Another nine 2022/23 UEFA Nations League games are to be played on Saturday, as Spain bid to become the first team from League A to qualify for next June’s finals.
Luis Enrique’s men, who were runners-up in the 2020/21 Nations League, host Switzerland in Group A2 knowing they’ll be through to the last four if they win and Portugal lose to the Czech Republic. The Swiss will be relegated to League B if they suffer defeat in Zaragoza and the Czechs beat the Portuguese in Prague.
In the second tier, meanwhile, three countries have the opportunity to clinch promotion to League A. The Scots will go up from Group B1 if they defeat the Republic of Ireland and Ukraine fail to beat Armenia, while in Group B2, Israel will secure their League A berth if they see off Albania. In Group B4, Norway will be promoted if they beat Slovenia and Serbia fail to win against Sweden, or if the Norwegians draw in Ljubljana and the Serbs are defeated in Belgrade.
Armenia will drop down to League C if they lose to Ukraine and Ireland beat Scotland, and Slovenia will also be relegated if they’re defeated and Sweden secure victory over Serbia.
To find out which broadcaster is showing the Nations League if you’re outside the US, take a look at this UEFA list.
Among Saturday’s international friendlies, the fixture that stands out is Russia’s visit to Kyrgyzstan, in what is the Russians’ first game since a 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Croatia in November 2021. Having been banned from all UEFA and FIFA tournaments because of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Russia are restricted to friendlies – and are not allowed to use their name. They have been ordered to compete as the Football Union of Russia.
Bosnia-Herzegovina have also agreed to play Russia in a friendly in November – a move heavily criticised by Bosnian international midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who has described himself as “speechless” at the decision. The Russians were also due to face Iran in November, but an Irani Football Federation official told the country’s media on Thursday that the game has now been called off.
Elsewhere in the world, Mexico continue their preparations for Qatar 2022 with a warm-up against Peru in California – a game that you can follow live with AS USA.
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International soccer schedule: matches today, 24 September – times … – AS USA