Nati had to be patient to get ahead in Zaragoza. Against a Spanish team that did not let go of the ball, the Swiss took refuge in defense for much of the match. However, it was they who scored first, opening the scoring with a corner after an angry header from Manuel Akanji (21st).
Back from the locker room, things accelerated with the sublime equalizer by Jordi Alba (55th), who finished off a brilliant serve from Marco Asensio with a clear shot under the crossbar. While the locals had just regained hope, the Swiss took the lead again three minutes later, again from a set piece, by Breel Embolo (58th). Moments later (62nd), the Nati could not even break the break, after a dangerous exit by Unai Simón, the Spanish goalkeeper.
During the last half hour of play, the Spaniards believed they equalized on several occasions, especially when left-back Steffen missed his own goal (68th) by sending a hesitant pass to his goalkeeper, the pass grazing the post before finishing for a corner. . Yann Sommer’s parades (69th, 75th, 90+2nd) also prevented the Spaniards from coming back to score, in an increasingly choppy end to the match.
Possession of La Roja. Spain monopolized the ball again, failing to beat a Swiss defense that defended very low in the second half.
the suspense remains
Two face to face at a distance. This is the look of the simultaneous clashes Czech Republic-Portugal and Spain-Switzerland on Saturday afternoon. Portugal and Spain are fighting for the top spot in Group 2. Switzerland and the Czech Republic are fighting to stay in League A.
At the end of this day, the suspense remains in Group 2. Portugal and Spain, two points apart in the standings, will play the final for access to the Final Four against Portugal on Tuesday night (8:45 p.m.). At the bottom of the table, Switzerland and the Czech Republic will take 3rd place in the group, synonymous with maintaining League A.