La Rojita suffers against Slovakia but is approaching the European Championship


The The Spanish under-21 team suffered until the last moment to beat Slovakia 3-2 in a match in which he was always in tow and which he turned around in the final stretch with two penalty goals. Despite this, the three points leave a full of three wins in the locker of the Spanish team, which continues with a firm step towards the European.

La Rojita faced this match already knowing the results of the other two in group C, in which Russia had won 1-0 over Northern Ireland and Lithuania over Malta (2-1). Those of Luis de la Fuente, with a full of triumphs in their first two games of this phase, after beating Russia (4-1) in the debut and then Lithuania (0-2), sought to remain strong at the head of the qualification awaiting the match that next Tuesday, in this same scenario, will measure them against Northern Ireland on the fourth day.

Without Bryan Gil and Yeremy Pino, called by Luis Enrique for the absolute, and neither with the injured Ander Barrenetxea, the Riojan coach gave the opportunity to the player of the Athletic club Nico Williams and al Betic Rodri Sánchez. Rodri and his teammate Juan Miranda, Olympic silver in Tokyo 2020 and fixed on the left side of the sub-21, they played in Seville as hosts of their teammates from the ‘Rojita’ against a rival who arrived in the Andalusian capital with three points thanks to their triumph against Lithuania (3-1) and the defeat against Northern Ireland (1-0).

From the beginning Spain took command and eight minutes later the Portuguese Sporting de Braga striker Abel Ruiz already had a good chance and shortly after the midfielder of the Real society Beñat Turrientes another against goalkeeper Iván Krajcirik.

The total dominance of Spain at the start, against an opponent who had tried little in attack, perhaps it led to some lack of tension and a defensive oversight made Jan Bernat, after an assist from Adam Goljan, stay alone against Julen Aguirrezabala and put the surprising 0-1 to the nineteen minutes. It seemed like an accident, although the Slovak team gained confidence and showed solidarity in defense work against the rival’s desire to draw the game again soon.

The Belgian Anderlecht player Sergio Gómez had a good chance to get it shortly before the break in a few minutes of spanish siege It didn’t pay off in the first part.

De la Fuente brought in from the start of the second half the Mallorcan player Fer Niño and the Italian Lazio player Raúl Moro to give another drawing to the attack game, although again Slovakia, as in the first half, was close to scoring in a direct free kick by Jakub Kadak. Was the Valencianist Hugo Guillamón who returned the tables to the scoreboard with just over half an hour ahead, although the alleged comeback was passed to a new Slovak goal, the work of Filip Lichy the minute he entered the field to replace the other visiting goal scorer, Bernat.

Again against the current Spain and again achieved the tie, with a penalty converted by Sergio Gómez after a foul committed by the Slovakian goalkeeper to Fer Niño. Very shortly after, the play was repeated in the visiting area and the maximum penalty went to Raúl Moro and was marked by Juan Miranda, with which a suffered comeback was culminated.

Sergio Gómez, on the floor. EP


Data sheet

3 – Spain: Agirrezabala; Víctor Gómez, Alejandro Francés (Nico González, m.64), Hugo Guillamón, Juan Miranda; Rodri Sánchez (Fernando Niño, m.46), Unai Vencedor (Víctor Chust, m.64), Beñat Turrientes (Nico Ribaudo, m.74); Nico Williams (Raúl Moro, m.46), Abel Ruiz and Sergio Gómez.

2 – Slovakia: Krajcirik; Kovacik, Kosa, Nemick, Mesik; Lavrincik (Svidersky, m.60), Pokorny, Bernat (Lichy, m.70); Kapralik (Kmet, m.70), Kadak (Trusa, m.62) and Goljan (Galcik, m.62).

Goals: 0-1, M.19: Bernat. 1-1, M.58: Hugo Guillamón. 1-2, M.71: Lichy. 2-2, M.80: Sergio Gómez, from a penalty. 3-2, M.87: Miranda, from a penalty.

Referee: Kevin Clancy (Scotland). He admonished the Slovaks Lavrincik (m.27), Bernat (m.43), Kapralik (m.53), Trusa (m.64), Krajcirik, m.79) and Pokorny (m.92), and the Spanish Hugo Guillamón (m.37), Vencedor (m.41), Francés (m.52) and Nico Ribaudo (m.85).

Incidents: Match of the third day in group C of the qualifying phase for the European that will be played in 2023 in Georgia and Romania. La Cartuja Stadium, which was attended by some 2,800 spectators with a possible capacity of about sixty thousand.

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