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Spain fulfills its bitterest victory

bitter victory of Spain at the close of the qualifying phase for the German Euro 2024. Luis de la Fuente’s men have achieved their objective against Georgia at the José Zorrilla in Valladolid (3-1), but the clash will always be marked by the Gavi’s serious injury. The Barcelona player was injured after 20 minutes and, according to the first examinations carried out by the national team’s doctors, he suffers a “serious injury to his right knee.” It looks bad for the Andalusian, who could have torn his cruciate ligament. In that case, the period of absence would be between six and eight months, with which Gavi would have said goodbye to the season with FC Barcelona and even the possibility of playing in the Euro next year on German soil.

Luis de la Fuente revolutionized the Spanish eleven, with nine different players compared to the previous match against Cyprus (1-3). Only Le Normand and Gavi remained.whom the Riojan coach himself defines as a “hyperactive” player and who is now going to be out of action for a long time, because of this nonsense of the national team break.

Spain did not take long to open the scoring, after 3 minutes with a header from Le Normand, at the far post, after the free kick. Ferran Torres, the best player of the night. Everything pointed to a party for the locals in a José Zorrilla stadium that was always a talisman, but the truth is that the Spanish team was almost never comfortable on the pitch, especially in a very poor first half.

Only six minutes later the tie came: Chakvetadze took advantage of a defensive mistake by the Spanish team to serve a ball to Kvaratskhelia. The Naples star did not forgive, finishing perfectly against Unai Simón to sign a surprising draw.

After 20 minutes, Gavi’s injury occurred: the Barcelona player had suffered a hard tackle and, although he recovered, shortly afterward he had poor support and put his hand on his right knee with obvious gestures of pain and unable to hold back his tears. Oihan Sancet took his place.

Spain had clearly gone downhill and, after a few minutes of anxiety, took the lead again. Moratain the 32nd minute, could have tipped the balance, but his shot, first off Ferran’s center from the right, was deflected a Mamardashvili who also had to work hard to deflect a shot from Fabián Ruiz in a direct free kick. Luis de la Fuente’s team dominated more and had more possession of the ball, but it wasn’t like they had too many chances, so at half-time it was 1-1.

Spain came out in a dominant style after passing through the locker room and Rodri had the first chance for the hosts in the second half, although his shot from the edge of the area barely had any power, with no problems for Mamardashvili. He tried again Rodri with a great header that was cleared by the Valencia goalkeeper.

The Spanish team continued searching for the goal and, so much was the pitcher to the source that in the end the reward would come: it was a good play on the left wing by Gayá, whose center was headed home Ferran Torres to make the light go up 2-1. A goal with a special dedication for Gavi, Foios’s being aware of the seriousness of the injury of his teammate both in the Spanish team and in Barça.

De la Fuente took Ferran, the best of the night, off the field to introduce Lamine Yamal: the player of North African origin moved to the right wing, so Nico Williams It returned to its natural position on the left side. Control remained with Spain and that pressure to score more goals and close the match resulted in a failure in Lochoshvili’s clearance, which confused his goalkeeper: he changed the trajectory of the ball and it ended up in the back of the Georgian net .

3-1, everything seen for sentence in Zorrilla. Spain went for the fourth goal while on the bench they were waiting for the news that might arrive about Gavi. A victory that allows De la Fuente’s team to fulfill the objective of scoring points against Georgia to be first in the group – a draw was worth it – in a bitter night for this possible rupture of the cruciate ligament of one of the pillars of Barça and the national team.

Data sheet

Spain, 3: Unai Simón; Carvajal, Iñigo Martínez, Le Normand, Gayá; Rodri (Zubimendi, m.85), Gavi (Sancet, m.26), Fabián, Ferrán Torres (Yamal, m.65); Nico Williams (Riquelme, m.85), Morata
Georgia, 1: Mamardashvili; Kakabazde (Mamuchashvili, m.89), Kverkvelia, Kashia, Lochoshvili, Azarov (Gocholeishvili, m.77); Chakvetadze (Altunashvili, d.89), Kvekveskiri (Mekvabishvili, d.59), Kochorashvili; Mikautadze (Davitasvhvili, m.59), Kvaratskhelia

Goals: 1-0, m.4: Le Normand; 1-1, m.9: Kvaratskhelia; 2-1, m.55: Ferran Torres; 3-1, m.72: Lochoshvili, own goal
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (Romania). He showed yellow card to Rodri (m.56) and Iñigo Martínez (m.93), from Spain; and Kvaratskhelia (m.75) and Kashia (m.82), from Georgia
Incidents: Match corresponding to the tenth day of the qualifying phase for the German Euro 2024, played at the José Zorrilla stadium in front of 24,146 spectators.

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