Spain managed to secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory over England in the UEFA Nations League A.

Spain were clearly the better side on Saturday night against England at Wembley Stadium. With a lot of hard work, they made their comeback for a 2-1 UEFA Nations League win.

Both sides fielded their solid XIs for the match as the new Spain manager Luis Enrique oversaw his first game in charge of the Spanish national team after being hired to replace interim boss Fernando Hierro, who managed the team at the 2018 World Cup following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui. 

Both teams had 1 goal each on the scoresheet before the 15th minute, with Marcus Rashford scoring from an inch-perfect Luke Shaw cross on the counter-attack for the English side and Saul smashed a shot from Rodrigo‘s cross to make it 1-1.

Rodrigo then put Spain in the lead in the 32nd minute, cleverly redirecting a Thiago Alacantra free kick at the near post to beat Jordan Pickford in the England goal.

The match was interrupted for nearly five minutes soon after the break when England defender Luke Shaw went down after a collision with Dani Carvajal and had to be stretchered off the field. An FA spokesperson confirmed after the match that Shaw was “fine and walking and talking in the dressing room.” Danny Rose came on for Shaw at left-back as a substitute of the match slowed immediately following the Manchester United player was carried off the field.

After that, neither side had any real chances to score. in the following 15 minutes. The game opened up again in the closing minutes as England pushed for an equalizer, with Rashford shooting right at De Gea after being played into the penalty area with a quick ball from Harry Kane.

England World Cup defender Harry Maguire headed a Kieran Trippier corner kick just wide of the far post in the 86th minute as Gareth Southgate’s side tried very hard to equalize the match.

The referee gave 9 minutes of injury time following the delay for Shaw’s injury and substitute Danny Welbeck seemed to have scored the equalizer from close range but was harshly whistled for a foul on  Spanish goalkeeper De Gea as he sprang for a loose ball in front of his net.

The match was also marked by Spain fans chanting “Gibraltar is Spanish” risking a sanction from football authoritiesThe country has been trying to get Gibraltar back from Britain for 300 years after ceding it in 1713. 

The three points see Spain go top of UEFA Nations League A Group 4, with the third team in the group, Croatia, yet to play their opener. Croatia is set to play against Spain first and then later with England

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