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Spain 2-0 Czech Republic: Hosts go top of Nations League Group A2

Carlos Soler
Carlos Soler scored his third goal for Spain on his ninth appearance

Spain saw off the Czech Republic at La Rosaleda Stadium in Malaga to move into top spot in Nations League Group A2.

Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler slotted in from Marco Asensio’s pass to open the scoring before substitute Pablo Sarabia doubled the hosts’ lead.

The 30-year-old tapped in from close range after Barcelona winger Ferran Torres flashed a ball across goal.

Spain were dominant, enjoying 72% of possession, and Sarabia curled another narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

The visitors did have chances of their own in the first half, but Vaclav Cerny and Jan Kutcha both failed to convert.

Victory for Luis Enrique’s side saw them leapfrog Portugal, who were beaten by Switzerland.

  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

Spain

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Simón
  • 20CarvajalBooked at 78mins
  • 14García
  • 3Martínez
  • 17AlonsoSubstituted forAlbaat 78′minutes
  • 19SolerSubstituted forPáezat 59′minutes
  • 16Rodri
  • 8KokeSubstituted forBusquetsat 79′minutes
  • 10AsensioSubstituted forSarabiaat 72′minutes
  • 7MorataSubstituted forTorresat 59′minutes
  • 21Olmo

Substitutes

  • 1Sánchez
  • 2Azpilicueta
  • 4Torres
  • 5Busquets
  • 6Llorente
  • 9Páez
  • 11Torres
  • 12Fati Vieira
  • 13Raya
  • 15Llorente
  • 18Alba
  • 22Sarabia

Czech Rep

Formation 3-4-3

  • 23Mandous
  • 2Zima
  • 4Brabec
  • 3Jemelka
  • 5Coufal
  • 22Soucek
  • 15SadílekSubstituted forKrálat 30′minutes
  • 18ZelenySubstituted forKalvachat 79′minutes
  • 17CernySubstituted forHlozekat 59′minutes
  • 10KuchtaSubstituted forJureckaat 59′minutes
  • 8PesekSubstituted forTeclat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vaclík
  • 6Kudela
  • 7Kalvach
  • 9Hlozek
  • 11Jurecka
  • 12Havel
  • 13Mateju
  • 14Tecl
  • 16Stanek
  • 19Lingr
  • 20Vlkanova
  • 21Král
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir
Attendance:
30,389

Match Stats

Home TeamSpainAway TeamCzech Rep
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Spain 2, Czech Republic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Spain 2, Czech Republic 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jordi Alba (Spain).

  5. Post update

    Václav Jurecka (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ferran Torres (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Eric García (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Stanislav Tecl (Czech Republic).

  9. Post update

    Gavi (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Adam Hlozek (Czech Republic).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pablo Sarabia (Spain) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ferran Torres.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dani Olmo (Spain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Czech Republic. Lukás Kalvach replaces Jaroslav Zeleny.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Czech Republic. Stanislav Tecl replaces Jakub Pesek.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Sergio Busquets replaces Koke.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Jordi Alba replaces Marcos Alonso.

  19. Booking

    Daniel Carvajal (Spain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Spain).

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