Spain faces this afternoon (18:00 hours / Teledeporte) in the Polish city of Lublin to the host team in the last match of the year of the qualifying phase for the Euro of 2021. Jorge Vilda leads the group D with six points after being imposed in the two matches played against Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic. Poland, meanwhile, has not yet debuted. The cold, less than eight degrees, will be one of the factors that may be relevant in the fate of the game.
The main unknown in the Spanish team is who will fill the vacancy in the attack left by the injured Marta Cardona. The Real Sociedad player played a leading role in the previous two games. Everything indicates that the Spanish coach will opt for Lucia Garcia, the Athletic Bilbao player who lost the clashes against Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic due to injury.
FC Barcelona strikers Jenni Hermoso and Mariona Caldentey have a secured place in the Spanish attack. Garcia, who missed several games at the start of the season due to injury, has returned strongly in recent days and has contributed speed and goals to the recovery of Athletic. His good form puts him ahead of Eva Navarro, the Levante forward, who joined the team at the last minute replacing Cardona.
Return after injury
Ewa Pajor, the main threat of Poland
The main threat of the Polish team is the forward Ewa Pajor, who plays in the powerful German Wolfsburg. The Polish star recently returned to play with her team after overcoming an injury that kept her several weeks in the dry dock. Pajor only played the first 45 minutes of the match that faced the German champions with Freiburg and participated in two of the goals actively. The Spanish defenses must be very attentive to the maneuvers of the young star.
A victory would provide a very important advantage to those of Vilda on his way to the continental tournament that will be played in England in the summer of 2021. Spain is a favorite against Poland, but the precedents are not optimistic. The Poles defeated Vilda's in the last match between the two teams in the Algarve Cup. On that occasion, the Polish were imposed by 3 to 0.