Sevilla is the place where Spain received a visit from the Germany National Team in the Nations League’s player ratings.
Spain had a tremendous test against Germany in Seville this evening that would decide who was going to the Nations League’s Final Four. Luis Enrique had been heavily criticized for his strange tactical approach to several matches but he couldn’t mess around tonight.
‘La Roja’ got a very important visit from the Germans in a game that felt more like a final than a simple Nations League match. During the first half, both Sergio Canales and Sergio Ramos fell victim to the FIFA virus as they both got injured. Fabian Ruiz took Canales’ place and he made a positive impression on the game immediately.
We previously told you about Luis Enrique’s ‘False 9’ experiment and today was perfect to test this formation. Things started well after Morata’s early opener with a header after a corner kick. But Torres began his amazing journey with a wonderful volley from inside the box. Not long after that, Rodri scored Spain’s third before the 40th minute of the game. Things didn’t look too promising for a ghastly Germany.
Torres nets a hat-trick.
Just as Pep Guardiola predicted, Ferran Torres officially became a ‘False 9’ who will have to start more regularly for both his club and his country. Both Gaya and Fabian Ruiz were key providers throughout the 90 minutes of the game with two assists each. Torres got one from each of them. During the fourth goal, he finished a quick-paced collective effort that Spain started from their own pitch.
Germany didn’t even have time to respond due to how fast the Spanish initiative was. After sealing his performance with a hat-trick, Torres left his spot to the man who scored the sixth and final goal. Mikel Oyarzabal rounded up Spain’s performance that gives them a direct spot in the final four. What a night for Luis Enrique and his boys.
Spain: Simon (7), Ramos (6), Roberto (8), Gaya (8), P. Torres (8), Canales (6), Koke (8), Olmo (8), Rodri (8), Morata (9), F. Torres (10).
Bench: Ruiz (9), Garcia (7), Oyarzabal (7), Moreno (6), Asensio (7).
Germany: Neuer (6), Rudiger (5), Sule (5), Ginter (4), Max (5), Koch (5), Gundogan (6), Goretzka (6), Gnabry (5), Sane (5), Werner (6).
Bench: Tah (6), Waldschmidt (5), Neuhaus (5), Henrichs (.
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