Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal registered an emphatic 4-0 win over Switzerland League of NationsWhile the new Manchester City signing Erling Haaland also scored twice as Norway defeat Sweden 2-1.
William Carvalho and Joo Cancello were also on the scoresheet as hosts. Portugal The visitors, who suffered their biggest defeat since losing to Germany by the same scoreline in 2008, wasted many opportunities to further humiliate the visitors.
Portugal have four points from the first two matches of Group A2 and are ahead of second place. czech republic on target difference. Switzerland are at naught after consecutive defeats and have now failed to win their last four matches since qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.
Carvalho opened the scoring when he reacted quickest to a loose ball when Ronaldo’s free-kick was intercepted, before Ronaldo secured a quickfire brace to increase his record number of international goals to 117. . Ronaldo should have taken a hat-trick when he wasted two. Excellent opportunity before half-time, the first missed barely from six yards, but it was left to Cancello in the second half to score a fourth for Portugal.
Elsewhere in Group A2, a late goal from defender Inigo Martínez saved a 2–2 draw. Spain against czech republic, Sparta Prague forward Jakob Peek scored from close range in the fourth minute, joined by a pass from Jan Kuchta that went past Spain’s defence.
The visitors equalized at half-time when Spaniard midfielder Gavi beat Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vkli with a shot at the far post. However, the Czechs took the lead in the 66th minute when forward Jan Kuchta scored goalkeeper Unai Simon from just outside the field after he was sent off on goal alone.
Spain scored in the 90th minute to break the hearts of the home fans when Martínez connected with a cross from Marco Asensio and his header crossed the line.
In Group B4, Haaland scored one goal in each half and brought his international standings to 18 in 19 games. When Morton Thorsby was awarded a soft penalty by referee Anthony Taylor for some spontaneous contact in the box by Emil Kraft, the visitors took the lead.
Haaland, who scored the winning goal in his opening game against Serbia, made a spot kick to Robin Olsen’s right in the 20th minute. Sweden’s only attempt on target in the opening 45 minutes came from a pair of Emil Forsberg free kicks just before the break, but despite good strikes and set pieces early in the second half, they could not manage in an equalizer fashion.
Haaland paid him in the 69th minute, latching on to a loose ball and flashing a low right footed shot into the net before Olsen and the box made it 2-0. Hollande missed a big opportunity to complete his hat-trick three minutes later, and Joshua King was replaced soon after.
Anthony Elanga scored a stoppage time goal for Sweden which proved to be too little, too late Norway kept to win.
Meanwhile, Ian Barraclow insists he can handle the criticism that will come after Northern IrelandAs the latest setback to the Nations League he called for patience with a young squad finding their way. The same problems were made clear by Thursday’s disappointing 1-0 home loss to Greece Northern Ireland a. in a goalless draw again with Cyprus The side which arguably should have won the competition in Larnaca, as Barraclo’s men turned in another disgruntled performance.
The draw extended Northern Ireland’s winless run in this competition to 12 matches, and was their third point so far. In a week when Barracco has already faced questions about pressure, sections of the 600-strong traveling support greeted the final whistle blower at the AEK Arena, with some fans disappointed at the lack of progress.
“There are always people questioning your position,” he said. “People don’t get built when you win games because you’re not winning them by a big margin. It comes with terrain. I have thick skin.”