La Cartuja in Seville was the place where Spain got a visit from Slovakia at the Euro 2020. We have tonight’s player ratings.
The Spain National Team had Slovakia to defeat today in order to find an ideal spot in the Euro 2020’s next round. Throughout the tournament, they only managed to get two consecutive draws that prevented them from showing their dominant side. In terms of stats, Spain leads every category inside their group but they were lacking the goals. All of that changed today with Luis Enrique’s decision to change things up inside the starting eleven. With Sergio Busquets recovered from Covid-19, he got his spot back in the squad.
Gerard Moreno also played from the start next to Alvaro Morata. Plus, Pedri finally was given the space he wanted to maneuver. Despite not getting any rest this season, the youngster still managed to become one of Spain’s most important players in the tournament so far. Today, he was involved in three out of the five goals Spain scored today. Even though it took them a while to get started, an own goal from Slovakia helped them get that confidence back.
Pedri and Busquets lead a historic afternoon.
After Slovakia’s own goal and Laporte’s contribution before the break, everything changed for Spain. Pedri was the man who led Spain through his quality and Sergio Busquets made sure he was always free to maneuver freely. Pablo Sarabia scored the third goal after a brilliant pass from the Barcelona youngster. Right after coming on the pitch for Morata, Ferran Torres scored a beautiful backheel goal after another incredible pass from Pedri.
Minutes later, Pau Torres also scored a goal on the first ball he touched for Spain’s fifth goal. This is the first time the Spanish side scores five goals in a game during the European Championship. Despite scoring two goals against Sweden today, Robert Lewandowski couldn’t prevent Poland from losing 3-2 against a surprising Swedish side. With these results, Spain will meet Croatia in the next round and Sweden will play against Belgium.
Slovakia: Dubravka (5), Hubocan (5), Pekarik (4), Satka (5), Skriniar (5), Hamsik (4), Kucka (5), Mak (5), Duda (5), Haraslin (5), Hromada (5).
Bench: Duris (5), Lobotka (5), Suslov (5), Weiss (5).
Spain: Simon (7), Azpilicueta (7), Jordi Alba (7), Laporte (7), Garcia (7), Sarabia (7), Koke (7), Busquets (9), Morata (6), Moreno (7), Pedri (8).
Bench: F. Torres (8), P. Torres (7), Thiago (7), Adama (6), Azpilicueta (6).
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