In a fitting conclusion to their journey in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, the Spanish national team secured a well-deserved victory against Georgia (3-1) on Sunday in the tenth and final round. This win solidifies Spain’s claim to the top spot in Group One.
🏟️ Thrilling Match at José Zorrilla Stadium
The match, held at José Zorrilla Stadium in Valladolid, witnessed an intense first half, ending in a 1-1 draw. Spain, eager to find their way to the Georgian goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili’s net, saw defender Robin Le Normand score the opening goal with a header after just 5 minutes.
⚽🔁 Swift Response from Georgia
Georgia quickly responded with an equalizer in the 10th minute. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, a star player, capitalized on a pass from Georgi Shengelia, outsmarted goalkeeper Unai Simón and placed the ball into the right corner.
🌟 Ferran Torres and Own Goal Seal the Victory
Spain regained the lead in the 55th minute with a header from Ferran Torres. The victory was further assured with an own goal by Luka Lochoshvili in the 72nd minute, inadvertently diverting a cross from Spain’s Lamin Yama into his own net.
🥇 Spain Clinches Top Position
With this victory, Spain concludes their successful journey in the qualifiers, finishing at the top of Group One with 21 points. Georgia, after being defeated comprehensively in the away match (1-7), ended the qualifiers in fourth place with 8 points.
🔍 Match Highlights and Injury Concerns
The game kicked off with Spain applying pressure, and in the 4th minute, Ferran Torres executed a free-kick that found the net, thanks to Robin Le Normand’s header. However, Georgia swiftly equalized with a direct shot from Kvaratskhelia in the 10th minute.
🚑 Injury to Gavi and Strategic Substitution
Gavi sustained a knee injury in the 24th minute, leaving the field in tears. Spain’s coach, Luis de la Fuente, decided to bring on Sancet as a replacement.
👏 mamardashvili’s Heroics and Half-time Equality
Georgia’s goalkeeper, Mamardashvili, showcased brilliance by stopping a powerful shot from Álvaro Morata. The first half ended with a 1-1 draw.
🔝 Spain Dominates Second Half
Ferran Torres secured Spain’s lead with a goal in the 55th minute. The third goal came in the 72nd minute when Lochoshvili scored an own goal, inadvertently deflecting Yama’s cross into the net.
⏱️ Closing Moments and Group Standings
Spain dominated the remaining minutes, achieving their goal of securing the top spot in the group. In the same group, Scotland settled for a 3-3 draw against Norway in a match held in Glasgow, securing the second position with 17 points. Norway finished third with 10 points.
🌍 Euro 2024 Bound: Spain’s Successful Qualification
In this edition of the Euro 2024 qualifiers, Spain and Scotland have already secured their places in the final tournament. Spain now looks forward to Euro 2024, aiming to carry their qualifying success into the main event.
🏆 Spain Euro 2024 Qualification 🏆
To sum up, Spain’s decisive victory against Georgia not only solidified their top position in Group One but also showcased their resilience and strategic prowess. With their qualification assured, Spain eagerly anticipates the challenges and triumphs that Euro 2024 will bring.