Sergio Ramos emerged as the most capped male European player after the 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The Real Madrid and Spain captain won his 177th cap for Spain. It took him past Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Buffon held the record until last night.
On the other hand, Ramos had a game to forget against the Swiss. The 34-year failed in his penalty duties, unlike him. He has scored in the last 25 penalties he took for his country and club. In this match, he played two and lost them. Yann Sommer guessed right to save the first and stood his ground to catch the second. Ramos tried an audacious chip for the second and failed to beat the goalkeeper.
When asked to comment on the penalty loss, Luis Enrique insisted that if there was a third penalty, Ramos would have taken it. The Spanish coach eulogized his defender on his consistency when taking penalties. Although the two spot-kicks came when Spain was a goal down, the Spanish team eventually equalized. Gerard Moreno equalized in the 89th minute, converting Reguillon’s cross.
Spain must now beat Germany to reach the Nations League final next year. While Switzerland starred relegation to League B, had they lost against Spain. Switzerland is yet to win a game in almost a year, drawing most of its competitive and friendly games alike.
Meanwhile, Ramos will have the opportunity of extending his record cap for Spain when they meet Germany in Seville on Tuesday, 17th November 2020. The outcome of the game will determine who is going through to the Euro nations league tournament in 2020. Germany is currently sitting atop the Group D table with 9 points. They will only need a draw to make it to the finals while Spain needs an outright victory.
Most of the group games of the nation’s League concludes this International window. Either Spain or Germany will qualify from Group D.