Switzerland – Spain: Spain Get Off The Mark (0-1)
This Nations League fixture gave both countries a prospect of turning around the fortunes of their campaign. The Swiss gambled on a familiar chink in the Spanish armor to hold onto their stake in this duel, but their improvement after the break could not make up for a fatal deficit.
Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.
Notwithstanding a changeover of the man at the helm, the Swiss shone throughout 2021. Vladimir Petković delivered a bolt from the blue to eliminate the French on the path to the last eight of the EUROs before Murat Yakin guided the nation into the World Cup in the autumn. On the other hand, they are winless in 2022, losing twice on the spin in the Nations League to sit bottom of their group. Merely five months till they travel to Qatar, Yakin's men will be eager to return to winning ways.
In the same manner as at EURO 2021, the Spanish have drawn their first two matches of the Nations League tournament. What's more, results have fallen in line with typical game states. No other outfit in Europe can rival their ability to keep the ball under their spell. Yet, La Roja, still victim to critiques of a tedious style of play, do not have the fire in the final third to blow the rest of the competition away. Would they now manage to . . .