Spain crushes Georgia in the round of 16 at Euro 2024 with a score of 4-1

Overcoming “dark horse” Georgia 4-1, Spain advances to the Euro 2024 quarter-finals to face host Germany.

Goals: Spain’s goals were scored by Rodri (39′), Fabián Ruiz (51′), Nico Williams (75′), Dani Olmo (83′) and Robin Le Normand (18′) – Own Goal

Spain crushes Georgia in the round of 16 at Euro 2024 with a score of 4-1

After the final whistle, two wingers, 16-year-old Lamine Yamal and 21-year-old Nico Williams, stood on the pitch playing rock-paper-scissors to see who gets to drink water first. Yamal then asked for the water bottle that Williams was drinking from, but was brushed off. After receiving the bottle, the Barca striker sprayed water towards his senior. The playful reactions of the two players showed their youth, but they had just become a nightmare for Georgia.

The Guardian commented that Spain played like a “cat playing with a mouse” against the team considered the dark horse of the tournament. Georgia still played defensively and counter-attacked as when they beat Portugal 2-0 in the final round of the group stage, and even led the team of Luis de la Fuente. However, Yamal and Williams’ aggressive play opened a series of opportunities for Spain. These two young players were respectively awarded 8.7 and 9.1 points, the highest on the field, according to Whoscored statistics.

Williams became the first player in Euro history to score, assist and have a 100% accurate pass in a match he started. While, Yamal missed many opportunities, but left a mark with a perfect cross for Fabian Ruiz to increase the score to 2-1. The two young players were rated the highest by statistical companies thanks to their dribbling and creating opportunities, but the best player of the match award voted by the UEFA panel of experts went to midfielder Rodri.

It’s understandable why Rodri received this award when Spain struggled until he opened the score. Because Georgia opened the scoring in the 18th minute without needing to shoot once. Right-back Otar Kakabadze broke forward and crossed the ball, causing centre-back Robin Le Normand to clumsily put the ball into his own net to the astonishment of goalkeeper Unai Simon. This was Spain’s first goal conceded in the tournament, and the team started to show errors.

In the next 20 minutes, Spain appeared tense, many times shooting but all were beautifully saved by goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili. They also lost the ball a few times, allowing the opponent to counterattack quickly but not scoring an additional goal.

Georgia paid the price in the 39th minute, after wasting opportunities. Receiving the ball at the edge of the penalty area from Williams’ pass, Rodri shifted to his left foot to deceive Georgian players, before shooting low into the far corner and this time Mamardashvili was beaten. After scoring, Rodri ran to the sideline, slid long to hug his teammates, relieving pressure for the world’s number 8 team.

Rodri’s equalizer rightly deserved to be a masterpiece, as he only needed one touch to get past a player, and the second touch was a shot close to the post with force, even with his weaker foot. This was Spain’s first long-range goal at the Euro since Raul Gonzalez’s goal in 2000. Since then, the team has scored 55 goals, but all from within the penalty area.

Spain relieved the pressure and played like a practice match in the second half, starting from Fabian Ruiz’s goal. The heavier the rain, the more opportunities they created, scoring two more goals thanks to Williams and Dani Olmo. Every time Georgia conceded a goal, the camera showed coach Willy Sagnol sitting quietly on the bench, looking helpless. However, the audience continued to clap to support Sagnol’s team, because they had made history by reaching this round.

Spain ended the match with 35 shots and ball possession of up to 75% of the time. The team maintained their unbeaten run to prepare to meet Germany in the dream quarter-final match on July 5, 2024, in Stuttgart.

LINE-UP SPAIN VS GEORGIA

SPAIN: Unai Simon, Dani Carvajal (Navas 82′), Robin Le Normand, Aymeric Laporte, Marc Cucurella (Grimaldo 66′), Pedri (Dani Olmo 52′), Rodri, Fabian Ruiz (Merino 82′), Lamine Yamal, Alvaro Morata (Oyarzabal 66′), Nico Williams.

GEORGIA: Giorgi Mamardashvili, Otar Kakabadze, Giorgi Gvelesiani (Kvekveskiri 79′), Guram Kashia, Lasha Dvali, Luka Lochoshvili (Tsitaishvili 63′), Giorgi Chakvetadze (Davitashvili 63′), Otar Kiteishvili (Altunashvili 41′), Giorgi Kochorashvili, Georges Mikautadze (Zivzivadze 79′), Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

⚽️ UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 tournaments and 10 national champions

⏩ Germany won the Euro 3 times (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

⏩ Spain won the Euro 3 times (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

⏩ France won the Euro 2 times (1984 – 2000)

⏩ Italy won the Euro 2 times (1968 – 2020)

⏩ Soviet Union won the Euro once in 1960

⏩ Czechoslovakia won the Euro once in 1976

⏩ Netherlands won the Euro once in 1988

⏩ Denmark won the Euro once in 1992

⏩ Greece won the Euro once in 2004

⏩ Portugal won the Euro once in 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking on February 15, 2024 such as France (2nd) – England (3rd) – Belgium (4th) – Netherlands (6th) – Portugal (7th) – Spain (8th) – Italy (9th) – Croatia (10th) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to deliver top-level and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the first and second teams in each group, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get a ticket to the knock-out round. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

⚽️ Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

⚽️ Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

⚽️ Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

⚽️ Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

⚽️ Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

⚽️ Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

⚽️ Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

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