Barcelona, 15 November 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Sergio Ramos missed two penalties in his European record 177th cap as Spain drew 1-1 with Switzerland in Nations League Group A4 on Saturday.
On 25 minutes Switzerland took the lead when Breel Embolo crossed from the right and with a half volley Remo Freuler side-footed his finish past Unai Simon.
Ramos won the first penalty heading the ball against Ricardo Rodriguez’ arm but Yann Sommer saved at St Jakob-Park in Basel.
It was the first miss from the spot for Ramos after converting 23 straight penalties but he had two kicks saved by Yann Sommer, and got worse in the 79th after Nico Elvedi brought down Alvaro Morata and was shown a second yellow card.
Ramos’ kick into the same left corner was poor and Sommer saved easily but Spain did get the equalizer when Sergio Reguilon crossed from the left and substitute Gerard Moreno scored on 89 minutes.
The point was not enough to stop Spain surrendering top spot to Germany who beat Ukraine 3-1 and who they play in their final group game in Seville on Tuesday.
Spain will need to be better against Germany when they need victory to reach next year’s finals.
They had looked shaky at the back throughout this game and Switzerland could have doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half when Simon raced out to a loose ball but Haris Seferovic robbed him and only Ramos racing back to clear on the line prevented the goal.
It was just a minute later when Ramos had the chance to put Spain level from the penalty spot but Sommer saved.
And the captain, who moved one ahead of former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon with his 177th cap, had a second chance from the spot but missed again, this time with what looked like a failed Panenka.
Spain had started the game without a centre-forward on the pitch. But as they chased the match they had both Morata and Moreno on the pitch and it was the latter who scored with a minute left.
“We got the goal tonight but we left it too late,” Moreno said. “But if we play like this against Germany creating these chances then we will score. It’s up to us.
“On Tuesday we will see a brave Spain that wants to win. We depend on ourselves and I’m confident we will do it.”