Spain registered a thumping win over Georgia in their third match of the Euro 2024 qualification round. The Luis de la fuente coached side undoubtedly was the better of the two sides on the pitch as they created more significant chances and capitalised on them more often than their opponents. The Spanish side dominated major phases of the match as they had 72% of the ball possession. The team was superior in all departments of the game as they put seven past a helpless Georgia side. Following this win, Spain are now placed second in the table with 6 points in 3 matches. Georgia meanwhile is placed 4th with 4 points in as many matches so far.
The game began with both the sides seeking their chances to attack the opponent’s net and gain some momentum early on in the game. Spain were clearly looking more comfortable on the ball as they were threatening the opposition defence on a regular basis. The team after having come closer on a number of ocassions finally took the lead in the 22nd minute. Asensio fired in a cross into the box to find Morata. The no.9 thumped in a powerful header into the bottom corner to give Spain the lead. Spain eventually managed to double their lead thanks to some unfortunate Georgia defending.
Ruiz’s fine cross into the path of Morata was blocked by Kvirkveliya who sticked out a leg only to steer the ball into his own net. It was in the 38th minute when Spain managed to score a third. Dani Olmp did well to squeeze past a couple of challenges before drilling a precise shot into the bottom right corner. Spain made it 4-0 before the end of first half as Morata bagged his brace. The striker dispossessed a careless Kvirkveliya before setting off towards the Georgian goal with Ruiz in support. The duo played a brilliant one two before Morata found the back of the net with ease.
It was in the second half that home side had their first significant moment of the match. Just four minutes into the second half, that a cross from the left caused mayhem in the Spanish box with Mikautadze looking to go for goal. His effort was blocked as the ball fell into the path of Giorgi Chamvetadze who smashed in a left footed shot to beat Unai Simon narrowly and score.
It was in the 65th minute that Morata scored again to complete a fantastic hat-trick. Merino slipped in a fine ball through to Morata who darted in from behind the defence before scoring from close range. Three minutes later, the Spanish side added another goal to their tally. Jose Gaya’s fine throughball found Nico Williams who cut inside two defenders and followed it up with a shot through the legs of the goalkeeper and into the net.
The last and final big moment of the match came in the form of teenage debutant – Lamine Yamal scoring Spain’s seventh goal of the match. Nico Williams did well to get past the defense and cut the ball back in through the byline. Yamal came onto the ball and fired in a first time left footed shot to find the net. The 16 year old became the youngest ever goal scorer in Spain’s history. FT:- Spain 7-1 Georgia.