NATIONS LEAGUE

Spain edge Switzerland to stay top of Nations League group

Germany also beat hosts Ukraine 2-1 in the Nations League on Saturday for their first win in four matches and their first ever victory in this competition.

Spain edge Switzerland to stay top of Nations League group
Chema Moya EFE

Mikel Oyarzabal scored early to help an underwhelming Spain secure a scrappy 1-0 victory over Switzerland in the Nations League on Saturday, keeping them top of their group.

The Real Sociedad forward snatched the only goal of the game in the 14th minute after Switzerland tried to play the ball out from the back but failed miserably, leaving Oyarzabal with a simple finish.

Barcelona's teenage talent Ansu Fati and Oyarzabal spurned further chances as Luis Enrique's side failed to add to their lead.

Spain lead League A Group 4 with seven points from three games, two points ahead of Germany, who beat Ukraine 2-1.

Germany finally get Nations League win

Germany scored once in either half to beat hosts Ukraine 2-1 in the Nations League on Saturday for their first win in four matches and their first ever victory in this competition.

Matthias Ginter put them ahead in the 20th minutes after good work from Antonio Ruediger, and Leon Goretzka pounced on a mistake by Ukraine keeper Georgiy Bushchan to head in their second goal four minutes after the restart.

Despite having the rested Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig players back in the line-up, the Germans were far from their best and a 77th minute Ruslan Malinovskyi penalty woke up the 20,000 crowd in the Ukrainian capital's Olympic stadium.

UEFA Nations League - League A - Group 4 - Ukraine v GermanySoccer Football - UEFA Nations League - League A - Group 4 - Ukraine v Germany - NSC Olympiyskiy, Kyiv, Ukraine - October 10, 2020 Fans are seen in the stands before the match REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

On Tuesday Ukraine host Spain while the Germans, who had not won a single game in the inaugural 2018/19 competition, take on Switzerland.