UEFA Nations League - Group A4
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Spain 1-0 Switzerland: Mikel Oyarzabal strike seals comfortable win for Spain

Spain celebrate Mikel Oyarzabal's first-half opener
Switzerland gifted Real Sociedad striker Mikel Oyarzabal a 14th-minute opener in his eighth international for Spain

Spain remain top of their Nations League group after a narrow victory over Switzerland in Madrid.

Real Sociedad forward Mikel Oyarzabal scored the only goal early in the first half.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traore made his competitive debut for Spain, while Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri came on for Switzerland after being passed fit following a negative Covid test.

David de Gea's clean sheet capped a satisfying night for the home side.

De Gea, who replaced Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga, was forced into a smart early save by Loris Benito, palming away the Switzerland wing-back's low shot at his near post.

But any confidence the visitors may have taken from that early sight of goal seemed to be snuffed out in the 14th minute when some inexplicable play in their own penalty area was punished by Oyarzabal.

A sloppy short pass from goalkeeper Yann Sommer was intercepted by Mikel Merino, who set up the forward for a simple finish and his third international goal.

Sommer went some way to making up for his error with a decent save in the 28th minute, turning away a powerful downward header from Manchester City's £20m winger Ferren Torres.

Oyarzabal missed a glorious chance to double his tally shortly after the break when the Swiss goalkeeper palmed a shot into his path, but he was unable to react quickly enough to turn the ball in at the back post.

Barcelona's teenage attacker Ansu Fati had an uneventful night and was replaced by 24-year-old Traore.

Germany won 2-1 in Ukraine in the other match in Group A4 to remain two points behind Spain after three matches.

Line-ups

Spain

  • 1de Gea
  • 22Navas
  • 15Ramos
  • 4Torres
  • 14Gayà
  • 5Busquets
  • 6MerinoBooked at 64mins
  • 18TorresSubstituted forRodriat 88'minutes
  • 7OlmoSubstituted forCanalesat 57'minutes
  • 17FatiSubstituted forTraoréat 57'minutes
  • 21OyarzabalSubstituted forMorenoat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Llorente
  • 3Reguilón
  • 8Ceballos
  • 9Moreno
  • 10Canales
  • 11Traoré
  • 12García
  • 13Arrizabalaga
  • 16Rodri
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 20Roberto
  • 23Simón

Switzerland

  • 1Sommer
  • 3WidmerSubstituted forGavranovicat 86'minutes
  • 4Elvedi
  • 22SchärBooked at 30mins
  • 13Rodríguez
  • 2BenitoSubstituted forZuberat 81'minutes
  • 15SowSubstituted forVargasat 60'minutes
  • 10Xhaka
  • 8FreulerBooked at 74minsSubstituted forFernandesat 86'minutes
  • 9Seferovic
  • 18MehmediSubstituted forShaqiriat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Omeragic
  • 6Cömert
  • 7Itten
  • 11Vargas
  • 12Mvogo
  • 14Zuber
  • 16Fassnacht
  • 17Lotomba
  • 19Gavranovic
  • 20Fernandes
  • 21Omlin
  • 23Shaqiri
Referee:
Ali Palabiyik

Match Stats

Home TeamSpainAway TeamSwitzerland
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Spain 1, Switzerland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Spain 1, Switzerland 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Spain. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Spain. Conceded by Nico Elvedi.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Switzerland. Granit Xhaka tries a through ball, but Mario Gavranovic is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    David de Gea (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Nico Elvedi (Switzerland).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Rodrigo replaces Ferran Torres.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Pau Torres.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Switzerland. Mario Gavranovic replaces Silvan Widmer.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Switzerland. Edimilson Fernandes replaces Remo Freuler.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gerard Moreno (Spain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sergio Canales.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Switzerland. Steven Zuber replaces Loris Benito.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Sergio Canales.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. José Gayà (Spain) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

  16. Booking

    Remo Freuler (Switzerland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Sergio Busquets (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Remo Freuler (Switzerland).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Gerard Moreno replaces Mikel Oyarzabal.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Spain. Conceded by Ricardo Rodríguez.

As It Stood

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M

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N

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