With plenty of possession and no major problems, Spain beat the Czech Republic 2-0 in the fourth round of Group 2 of the UEFA Nations League. Today’s match (12) took place at the Benito Stadium VillamarinSevillan.
As a result, Spain are eight points behind, and Portugal are 1-0 ahead of Switzerland. The red-green team drops to second, with seven. The Czech Republic, with four, and Switzerland, with three, completed the gap.
After a low start, Fury’s pass managed to engage the opponent and manage the confrontation. Soler opened the scoring in the 23rd minute of the first half. In the second stage, the pace was slower and the one who came from the bench made the difference to extend the home team with Sarabia in the 29th minute.
Visitors are frightened at first
Spain controlled the ball throughout the match, but at the beginning of the match they were very defensive and the Czech Republic had the best chances to open the scoring.
Goalkeeper Unai Simón saved Fury at least twice. In the first, in the 17th minute, Alonso made a mistake before the ball went wide and Cerny hit the right from the middle. The second, at 19 ‘, was clearer. Kuchta’s counterattack was impressive and was only stopped by a shocking foul. Somehow, the referee’s cards remained in his pocket – a terrible decision!
Goal and control have been restored
After a period of instability, Spain scored the first goal. Coke kicks Asensio from the right, throws him back to Soler, who hits for the first time on the 23rd and opens the scoring.
The hosts cheered on the advantage as they started to arrive with more risk, especially in the next four minutes. Asensio entered the area and demanded a penalty, which the referee ignored. Shortly afterwards, Soler had more chances to pass to Asensio, but this time he was sent off.
Despite having more than 75% possession in the first half, Spain went into the break with a number of shots from the visitors: 4. Goal, Fúria scored the only goal (specifically a goal) against the Czech Republic.
After the break the intensity drops
The pace of the duel was much smoother in the early stages. The changes made and the technical superiority of Fúria, who almost tripled the possession of the ball, were the main factors for a warm match.
The exchange works
The changes made by coach Luis Enrique in the second half were specific. Gavi, entering the 13th minute, started the game from the left and shot at Olmo, who hit the ball to the right in Ferrán Torres, who came to play with Gavi. He hit hard and only three minutes ago Sarabia appeared on the second post that appeared to be the second, with 29.
Quiet game for refereeing
Without any contact, judge Cuneyt Çakir let the ball run and had the help of the players to have a game without much trouble. Only 18 fouls were recorded and only one ticket was shown to 32 in the second stage Carvajal.
The two teams will only return to the field on the next FIFA date, the week of September 24-31, when the final two rounds of the group stage take place.
Spain will host Switzerland and close out away games against Portugal. The Czech Republic takes the opposite path: after receiving the Portuguese, it goes to Switzerland.
SPAIN 2 x 0 CZECH REPUBLIC
Competition: UEFA Nations League – Day 4 of Group 2
Date: Sunday, June 12, 2022
Hour: 15:45 (from Brazil)
Place: Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville (ESP)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
assistants: Bahattin Duran (TUR) and Tarik Ongun (TUR)
VAR: Abdulkadir Bitgen (TUR)
goals: Soler, 23 ‘/ 1. and Sarabia, 29 ‘/ 2. (ESP)
Yellow cards: Carvajal (ESP)
SPAIN: Unai Simon; Carvajal, Eric Garcia, Iñigo Martínez and Alonso (Alba); Rodri, Soler (Gavi) and Koke (Busquets); Asensio (Sarabia), Dani Olmo and Morata (Ferrán Torres). Technician: Luis Enrique.
CZECH REPUBLIC: mandoa; Zima, Brabec, and Jemelka; Coufal, Sadílek (Král), Sou? Ek and Zelený (Kalvach) and? Erný (Hlozek); Kuchta (Jurecka) and Peek (keyboard). Technician: Jaroslav Silhavy.