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Nations League: Spain vs Ukraine

Spain will look to win their first UEFA Nations League 2020-21 as they continue their Group D League A campaign at home against Ukraine. Luis Enrique's side drew 1-1 with Germany in their league opener on Thursday, while Ukraine beat Switzerland 2-1 to top the group ahead of a surprising second series.

David de Gea was awarded a starting spot against Germany on Thursday night and that will once again continue, with fellow Premier League goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga starting on the bench. Enrique is not worried about injury from the clash with Germany and is therefore able to keep the squad, with Jesus Navas, Fabian Ruiz and Rodrigo Moreno likely to keep their positions. Manchester City's new attacking player Ferran Torres also gives Spain a new look, meaning players like Ansu Fati and Dani Olmo could have to accept once again on the bench. Spain appeared to be headed to a defeat in their UEFA Nations League opening game on Thursday night, with Timo Werner's strike at the start of the second half giving Germany the lead but Jose Gaya scored equalizing. at the 95th minute for La Roja, and Enrique's side will now look to win 4 points in their previous 2 matches next month. Spain have been having problems in recent years, but they have made it through the Euro qualifiers for next summer by winning 9 out of 10 matches. The 2010 world champions are also unbeaten since the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League defeat to Croatia, a streak spanning 12 games.

For Ukraine, Shevchenko pays tribute to defenders Oleksandr Tymchyk and Bohdan Mykhaylichenko after the Swiss clash, as both players make their national team debut. The pair are expected to retain their place in the starting lineup for this match as long as there are no physical concerns. Yarmolenko and Zinchenko will both keep their positions on the left flank while Yevhen Konoplyanka will once again be joined by fellow Junior Moraes of Shakhtar Donetsk in the attacking position. Ukraine are currently topping the group with a 2-1 home win over Switzerland on Thursday night, West Ham United's Andriy Yarmolenko and Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko on the scoresheet for Eastern Europe's rep. Andriy Shevchenko's team will also be in the Euro Finals next summer, topping the qualifying group with 20 points, eight games unbeaten.