The Selection of Spain added his first defeat in the qualifying phase for the Eurocup Germany 2024 after losing 2-0 against Scotlandduel held this Tuesday in Hampden Park, where it shone Scott McTominayauthor of a double.
FULL TIME: Scotland 2-0 Spain.
A HUGE performance from Steve Clarke’s team 💪
—Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) March 28, 2023
The Iberian team, under the command of Louis de la Fuente, could not allay some of the doubts that he left last Saturday in his victory against Norway. Except for a small section of the first half, almost always played more to the taste of his rival, who also had the forcefulness in the area of Kepa Arrizabalaga, personified in a Scott McTominaytwice in the exact place at minute 7 and 51, to execute the Spanish and stay with the leadership of Group A by reaching 6 points.
It was not the best night of the ‘Red’ in Hampden Park, where almost always collided with the local defensive orderespecially after the 2-0, and where things quickly turned uphill. From the source completely renewed its eleven and only Kepa, Rodri and Mikel Merino They survived from the team that came out in the debut, but his plan soon suffered its first setback and his changes this time were not effective.
Pedro Porro slipped down andy robertsonwho had the free ball left to find in the area McTominay that, after touching the ball in inigo martinez and unbalancing his goalkeeper, made it 1-0. The advantage allowed the locals to give up the initiative a little more to the ‘Red’, who had a hard time getting the pulse of the clash before the approach of Steve Clarke
Almost 20 minutes it took the Spanish team to test Gunnwith a header Joselu too focused, though before Scotland had had a good backlash with Christie to have increased his advantage. Clearer was the second from the Espanyol striker, who headed a good shot off the crossbar Merino, a warning to the Scots that they had to watch for other avenues of danger.
These two occasions strengthened the Iberian team that, despite seeing affected by the state of the lawn, His dominance increased and he continued to carry the danger curiously from above, traditionally one of the hallmarks of British football. Rodri He also warned like this after a corner, while soon after Gunn was not surprised with a shot from outside the box Pedro Porro.
Scotland was not intimidated and he did not hesitate to press the ball out again to shake off this domain, with david garcia making a good crossing to avoid a new scare. The final stretch of the first half was once again played to what the British team wanted, who had another great chance with dykes surpassing in a long ball to David Garcia, but without being able to adjust his shot in his one-on-one against Kepa.
From the source He moved the bench after the break, putting at one end as Nico Williams for an ill-advised Mikel Oyarzabal already Daniel Carvajal as a new right back. However, that side came again 2-0, with a Tierney’s powerful boarding school who easily beat the madridista and again McTominay appearing in the box, this time to pick up his teammate’s cross clearance and send it into the net.
Spain was left on the edge of the precipice and the coach didn’t take long to score more goals with Iago Aspasalmost coinciding with a shot to the crossbar in a heeled free kick from McGinn. The Spanish team was able to get into the match straight away, but Pino and Aspas did not understand each other inside the box and then the Moaña finished off another good chance over the crossbar.
Borja Iglesias was the next resource to try to get the most out of it with the clock running against him, but the final stretch, despite the harassment, was pretty quiet for Gunn’s goal.
Spain could not avoid its first blur for his new project, whose next opportunity will be already in June at the ‘Final Four’ of the League of Nations and against a bigger rival like Italy.
Qualifying Euro Germany 2024
Scotland 2-0 Spain
Stadium: Hampden Park
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
1-0 (7′).- Scott McTominay
2-0 (51 ‘).- Scott McTominay
DT: Steve Clarke
(Borja Iglesias, 66′)
DT: Luis de la Fuente Castillo
(With information from Europe Press)