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.



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


  • 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


  • 1Vaclík
  • 6Kudela
  • 7Kalvach
  • 9Hlozek
  • 11Jurecka
  • 12Havel
  • 13Mateju
  • 14Tecl
  • 16Stanek
  • 19Lingr
  • 20Vlkanova
  • 21Král

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