Spain passes over Germany

“Better that only be worth winning because that way we cannot speculate.” Premonitory sentence of Luis Enrique in the previous of a fantastic duel in which Spain recovered all the goal that had been denied to him, found great certainties thinking about the Eurocup and went over an erratic Germany with a historic win, always unimaginable and more in a duel in which the pass to the ‘Final Four’ of the Nations League was at stake. The determination, exquisite football and devastating efficiency of La Roja contrasted with a behavior that was even unheard of in the ‘Mannschaft’ that could even cost the highly disputed Joaquim Löw his job, desolate and with no reaction capacity.

Perhaps the Teutons were confident that two results would serve them, that they were presented in Seville after twelve games without losing and that they had been scoring at least one goal for 20 consecutive games, and they allowed a Spanish team that has players with refined technique to score with unusual ease. They play until you get bored or despair. It hooks and excites Spain again, although in this hyperbolic country they go from pessimism to being world champions in a night of euphoria.


Unai Simón, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Ramos (Eric García, min. 43), Pau Torres, Gayà, Rodri, Koke, Canales (Fabián, min. 12), Ferran (Oyarzabal, min. 73), Morata (Gerard Moreno, min 73) and Dani Olmo (Marco Asensio, min. 73).


Neuer, Ginter, Süle (Tah, min. 46), Koch, Max, Goretzka (Neuhaus, min. 61), Kroos, Gundogan, Sané (Waldschmidt, in. 61) Gnabry y Werner (Henrichs, min. 76).


1-0: min. 17, Morata. 2-0: min. 33, Ferran. 3-0: min. 38, Rodri. 4-0: min. 55, Ferran. 5-0: in. 72, Ferran. 6-0: min. 88, Oyarzabal.


Andreas Ekberg (Sweden): Yellow showed Koch and Tah.


Match of the sixth and last day of group 4 of the League of Nations played behind closed doors in La Cartuja.

You have to be calm, but this team looks very good in which Ferrán Torres, author of a hat trick you can never forget. He grew up at Valencia with Marcelino and is on his way to the top with Pep Guardiola at City. Overflows, associates, alternates the game in short and long and has a goal. Last night, he brought out the colors to Max, a PSV midfielder.

In this search process undertaken by Luis Enrique, the coach completely changed the center of the field in his most important match of this second stage. Symptomatic because he always boasts that it is the key area and insists that Spain has the best midfielders in the world. In the absence of Busquets due to injury, Rodrigo Hernández entered, whose mere presence on the field is impressive, seconded by Koke and Canales.

Full success of the Gijón coach because the mattress has experience, trade, good touch and excellent tactical reading. It is not the fastest, nor the most arriving, nor the most forceful, but it does everything. The Betic was injured very soon and Fabián entered, key in those corner kicks that preluded the goals of Morata and Rodri. Spanish success in the strategy and horrible defense of the Germans, in an almost contemplative plan. They only needed to applaud, as in that great goal by Puyol in the semifinals of the World Cup in South Africa.

Morata, real battering ram

How to rectify is wise, Luis Enrique was also smart to stop experimenting with nine liars and opt for Morata, in an optimal state at Juventus. The Madrid native took out the manual of what the center forward should be and claimed for the Eurocup. He held the ball on his back, turned, unloaded, opened the wing, unchecked, finished in any position and, in addition, opened the way of the win by scoring his first goal for the national team in a year. It is no coincidence that great teams and champion teams have almost always enjoyed a classic battering ram that you hit even a melon and get at least one foul in favor. They canceled the second to Morata for an offside that did not seem like it after a model combination.

Luis Enrique: «They are the nights when everything comes out»

Also phenomenal was the versatility of Dani Olmo and special mention for Ferrán, brilliant on that highway that he found on the right side. It struck over and over again as in that action of the goal disallowed for Morata, scored three and arranged before several times, like one that Neuer took him in hand-to-hand. He signed the second at a key moment, when the worst Germany in defense in memory doubted whether to keep waiting or start pressing from his attack. Ferran took advantage of a rejection of the crossbar after a header from the omnipresent Dani Olmo, to whom Koke put it on film. Rodri’s header from another corner kick would still arrive before the break. The Germans haven’t conceded three goals in the first act since 1958.

With everything on track, it was a shame Sergio Ramos’ muscle injury, the second of the night along with Canales. Spain sufficiently controlled the situation in the second half against a depressed and depressing Germany. Ferrán completed his great night with the fourth and fifth, and even Oyarzabal came out in time to fasten the blank set. Spain crushed Germany.


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