Player ratings as La Roja go top of Nations League group

Spain secured back-to-back Nations League victories with a 2-0 win against the Czech Republic in Malaga on Sunday.

Luis Enrique’s men looked vulnerable at times against a physical Czech side but controlled the game for long stretches and were deserved winners at La Rosaleda.

Spain dominated possession in the opening stages, but created very little and were caught napping at the back. Marcos Alonso was often guilty of giving the ball way cheaply, with Vaclav Cerny robbing him of possession and forcing Unai Simon into a stretching save after 18 minutes.

The Athletic Club goalkeeper came to Spain’s rescue again moments later when Cerny released Jan Kuchta on the break, and Simon denied the Czech striker with his feet.

But Spain scored with their first shot of the match through Carlos Soler. Koke’s neat ball over the top found Marco Asensio, and he in turn waited to pick out the late run of Soler, firing in at Ales Mandous’ near post.