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When Spain hosts the Czech Republic in Malaga on Sunday for a League A Group 2 match, they will be looking to complete the month’s UEFA Nations League contests on a positive note.
During their midweek match, La Roja defeated Switzerland 1-0, while the visitors were defeated 2-0 by Portugal in their most recent Iberian tour.
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The third time was the charm for Spain in the Nations League, as Luis Enrique’s side recovered from one-point losses to the Czech Republic and Portugal to defeat a woeful Switzerland team on Thursday evening.
In the face of an unforgiving fixture schedule, La Roja reverted to perhaps their strongest XI, scoring in the 13th minute through Pablo Sarabia, which was enough to send them over the line against the section’s bottom team and compel Portugal to look over their shoulder.
With three games under their belts, the runners-up in the 2020-21 Nations League are in second place in League A Group 2 and are within striking distance of Portugal, who are the next visitors to Geneva, so it might all come down to their heavyweight confrontation on matchday six three months from now.
Since losing to France in last year’s showpiece event, Enrique has supervised a seven-game unbeaten streak in all tournaments, and Spain has scored in each of their previous 17 games since being held by Sweden at Euro 2020 – not bad considering the lack of famed strikers of the past.
The Czech Republic’s resolute start to life in the top league came to naught against Portugal at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, as the Selecao comfortably dispatched their opponents by two goals to zero. In the first 45 minutes, Bernardo Silva set up Joao Cancelo and Goncalo Guedes to put an end to any chances of a favorable Czech Republic result, but Jaroslav Silhavy’s side may still be pleased with their month’s work during their League A debut.
Staying in League A would be a tiny consolation for the Czech Republic after their World Cup Qualifying playoff heartbreak, and Silhavy’s team is now ranked third and cannot be overtaken by Switzerland regardless of what happens tonight.
The world’s 33rd-ranked nation is still looking for their first away clean sheet in the Nations League, but they could take heart from their first encounter with Spain earlier this month, which ended in a 2-2 tie with Inigo Martinez salvaging a point at the last.
However, the visitors’ winless streak against Spain in all tournaments now stands at six games, and La Roja has a flawless record of three victories from three against the Czech Republic on home soil.
Even if Enrique opts to deploy a second-string XI on the month’s last matchday, La Roja’s reserves are a formidable force, and Silhavy has avoided changing his lineup all month.
Such a tactic may not pay off as his players battle weariness, but given Spain’s recent goal-scoring prowess, we’re backing Enrique’s side to dig deep and win for the second time in a row.