Spain lost a game a year and eleven months later, the first defeat in the League of Nations and in its history against a Ukraine full of casualties, which punished with a Tsygankov goal the lack of a scorer to reward an unproductive dominance of the Red .
Luis Enrique does not have a pure 9, an area killer. He assures that he prefers to have more variants of players with varied profiles to reach the goal, but a single goal in favor in his last three games invites him to explore the search for a reference point. Find new records in an evolution of the style of success, giving way to the last two sensations of the selection. Ansu Fati settled as a starter at the age of 17 and Adama Traoré as a footballer with a different profile, providing continuous overflow stuck to the lime.
To the overwhelming dominance of possession, Spain adds variants. Along the way he must find a finisher, because with Adama he ensures an insulting physical superiority over his marker and centers looking for a scorer. Rodrigo Moreno appeared there, who left a head full of power to the millimeter center of Jesús Navas so that Bushchan would leave the game stop. While Gerard Moreno grows and the evolution of Álvaro Morata is awaited, in Kiev the party cried out for a tip of those who were not on the field or on the bench.
Spain gained verticality with Luis Enrique’s bet, combining Adama’s electricity with the imbalance generated by Ansu. The first had to show that it is more than a trigger for stuck matches. He did it with authority. His 17-year-old friend even makes side fouls and corners. Freedom from the bench to the personality of the player who, when he appeared where he hurt, forgave left-handed, precipitating in the definition of the goalkeeper’s body.
Spain had forgiven two clear in the first quarter of an hour. Ukraine, united in the face of casualties, showed character in the fight and a clear idea. Defend yourself and go out in a rush to the counterattack with many troops. His intention was to find spaces before a team with advanced lines but it did not worry De Gea. Rodri’s defensive work is key to the defensive balance.
So high was Spain that Ramos became a danger for the rival. First from set pieces with a ball to the squad that the fourth Ukraine goalkeeper took out, who, under the circumstances, was living his moment of glory. Later with a good long shot that went close to the crossbar. The rhythm was difficult to maintain with three games in six days and Canales forgave after a good left playing behind Rodrigo’s back.
Football without VAR left requests for two penalties, one in each area, a Ukrainian rebounding hand and a sweep from Navas to Zubkov. At times, in the resumption, the air taken at halftime prompted Ukraine to the adventure of looking for the goal. With Yarmolenko as the highest quality player, Zubkov forgave, shooting the clearest into the air.
It seemed like a mirage because Spain was once again taking over the ball and starting a search full of impotence towards the goal. Always protagonist Adama, without measuring in the effort and unbalancing in each action. The changes of Luis Enrique looked for refreshment in a physique that was extinguished before a locked rival. He lacked speed in possession and was hit again in the last meters. Rodri caressed the goal from the front with a crossed shot but inside the area nobody finished. Oyarzabal forgave, Adama ran into Bushchan when he played it and Ferrán Torres did not beat the goalkeeper in his hand-to-hand list.
It was when Spain received the blow. From a long goal kick, with direct football. Yarmolenko’s vision, Jesús Navas hooked without throwing the offside and De Gea in no man’s land. Tsygankov signed the both of the feat and Spain fell with Ramos as the most dangerous player in the rival area. Germany’s draw made defeat a lesser evil. The two teams will play the pass to the final phase in Seville. Until then a lesson must be learned.