Football: Spain End tough year with win over Bosnia

Spain returned to winning ways after two straight defeats by overcoming Bosnia & Herzegovina 1-0 in a stale international friendly on Sunday as midfielder Brais Mendez came off the bench to score on his debut for the national team.
Spain had learnt several hours before kickoff that they had missed out on reaching the semifinals of the UEFA Nations League due to England beating Croatia 2-1 in London.
They seemed affected by the news as they played with little spark or imagination until Mendez tapped in form close range to settle the game. Having lost 3-2 away to Croatia on Thursday and to England by the leave their own hands, coach Luis  Enrique used the occasion to give a chance to his second string players.

Riyad Mahrez scored two stunning goals as former winners Algeria qualified for next year’s African Nations Cup finals on Sunday, with Guinea, Mauritania and the Ivory Coast also sealing their places. Mahrez struck twice in the opening half hour as Algeria sped into a three-goal lead away against Togo before eventually winning 4-1.




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