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Spain breaks loose in Tiphilis

Spain breaks loose in Tiphilis.

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Spain breaks loose in Tiphilis

Spain breaks loose in Tiphilis

The Spanish team defeats Georgia (1-7) in an excellent match and for the memory of Lamine Yamal, scorer in his historic debut


The Spanish soccer team solved its visit to Georgia this Friday more easily than expected, which it defeated 1-7 to add three important points in its qualifying group for the 2024 Euro Cup, in a match that led to the first half and to remember the young Lamine Yamal, the youngest international to debut and also to score for the 'Red'.

When a complex night was expected in Tifilis, a place always difficult in the Absoluta's history, she solved it with a punch on the table that should help her consolidate the stage with Luis de la Fuente. She did not suffer like in her two previous visits to Boris Paichadze after a complete match, closed at half-time (0-4) and with Álvaro Morata as the leading man with three goals.

The Rioja coach opted for an apparent 4-3-3, with Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio, the negative note with their physical problems, as wingers, but which mutated more towards the 4-2-3-1, with Gavi again more as a midfielder and as the spearhead of pressure, and with Fabián Ruiz alongside Rodri Hernández, although quite freed to drop into offensive positions.

And so the champion of the League of Nations did a lot of damage to a Georgia that, although it did not want to impudently lock itself in, barely had the ball, so it could barely connect with its greatest hope, a Kvaratskhelia that, although when it caught the ball it raised the mood of the stands, could not generate much.

On the other hand, Spain did, looser on the offensive level than in other matches from the beginning when Asensio ran into Mamardashvili and Olmo, in a good position, shot over the crossbar. The visitors pressed well and took control quickly and rewarded their dominance with a goal that settled them even more and ended up unleashing it. Asensio drew a great cross from the right and Morata headed it even better.

Georgia continued without being able to deploy and before assimilating the disadvantage, they found themselves 0-2, after Kverkvelia deflected into the net a center from Fabián Ruiz, who was always dangerous in the rival area. With Wlly Sagnol's men 'touched', Mamardashvili tried to stop the injury with two good interventions against the PSG midfielder and Asensio, but he could not do anything against the 0-3 of Dani Olmo, who was injured in that action, and the 0-4, a gift from Fabián Ruiz to Morata.

Everything was joy on the Spanish side, which probably even enjoyed the historic debut of Lamine Yamal earlier than expected at 16 years and 57 days old, but caused by the problems of Asensio, who left the field along with Dani Olmo, replaced by Nico Williams , in the worst news of a first 45 minutes round for the first time in a long time.

However, perhaps due to the comfort of the result and the expected reaction of the Georgian team, where Sagnol made three substitutions, the Spanish team did not come out as in tune under the insistent rain at the Dinamo Arena. And the water could have played tricks on Unai Simón, who did not adequately block a not-too-strong shot from Chakvetadze, who picked up a not-too-fine clearance from Robin Le Normand.

The goal encouraged the locals and the public, while Spain had a hard time regaining control of the match and generating the chances they had more easily in the first act, also with a less weak opponent, and who still did not risk too much. despite the disadvantage.

Luis de la Fuente reinforced the midfield with the entry of Mikel Merino for Gavi and his team regained control of the match. Le Normand had a good chance with a header before he unleashed another storm beyond the one in Tifilis to complete his rout.

Georgia returned to its weakness at the back and Morata completed his hat-trick, Nico Williams was able to make his official debut (he scored in the friendly against Jordan that did not count towards the record) as a scorer with the 'Red' after a good individual action, and so did a Lamine Yamal who was not appearing much, but who did not waste his to spice up his debut and be the youngest to score in an international match in 117 years.

With the match over, Martín Zubimendi also had the opportunity to make his debut with the Absolute team and Mamardashvili frustrated Joselu so that the score did not become even larger. On Tuesday, Spain will look for three more points against Cyprus at the Nuevo Los Cármenes in Granada.

--RESULT: GEORGIA, 1 - SPAIN, 7 (0-4, at halftime).

GEORGIA: Mamardashvili; Gocholeishvili (Sazonov, min.77), Kverkvelia, Kashia, Azarov (Dvali, min.60); Gagnidze (Chakvetadze, min.46), Lobjanidze (Davitashvili, min.46), Aburjania (Mekvabishvili, min.46), Kiteishvili; Kvaratskhelia and Mikoutadze.

SPAIN: Unai Simón; Carvajal, Le Normand, Laporte, Gayà; Rodri (Zubimendi, min.72), Ruiz; Asensio (Yamal, min.44), Gavi (Merino, min.58), Olmo (Williams, min.44); and Morata (Joselu, min.72).

0-1, minute 22. Morata.

0-2, minute 28. Kverkvelia own goal.

0-3, minute 38. Dani Olmo.

0-4, minute 40. Morata.

1-4, minute 49. Chakvetadze.

1-5, minute 66. Morata.

1-6, minute 68. Williams.

1-7, minute 74. Yamal.

--REFEREE: Daniel Siebert (ALE). He warned Aburjani (min.45 2), Kashia (min.50), Kiteishvili (min.60), Chakvetadze (min.63) and Kvaratskhelia (min.83), for Georgia, and Gavi (min.45 1) and Zubimendi (min.79), by Spain.

--ESTADIO: Boris Paichadze.