Gerard Pique popped up with a crucial winner when it mattered as the Barcelona defender saved his side’s blushes with an 87th-minute goal.

Spain struggled to find a way past a resolute Czech Republic defence and Petr Cech until three minutes to go. 

Alvaro Morata, Jordi Alba and David Silva had earlier efforts saved as the holders lacked a cutting edge.

Spain had also survived a scare when Cesc Fabregas hooked a Theodor Gebre Selassie header off the goalline.