Madrid (AP) – Spain has taken the lead in the German Football Nations League group thanks to a convincing performance against Ukraine.
Three days after the 1-1 draw against the German team, the former world champion defeated the team of former European footballer Andrej Shevchenko 4-0 (3-0) in Madrid. With four points, the Iberians are in first, one point ahead of Ukraine, which won 2-1 against Switzerland at the start. With two points, the German team follows in third place. On the third day of play, Spain will host Switzerland on October 10, while Germany will be challenged in Ukraine at the same time.
Captain Sergio Ramos gave the Spaniards a 2-0 lead with a penalty kick (3rd) and a header (32nd). The only 17-year-old Ansu Fati of FC Barcelona rose to 3-0 (32nd). The super talent of FC Barcelona is now the youngest goalscorer in Spain’s international match history. The hosts then struggled against the very defensive Ukrainians, before substitute Ferran Torres scored the goal in the 84th minute to make it 4-0.
In League B, Russia and Wales each celebrated their second victories. The 2018 World Cup hosts won Hungary’s 3: 2 (3: 0) in Budapest and consolidated first place in Group 3 after the 3: 1 start against Serbia. Anton Mirantschuk (16.), Magomed Osdojew (35.) and Mario Fernandes (47th) scored for Russia. The Freiburg Bundesliga players Roland Sallai (63rd) and Nemanja Nikolić (71st) were successful with the hosts. Serbia and Turkey split 0-0 in Belgrade.
In Group 4, Neco Williams scored a 1-0 (0-0) victory against Bulgaria for the Welsh in Cardiff with his goal in the 5th minute of the injury. The team around Real Madrid star Gareth Bale had won 1-0 against Finland in the beginning. The Northern Europeans beat Ireland 1-0 (0-0) in Dublin and are second in the table with three points. Fredrik Jensen (65th) from FC Augsburg marked the decisive goal.