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Barcelona youngster breaks Spain record in goalbuster stalemate

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While Spain’s wait for a first Nations League win continued at the weekend, history was still made.

Barcelona midfielder Gavi became Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer during Sunday’s 2-2 draw against the Czech Republic.

Aged 17 years and 304 days old, Gavi stamped his name into the history books with a strike just before the break at Prague to cancel out Jakub Pesek’s opening goal for the Czech Republic.

The teenager’s effort put Spain back on level terms and saw him surpass Barcelona teammate Ansu Fati as the national team’s youngest goalscorer by a mere seven days.

‘Gavi is a complete player’

Speaking to reporters in a post-match press conference after the final whistle, Spain manager Luis Enrique raved about Gavi.

“Gavi doesn’t surprise me. People only see what he does without the ball in defense. But with the ball, he is even better,” Enrique said.

“He will continue to score goals. The best thing about Gavi is that he is a complete player, defensively and offensively, with grit and technical quality.”

Despite Jan Kuchta restoring the Czech Republic’s lead in the second half, a last-minute Inigo Martinez strike rescued Spain a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Enrique’s side now sit in third place in Group A2 of the UEFA Nations League with two points from as many games. They lie a further two points behind joint-leaders Portugal and the Czech Republic in the standings.

Spain return to action on Thursday away to Switzerland in another Nations League match.