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90' + 4'
D. Welbeck
M. Rashford
90' + 4'
D. Rose
Yellow Card
87'
Íñigo Martínez
Marcos Alonso
83'
Daniel Carvajal
Yellow Card
80'
Sergi Roberto
Thiago Alcântara
68'
Marco Asensio
Iago Aspas
66'
J. Stones
Yellow Card
64'
E. Dier
J. Henderson
53'
D. Rose
L. Shaw
Kick Off
41'
L. Shaw
Yellow Card
32'
Thiago Alcântara
Assist
32'
Rodrigo
Goal
18'
J. Henderson
Yellow Card
13'
Rodrigo
Assist
13'
Saúl
Goal
11'
L. Shaw
Assist
11'
M. Rashford
Goal
Kick Off
3
4
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
3
5
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 4
Total Passes 516 631

Commentary

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Luis Enrique records a victory in his first game in charge of Spain, overcoming England by a narrow margin at Wembley. Marcus Rashford put England ahead in the 11th minute, but La Roja equalised almost immediately through Saul Niguez. Rodrigo Moreno capitalised on loose defending from the home side to put Spain ahead and his strike proved to be the decisive effort in the contest. Spain are off the mark in Group 4 of UEFA Nations League A with three points ahead of their match against Croatia next week.
90' + 10' FULL-TIME: ENGLAND 1-2 SPAIN
90' + 9' WIDE! There's one final chance for England from a long throw, but Welbeck guides his headed effort wide of the post.
90' + 9' CLOSE! Maguire wins the header from the resulting corner and Kane attempts to latch on to the loose ball, but he just cannot reach it on the stretch.
90' + 8' Trippier makes a surging run down the right flank and wins a corner as Nacho slides in the middle to clear it behind. He had to make that challenge with Kane lurking.
90' + 6' DISALLOWED GOAL! The referee has been poor this evening and his strange night continues as he chalks off an England goal. De Gea is the fortunate party as he comes to claim a deflected cross from Gomez. Welbeck stands his ground and it results in the keeper dropping the ball via the head of the Arsenal forward. Welbeck pounces on the rebound to convert, but the referee rules that there was a foul.
D. Welbeck
M. Rashford
England
90' + 4' Rashford makes way and heads down the tunnel with an apparent knock. Welbeck replaces the forward.
D. Rose
Yellow Card
England
90' + 4' Rose trips Carvajal down the flank and goes into the book.
90' + 3' OVER! Stones loses possession and it falls for Rodrigo to have a first-time effort at goal, but he bends his strike over the bar.
90' + 2' Isco sends a teasing cross to the back post, looking for the run of Ramos. The Spain skipper connects with his strike on the volley, only to hammer his effort over the bar.
90' + 1' Martinez wins a corner for La Roja following a good run down the left, blasting his cross off the legs of Trippier.
90' There will be nine minutes of added time.
88' Rose releases Rashford down the left flank and he cuts the ball back for Alli on the edge of the box. He tries to tee up Dier for the strike, but Busquets on the slide stops the attempt.
Íñigo Martínez
Marcos Alonso
Spain
87' Martinez comes on for Alonso for the closing stages.
87' WIDE! Trippier curls his delivery towards the back post for Maguire, but he glances his header wide of the post after getting the better of Alonso.
86' Dier clips a ball over the top for Rose's run behind the Spain backline, forcing Nacho to clear behind for a corner. Pressure is building on La Roja's net.
85' OFFSIDE! Lingard slides a pass into the feet of Rashford in the box, but as he fires at goal, the offside flag is raised. De Gea made the save with his boot anyway to deny his Manchester United team-mate.
Daniel Carvajal
Yellow Card
Spain
83' Carvajal goes into the book for a foul on Lingard.
81' CHANCE! Kane releases the run of Rashford, who takes the ball in stride into the box. He only has to beat De Gea, but he snatches at his strike, firing his effort straight at the Spain keeper. Kane tries to hammer the rebound towards goal from a tight angle, only to blast his shot wide of the target.
Sergi Roberto
Thiago Alcântara
Spain
80' Sergi Roberto replaces Thiago for the visitors.
78' Isco almost releases the run of Asensio behind the England defence, only to be denied by a fine sliding challenge from Gomez.
76' England have their first real attack of the second half, but Rashford's drive from the edge of the box has the pace taken off it by a block from Ramos, allowing De Gea to make a comfortable save.
75' Shaw is reportedly awake in the medical room after suffering a head injury, which is an encouraging sign for the Manchester United man.
73' Isco sends a risky pass across the edge of his own box, but Nacho is on hand to read the offload and clear his lines.
71' Dier sends a cross-field pass over to the left flank for the run of Rose, but the wing-back just cannot reach it on the stretch.
69' England are able to clear their lines from the set-piece, but they're in dire need of improvement in the second period.
Marco Asensio
Iago Aspas
Spain
68' Asensio replaces Aspas for the visitors.
67' Alli loses the ball in the middle of the park and it forces Trippier to make a covering challenge on Saul, which hands Spain a free-kick on the flank.
J. Stones
Yellow Card
England
66' Stones is adjudged to have brought down Rodrigo on the edge of the box by the referee and goes into the book. Replays show that he won the ball fairly. Spain still have a free-kick, which sees Isco and Alonso stand over the ball.
E. Dier
J. Henderson
England
64' Henderson has been off the pace this evening and makes way for Dier.
63' Henderson dwells on the ball for too long, although his eventual offload does find Trippier. The wing-back tries to release Kane in the box, but the England skipper is offside as he shoots.
61' Spain break with ease down the right and Carvajal is allowed to cross into the box from the flank. He overhits his delivery slightly before Alonso tees up Saul for a strike at goal, but he drills his effort straight at Pickford.
60' Saul tries to break into the channel to latch on to Alonso's ball over the top, but he just cannot keep the ball in play on the byline.
59' England have been flat since the restart and the Shaw injury may be on their minds. 
57' Rodrigo and Aspas attempt to combine down the right inside channel, but the latter fails to time his run and is flagged offside.
55' OVER! Alonso's cross travels straight through the England defence for Thiago to strike on the half-volley. He makes a sweet connection on his strike, but it drifts just over the bar, with Pickford at full stretch.
54' We're back underway at Wembley after the lengthy break for Shaw to receive treatment and to be stretchered off.
D. Rose
L. Shaw
England
53' Shaw is stretchered off the field and is replaced by Rose.
50' The stretcher is being prepared to take Shaw off the field. It does not look good for Shaw following the collision.
48' Shaw is clattered in the air by Carvajal and then he lands awkwardly on the deck. He's down receiving treatment and may have to make way here.
46' We're back underway at Wembley.
Luis Enrique will be pleased with his opening 45 minutes in charge of La Roja. His team responded to going behind by being clinical in front of goal. They have looked suspect defensive as have England. Gareth Southgate will have been frustrated by his team's performance, allowing the lead first to slip then fall behind to a set-piece goal. The Three Lions could make changes at the break.
Spain take a 2-1 lead into half-time at Wembley thanks to strikes from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo Moreno. England made a bright start and took the lead through Marcus Rashford, converting Luke Shaw's cross at the back post. However, La Roja hit back immediately as Saul volleyed home from close range, while the visitors then went ahead when Rodrigo escaped the attention of the hosts' defence to score from Thiago Alcantara's free-kick.
45' HALF-TIME: ENGLAND 1-2 SPAIN
43' The tempo of the game has been quite brisk in the opening 40 or so minutes, but it's just winding down as the half-time whistle approaches.
L. Shaw
Yellow Card
England
41' Shaw dives in on Carvajal and goes into the book.
41' Maguire wins the ball at the back and maraudes forward through the midfield. He tries to release Rashford over the top, only to be denied by a good clearance from Nacho, who reads the danger.
39' Rashford is too overzealous in his attempt to win the ball from Alonso, handing a free-kick to the visitors.
37' Stones fails to get enough power on his header at the back to clear from Carvajal's cross. It falls straight to Saul on the edge of the box, but on this occasion he fires his strike straight at Pickford.
36' Both sides are looking dangerous with the ball, while both defences are looking far from secure.
34' SAVE! England almost equalise but De Gea produces a brilliant save to deny Rashford from close range. Lingard curls a delivery to the back post for his Manchester United team-mate. Rashford rises and heads at goal with power, but De Gea gets across to palm the ball past the post. A fine reaction stop.
Thiago Alcântara
Assist
Spain
32' Thiago curls his free-kick towards the near post and is rewarded as Rodrigo turns the ball into the bottom corner.
Rodrigo
Goal
Spain
32' GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! RODRIGO FIRES SPAIN INTO THE LEAD!!! 2-1!!!! La Roja are ahead as Rodrigo's movement sees him peel into space on the near post, converting Thiago's low cross into the net. England fell asleep at the set-piece as Thiago curled his cross to the near post. Rodrigo was alive to the ball and raced away from Kane, curling his effort past a stranded Pickford.
31' Trippier brings down Alonso on the left flank and Spain are awarded a free-kick.
31' Kane loses possession and it allows Spain to break down the right flank. Carvajal sends a low delivery into the middle, but Maguire on the slide makes the clearance.
30' Spain almost break through the England line, but the Three Lions have enough men back behind the ball to prevent a strike from Aspas.
28' Rodrigo breaks with menace to the edge of the England box, only to be stopped in his tracks by an inch-perfect tackle from Maguire.
27' Alli breaks with pace through the middle after being released by Gomez. However, he cannot complete his offload to Kane, striking his throughball with too much pace for his team-mate. A wasted opportunity.
25' England win a second free-kick and Trippier delivers another cross on the money. Kane makes contact 18 yards from goal, although he cannot generate the power to beat De Gea.
24' Spain make a poor decision to rush out to attempt to catch a host of England players offside. There's a miscommunication and one defender stays back. It almost allows Kane a free shot on target from Maguire's knockdown, but Saul and Carvajal recover to stop the strike.
23' Kane gets caught in the air by a rash challenge by Nacho. England are awarded a free-kick inside the Spain half, with Trippier standing over the ball.
22' Rodrigo lines up a strike from distance on his left foot, only to drag his effort harmlessly wide of the post.
20' Both teams are applying pressure on the ball high up the pitch, which is forcing both sets of defenders to be accurate with their offloads.
J. Henderson
Yellow Card
England
18' Henderson brings down Alonso on the charge and goes into the book, although there didn't appear to be a lot in the challenge.
18' Rashford's opener (assisted by Shaw) was the first England goal scored and assisted by two Manchester United players since November 2012, when Ashley Young assisted Danny Welbeck against Sweden
17' Lingard knocks Trippier's cross back to Alli on the edge of the box, only to be denied by an inch-perfect tackle from Carvajal.
15' It has been an end-to-end start to the match as both sides do not look overly convincing at the back.
Rodrigo
Assist
Spain
13' Rodrigo breaks into the right inside channel and forces the ball across the face of goal enough to tee up Saul.
Saúl
Goal
Spain
13' GOALLLLLLLLL!!!! SAUL RESPONDS IMMEDIATELY FOR SPAIN!!!! 1-1!! La Roja equalise as Saul fires an effort past Pickford from close range. Shaw was the architect for England's goal, but he makes a rash decision defensively and allows Spain to probe down the flank. Rodrigo takes over from Carvajal sending a cross into the middle. Saul makes the run, guiding an effort on the half-volley past Pickford at his near post.
L. Shaw
Assist
England
11' Shaw makes a headed clearance at the back before collecting down the left. He sends a perfect cross to the back post for Rashford to score.
M. Rashford
Goal
England
11' GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!! RASHFORD PUTS ENGLAND AHEAD!!!! 1-0!!!!! The Three Lions have the advantage as Rashford slots home his strike from close range. Shaw created the goal from start to finish. England were able to break out from the back following Shaw's clearance. He made the move down the left flank to collect Kane's pass out wide. The Manchester United left-back sends a pinpoint cross to the back post for Rashford to slide past De Gea.
10' A long ball forward from the back for La Roja almost finds the run of Rodrigo. Shaw reacts well to cover ground to head clear ahead of the forward.
9' England defend the set-piece with relative ease and come forward over the half-way line. Kane tries to thread a pass through to Rashford, but his offload is intercepted by Nacho.
8' Gomez brings down Saul on the flank, handing Spain a free-kick in a decent position on the left flank.
6' England spread the ball around the final third for Shaw, but are unable to play their way through the Spain backline, who hold firm under the first pressure of the contest.
4' Aspas tries to break behind the England backline away from Maguire's challenge, but the defender does enough to force him away from goal.
3' Ramos sends a searching ball over the top of the England backline for Thiago's run, but the midfielder is caught offside before he can shoot.
2' England apply pressure on the ball when Spain are knocking it around at the back. Ramos receives boos from the Wembley crowd when in possession.
1' We're underway at Wembley.
Kane receives his Golden Boot from the World Cup before kick-off for notching six strikes in the tournament.
England have failed to find the net in six of their last nine clashes with Spain (six goals), although the Three Lions did net twice in their last meeting in November 2016 (2-2).
England have won just three of their last 12 internationals against Spain (won three, drawn three, lost six), claiming victory only once in the most recent six encounters (won one, drawn one, lost four).
Enrique has made a couple of interesting decisions in his first team. Jordi Alba was left out of the squad completely therefore Alonso takes over at the left-back spot. Gerard Pique's retirement sees Nacho start alongside Ramos, while Saul gets the nod to start in the midfield to replace the void left by David Silva. Aspas leads the line with Rodrigo and Isco after Diego Costa was left out.
Southgate has made the decision to play Gomez ahead of Walker on the right side of England's defence. Gomez has impressed at the start of the season for Liverpool after missing the end of the last campaign and the World Cup due to injury. Shaw makes his first start for England in three years, replacing the role filled by Ashley Young in the summer. Raheem Sterling's injury has allowed Rashford to start alongside Kane in the final third.
Spain subs: Raul Albiol, Inigo Martinez, Alvaro Morata, Suso, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Rodrigo, Jose Gaya, Sergi Roberto, Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos, Pau Lopez.
SPAIN (4-3-3): David de Gea; Daniel Carvajal, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Marcos Alonso; Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Busquets, Saul Niguez; Rodrigo Moreno, Isco, Iago Aspas.
England subs: Kyle Walker, Jack Butland, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Danny Rose, James Tarkowski, Eric Dier, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fabian Delph, Danny Welbeck, Alex McCarthy, Marcus Bettinelli.
ENGLAND (3-1-4-2): Jordan Pickford, Joe Gomez, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Jordan Henderson; Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Luke Shaw; Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane.
Let's take a look at the two sides this evening, starting with the Three Lions.
Luis Enrique takes charge of Spain for the first time after replacing Fernando Hierro. La Roja endured a disappointing World Cup performance after preparations were disrupted on the eve of the tournament when Julen Lopetegui was sacked. Hierro did his best in a difficult position, although his side crashed out at the hands of Russia in the round-of-16. Enrique will want to kickstart his reign with a victory over the Three Lions to put the underwhelming summer behind Spain.
England return to action for the first time since the World Cup. Gareth Southgate's men were able to play above expectations in the tournament, reaching the semi-finals where they were beaten by Croatia. It was the Three Lions' best performance at the World Cup since 1990 and has given the team momentum to build on for their inaugural Nations League campaign.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the UEFA Nations League Group A clash between England and Spain at Wembley.
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