Spain put all the criticism and the pressure to rest on Tuesday after routing four-time World Cup champion Germany 6-0.
Nations League: Germany held for a draw by Switzerland as pressure mounts on Joachim Loew; Ukraine stuns Spain
Germany have drawn four of their last five games — surrendering the lead on three occasions— to leave them second in their Nations League group behind Spain.
UEFA Nations League: Mikel Oyarzabal's strike helps Spain edge Switzerland; Germany scrape past Ukraine
At the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid, usually home of Real Madrid's second string side, Real Sociedad striker Oyarzabal struck in the 14th minute.
UEFA Nations League: International football returns after lengthy absence with Germany vs Spain clash
Six rounds of Nations League matches will take place in total between September and November, with the top four nations coming together for the finals.
Spain coach Luis Enrique says playing matches without spectators is sadder than dancing with your sister
Spain coach Luis Enrique is no fan of playing matches without spectators as leagues begin to return in empty stadiums after being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
LaLiga: Zinedine Zidane promises to support Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos if he decides to represent Spain at Tokyo Olympics
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said he will back his captain Sergio Ramos if he decides to represent Spain at the Olympic Games later this year, after the defender was chosen in the preliminary squad for the tournament.
Robert Moreno 'was disloyal' for not wanting to step down from Spain job until Euro 2020, says Luis Enrique
Moreno was promoted from assistant coach to take charge of Spain in June when Luis Enrique left to be with his ill 9-year-old daughter
Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Spain round off excellent campaign with 5-0 dismantling of Romania; Italy romp to massive 9-1 win over Armenia
Fabian Ruiz put Spain in front after eight minutes while forward Gerard Moreno struck twice and then forced an own goal from Romania’s Adrian Rus before the break, with Mikel Oyarzabal hitting the fifth in second-half stoppage time
Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Italy seal berth in showpiece tournament with win over Greece; Joshua King rescues Norway with draw against Spain
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho dispatched a second-half penalty as Italy, wearing green kits for just the second time in history, registered a seventh straight win in Group J.
Sergio Ramos is only nine matches short of the European record for international appearances held by Gianluigi Buffon and 17 shy of the world record set by Egypt's Ahmed Hassan.
Ex-Spain and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique writes emotional note after his nine-year-old daughter dies of bone cancer
Luis Enrique resigned as national coach in June 'due to the reasons which had prevented me from fulfilling my duties as normal since last March' he said at the time.
Luis Enrique steps down as Spain manager due to 'serious personal reasons'; assistant Roberto Moreno to take over
Luis Enrique to be replaced by Roberto Moreno who was part of his coaching staff at Celta Vigo, AS Roma and FC Barcelona.
Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla caps off remarkable comeback from injury by making Spain squad
Told he was lucky to walk again and could have lost his leg, Cazorla chose not to retire, instead moving to Villarreal from Arsenal last year and starting an incredible recovery
Iker Casillas leaves hospital unaided despite being admitted after suffering a heart attack, says footballing future uncertain
Veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas has 167 Spain caps, winning the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships, and also played over 700 games for Real Madrid.
Lopetegui had a roller-coaster of a year in 2018, where he was not only sacked by Spain days before the World Cup for announcing his move to Real Madrid but was also subsequently fired by the La Liga club three months into the season for poor results
Luis Enrique's Spain side were drawn in Group F on Sunday with World Cup quarter-finalists Sweden, as well as Norway, Romania, the Faroe Islands and Malta.
UEFA Nations League: Croatia bolstered by return of home fans ahead of difficult fixture against Spain, says captain Luke Modric
Just two months after reaching the World Cup final, where they were beaten 4-2 by France, Croatia were hammered 6-0 by a resurgent Spain in their opening fixture.
UEFA Nations League: English players hampered by lack of recovery time after World Cup, says Gareth Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate has stated that the Premier League's decision to start shortly after the World Cup has put a lot of exertion on players, making their recovery more difficult.
UEFA Nations League: Paco Alcacer's second-chance helps Spanish striker realise potential after torrid two years
Paco Alcacer has been a bit of a revelation for both Borussia Dortmund and to a lesser extent Spain, and has ably filled the boots of the injured Diego Costa in the UEFA Nations League.
UEFA Nations League: England defender Kieran Trippier says team must not panic after defeat to Spain
Kieran Trippier says there is no reason for alarm after England slipped to their third consecutive defeat in their Nations League opener against Spain.