Inigo Martínez needed a last-minute strike to save Spain a 2–2 Nations League draw with the Czech Republic, while Lionel Messi scored all five goals as Argentina beat Estonia 5–0 in a friendly.
The Czechs took an early lead in their Group A2 clash with Spain when Sparta Prague forward Jakob Peek scored from close range in the fourth minute, joined by a pass from Jan Kuchta, who went behind the visitors’ defence. Gone.
Spain equalized at the stroke of half-time when midfielder Gavi stunned Czech goalkeeper Tomas Váklik with a shot and made it to the far post.
However, the Czechs took the lead in the 66th minute when Kuchta scored goalkeeper Unai Simon from outside the field when he was sent off to score alone.
Spain scored in the 90th minute to break the hearts of home fans in Prague when Martínez connected with a cross from Marco Asensio and his header crossed the line.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice Portugal swept away for an emphatic 4-0 win Switzerland In their UEFA Nations League clash at the Estadio José Alvalade in Lisbon.
William Carvalho and Joo Cancello were also on the scoresheet as the hosts wasted many opportunities to further humiliate the visitors, who had suffered their biggest defeat since losing to Germany on the same scoreline in 2008.
Portugal have four points from the first two matches of Group A2 and are ahead of second-placed Czech Republic in goal 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 netted a quickfire double to increase his international goalscoring record to 117.
Ronaldo should have taken a hat-trick when he wasted two excellent opportunities before half-time, the first was barely credible from six yards, but it was left to Cancello to score a fourth for Portugal in the second half. .
Portugal will host the Czech Republic in their next match on Thursday, while Switzerland will entertain Spain in Geneva the same evening.
Meanwhile, Erling Haaland scored in each half and took 19 matches to take their international tally to 18 Norway defeat Sweden 2–1 at the top of the Nations League Group B4 after winning their opening two matches.
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.
The striker 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 for Norway to win.
Norway top the group with six points ahead of their first home match against Slovenia on Thursday, while hosts Swedes are in second place. Serbiawho defeated the Slovenians 4-1.
SloveniaK Petar Stojanovic canceled out Alexander Mitrovic’s first-half opener, but second-half goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Luka Jovic and Nemanja Radonjic completed a comfortable victory for the Serb.
Ian Barraclo’s side, who lost 1-0 to Greece in their Group C2 opener at Windsor Park last week, are third in the table after two matches.
Greece Anastasios Bakacetas scored the only goal after last week’s opening win with another 1-0 success on the road kosovo,
Georgia Won two of the two as they registered a 5-2 win BulgariaGroup C4 Rivals North Macedonia Recorded his first win, 2-0 inches GibraltarAnd Malta Made a winning start to his Group D2 campaign by defeating san marino 2-0.
Messi took five wickets as Argentina beat Estonia
Lionel Messi celebrated captaining Argentina last Wednesday by grabbing all five goals and becoming the fourth-highest scorer in men’s international football, as Argentina ended their European tour by beating Estonia 5-0 in Spain.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner opened the scoring from the spot after eight minutes, and doubled Argentina’s advantage from a tight angle before the interval.
It took him only two minutes to add a third in the second half, which saw him score 84 goals for his country alongside Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas.
However, he was not made there, and played in the top goalscorer standings of all time, after several Estonia players stopped for a foul on an Argentine midfielder, before scoring goalkeeper Matvey Igonne and slotting home. Clearly shifted to fourth place.
He added fifth for only the second time in his career for club or country, when he rebounded from Paulo Dybala attempting to complete a distinctive solo performance.
World Cup holders France faced a rematch of their 2018 final win over Croatia in Split on Monday, the highlight of the day’s seven games; Start at 7.45.
Elsewhere, Euro 2020 semifinalists Denmark visited Ralf Rangnik’s Austria, looking to seal their impressive 2-1 win over France in their Nations League opening match.