Greece vs. Spain – Match Report – November 11, 2021

Greece vs.  Spain - Match Report - November 11, 2021

(Jordi Blanco, correspondent) – Spain enjoyed a round day in Athens. They beat Greece, the main thing, and benefited from Sweden’s surprising, unheard-of defeat in Georgia that unexpectedly catapulted them to the group lead one day after qualifying. If on Sunday they prevail over Sweden in Seville, La Roja will go directly to the World Cup in Qatar.

Comfortable, secure, confident and superior, Luis Enrique’s Spain barely found competition in the last minutes in a Greek team that quickly backed behind, relying on a counter to scare Unai and giving all the prominence to a Red in which Busquets, threatened with sanction, was a substitute.

Greece went as best it could, with everything, up Greece in the final part of the game, confident of canceling the minimum advantage of Spain, dominating in play but erratic in the final shot, dynamic when moving the ball to the local area for once there find the sentence, either through Raúl de Tomás, a discreet debutante, or Morata, a star without fortune. Not even with the entry of Dani Olmo and Rodrigo, already in the second half, did this offensive deficit change, which could take its toll, no matter how unfair it could have been estimated in view of the game.

He had scared the Hellenic team from the beginning at 20 minutes with a goal mounted in a rapid counterattack that was canceled for offside and motivated the necessary step forward of Spain, which just five minutes later advanced on the scoreboard thanks to a debatable penalty committed on Íñigo Martínez, just after the ball probably touched Laporte’s arm. Sarabia’s launch, unappealable, meant 0-1 and that 0-1 gave way to a Spanish monologue without further setbacks until the break, which could have come with more advantage if Vlachod had not miraculously stopped Morata’s point-blank shot .

With an outstanding performance by the young Gavi, until he was replaced by Busquets after receiving a strong slap in the face, and an absolute control of the situation in the center of the field Spain was enough to tie the Hellenes until, curiously, the disappearance of Gavi, which coincided with the gradual growth of the Greeks and their arrival in the Unai area to make people fear that this victory, until then comfortable, would have to be suffered.

It was, in a final defended as best the Red could and gave him the maximum prize to which he aspired in his trip to Athens. Sweden lost, Spain won and the Qatar World Cup is already one point away …

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