Spanish U21s freeze in Russia – Marseille News


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The Spanish Under-21 team suffered their first defeat (1-0) in the European qualifying round during their visit to Russia. The frozen grass and the temperature of -2 degrees Celsius prevented them from imposing their game on those of Luis de la Fuente. More difficulties were encountered for the Spanish footballers on the field of the Arena Khimki against the most difficult rival of the group. A key match that went in its first half as planned: with little football and a lot of fouls; quite the opposite of the first of the current qualifying phase between the two teams played in Extremadura and which ended in a 4-1 victory for those of Luis de la Fuente.




Borisko; Silyanov, Prokhin, Kuzmitchev, Stepanov; Maradishvili (Prutsev, m. 57), Mukhin, Umyarov; Sevikyan (Suleimanov, m.46), Agalarov (Tyukavin, m.58) and Khlusevich


Agirrezabala; French, Guillamón, Fontan, Miranda; Vencedor (Gragera, m.46), Turrientes (Francho Serrano, m.53), Sancet (Camello, m.69), Sergio Gómez, Abel Ruiz (Nico Williams, m.83) and Lobete (Gaspar, m.46)


Jochem Kamphuis (Netherlands). He rebuked Maradishvili (m.35), Agalarov (m.37), Stepanov (m.41), Kuzmichev (m.62) and Suleymanov (m.73) from Russia. He showed a yellow card to Turrientes (m.34) and Vencedor (m.45 + 1) in Spain.


Group C qualifying match for the European Championship played at Arena Khimki stadium (Russia).

The Spanish U21 coach had already warned that it was « the most difficult game ». Russia were used hard to cut off the flow of Spain and only a header from Abel Ruiz put the keeper in trouble Borisko. For their part, the locals expressed their concerns in the last minutes of the first half, but first Fontan and later Guillamón eliminated the danger with good interceptions in the zone.

Luis de la Fuente He moved the team after the break in search of more rhythm for the flow of the ball, but it was the locals who came out more clogged. Until the third time, it was the charm.

Opinion Agalarov of Vaseline, who crashed on the crossbar, at m.56 taking advantage of the fact that the Spain defense fell asleep on a free kick from Russia from its own ground and Prustev had a great opportunity that far missed the clinch, but Tioukavine I do not forgive.

Error French Alexander, acting as a right-back and not a center-back, in the ball exit which surprised his disorganized team and the Russian striker beat Agirrezabala with a shot from outside the box just two minutes after entering the pitch.

The game was open, but Spain remained in the « almost » when it came to generating chances. First his French failing to complete a free ball inside the area at m.65 and ten minutes later a long cross shot from Sergio Gomez to which he failed to give the necessary thread to disturb Borisko.

Of the Luis de la Fuente They were not close to equalizing and this result leaves them co-leaders of Group C with the same points as Russia, but in advance due in particular to the goal difference (+2 for Spain), with still four games to play. In addition, it prevents to complete the qualifying phase for the Euro of the category, which will be played in 2023 in Georgia and Romania, with full points, which no team has achieved in all history. .

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