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Update Nations League: Spain, Germany hold on for victories

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Spain and Germany held on to claim uninspiring wins in the Nations League on Saturday, when Luxembourg and Montenegro also won their games.

A blunder from Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer was enough for Spain to win 1-0 in an empty stadium in Madrid, while Germany defeated Ukraine 2-1 in front of more than 17,000 fans in Kyiv for its first win in the competition at the seventh attempt. Joachim Löw’s team had drawn three and lost three since the first tournament began in 2018.


Switzerland had only one scoring opportunity in a lackluster game, when goalkeeper David de Gea made a great one-handed save to parry Loris Benito’s powerful strike early on.

Counterpart Sommer then got flustered by Spain’s pressure and passed the ball past his teammate and directly to Mikel Merino, who set up Real Sociedad clubmate Mikel Oyarzabal to score the only goal in the 14th minute.

Spain leads Group 4 with 7 points, ahead of Germany on 5, Ukraine on 3, and Switzerland with 1.

Adama Traoré went on for teenage sensation Ansu Fati in the second half and provided some good flashes on his competitive debut, but otherwise Spain coach Luis Enrique will have been left wondering about his choices as he tries to establish a new generation capable of challenging for titles.

Spain next visits Ukraine on Tuesday.


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