain would go on to win the World Cup after defeating Germany within the semi-finals and Luis Enrique’s facet will want historical past to repeat itself to safe their passage to the ultimate 4 of the UEFA Nations League after once more coming unstuck by the hands of the Swiss.
Sergio Ramos took the headlines on Saturday for turning into the most-capped European participant of all time, however the Actual Madrid defender additionally missed two penalties as Spain drew 1-1 with Switzerland within the St. Jakob-Park. Germany, in the meantime, got here from behind in Leipzig to defeat Ukraine 3-1 and transfer to the highest of Group 4 with one spherical of fixtures remaining that can pit Luis Enrique towards Joachim Löw in a direct shoot-out for a spot within the finals.
Spain can not afford slip-ups in Seville
Timo Werner has now scored in every of his final 5 appearances for membership and nation:
Six objectives within the final 17 days. 😳 pic.twitter.com/7KJXiLJSPd
— Squawka Soccer (@Squawka) November 14, 2020
The maths for Spain is pretty simple: nothing lower than a victory over Germany will do. A draw won’t be adequate for La Roja to progress and Enrique will probably be ruing his facet’s 1-0 loss in Ukraine, though the panorama may very well be significantly worse however for late objectives from José Luis Gayà in Germany and Gerard Moreno in Switzerland. Germany too have ridden their luck; a 3-0 deficit towards Switzerland was ultimately overturned for a degree and Löw’s facet didn’t have it straightforward away in Ukraine both.
Spain will get pleasure from residence benefit for the sport, which will probably be staged at La Cartuja in Seville, the place the in-form Timo Werner will present a tortuous afternoon for Enrique’s again line. All eyes will little question be on the spot ought to Spain be awarded a penalty although.