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Switzerland 0-1 Spain

Spain has picked up their first victory in Group A2 by edging past seething Switzerland.

Sarabia’s first-half strike proved to be enough for the visitors, who controlled the game for the most part.

The Swiss threatened in spells, but never consistently enough to make a comeback.

Starting lineup:

SWITZERLAND (4-3-3): Yann Sommer; Silvan Widmer, Manuel Akanji, Eray Comert, Ricardo Rodriguez; Remo Freuler, Michel Aebischer, Granit Xhaka (c); Xherdan Shaqiri, Breel Embolo, Steven Zuber.

SUBS: Jordan Lotomba, Mattia Bottani, Djibril Sow, Kevin Mbabu, Mario Gavranovic, Fabian Frei, Renato Steffen, Yvon Mvogo, Noah Okafor, Haris Seferovic, Gregor Kobel.

SPAIN (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Cesar Azpilicueta, Diego Llorente, Pau Torres, Jordi Alba; Marcos Llorente, Sergio Busquets (c), Pablo Gaviria; Pablo Sarabia, Alvaro Morata, Ferran Torres.

SUBS: Marco Asensio, Carlos Soler, Rodrigo, Robert Sanchez, Dani Olmo, Daniel Carvajal, Eric Garcia, Koke, Ínigo Martinez, Ansu Fati, Marcos Alonso, David Raya Martin.

Goal:

GOAL! SWITZERLAND 0-1 SPAIN! Llorente shrugs off a challenge to bustle into the right of the box. He centres the ball for Sarabia, who prods it home! The goal’s checked by VAR for offside, and it stands!

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Switzerland 0-1 Spain

What does it mean? Another successful Swiss trip.

The Nations League ensures Spain are regularly playing high-level opponents, but there may have been some concern if the national team went three competitive matches without a victory in a World Cup year.

A trip to Switzerland was the ideal tonic then, for Spain are now unbeaten in all of their 11 matches in the country – their best such record anywhere.

Gavi given rough treatment.

Barcelona teenager Gavi catches the eye every time he plays, and this match was no different in that sense, with one outrageous sequence seeing the midfield execute a ‘sombrero’ over Xherdan Shaqiri and then dance past Granit Xhaka.

But that piece of skill, like other rare moments of Spanish brilliance, was followed by a foul. Switzerland conceded 21 of them, including seven to poor Alvaro Morata.

So, what’s next?

Spain host the Czech Republic next, while Switzerland welcomes Portugal.

It looks like it’ll be between La Roja and Portugal to top the group. The Swiss, meanwhile, are at risk of relegation.

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