In the League of Nations, Spain saved the last draw of the Czech Republic, while Argentina destroyed Estonia with five goals by Lionel Messi

In the League of Nations, Spain saved the last draw of the Czech Republic, while Argentina destroyed Estonia with five goals by Lionel Messi

Spain required a last-minute Inigo Martinez goal to save a 2-2 Nations League draw with the Czech Republic, while Argentina thrashed Estonia 5-0 in a friendly with Lionel Messi scoring all five goals.

On the stroke of half-time, midfielder Gavi equalised for Spain with a shot to the far post that beat Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

Sparta Prague forward Jakub Pesek scored from close range in the fourth minute after connecting with a pass from Jan Kuchta who sneaked in behind the visitors’ defence.

However, the Czechs retook the lead in the 66th minute when Kuchta lobbed goalkeeper Unai Simon from just outside the area after he was sent through on goal alone.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal swept to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Switzerland in their UEFA Nations League clash at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon.

Spain scored in the 90th minute to break the hearts of the home fans in Prague when Martinez connected with a cross from Marco Asensio and his header just crossed the line.

William Carvalho and Joao Cancelo were also on the scoresheet as the hosts wasted numerous opportunities to inflict more humiliation on the visitors, who suffered their biggest defeat since losing to Germany by the same scoreline in 2008.

Portugal have four points from their opening two Group A2 matches and are ahead of second-placed Czech Republic on goal difference. Switzerland are on zero after back-to-back losses and are now winless in their last four encounters since they qualified for the World Cup in Qatar.

Carvalho opened the scoring when he reacted quickest to the loose ball when Ronaldo’s free-kick was parried, before the latter netted a quickfire double to extend his record tally of international goals to 117. Ronaldo should have had a hat-trick when he wasted two excellent opportunities before half-time, the first a barely believable miss from six yards, but it was left to Cancelo to score the fourth for Portugal in the second half.

Portugal host Czech Republic in their next fixture on Thursday, while Switzerland entertain Spain in Geneva on the same evening. Meanwhile, Erling Haaland scored in each half to bring his international tally to 18 in 19 games as Norway beat Sweden 2-1 to top Nations League Group B4 after victories in their opening two games.

The visitors took the lead when Morten Thorsby was awarded a soft penalty by referee Anthony Taylor for some innocuous contact in the box by Emil Krafth. Haaland, who scored the winner against Serbia in their opening game, thumped the spot-kick to the right of Robin Olsen in the 20th minute. Sweden’s only attempts on target in the opening 45 minutes came from a pair of Emil Forsberg free-kicks just before the break, but despite a string of decent attacks and set-pieces early in the second half, they could not manage to fashion an equaliser.

Anthony Elanga scored a stoppage-time goal for the Swedes that proved too little, too late as Norway held on to win. The Norwegians top the group on six points ahead of their first home game against bottom-side Slovenia on Thursday, while the Swedes host second-placed Serbia, who beat the Slovenians 4-1.

The striker missed a great chance to complete his hat-trick three minutes later and was replaced by Joshua King soon after. Haaland made them pay in the 69th minute, latching on to a loose ball and surging powerfully into the box before flashing a low right-foot shot across Olsen and into the net to make it 2-0.

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