Spain survived a late fightback from Romania to deservedly beat the property side two-1 in their Euro 2020 qualifying match, in turn keeping their location at the best of Group F ahead of Sweden.

It was a siege on the Romanian aim from the offset, with Ciprian Tatarusanu the busiest man on the pitch in the opening exchanges and stood tall to Spain’s dominance. Their stress eventually told soon after 29 minutes when Ciprian Deac fouled Dani Ceballos in the box, with Sergio Ramos producing no error from the spot to place La Roja in front.


Significantly less than two minutes into the second half the guests got the aim their overall performance deserved, with Paco Alcacer slotting into an empty net soon after a fine flowing move ended with Jordi Alba feeding the ​Borussia Dortmund striker. Their two aim lead was reduce brief against the run of play not lengthy soon after, as former ​Brighton striker Florin Andone headed property to lift the property crowd.

Even though Spain continued to control proceedings, they have been dealt a enormous blow as Diego Llorente saw red for a final-man challenge on Andone, leaving the guests to survive the final ten minutes with ten males. They looked like snatching it in added time, as Kepa brilliantly saved late from George Puscas, ahead of a beautiful cease seconds later prevented the hosts from snatching an unlikely point. Nevertheless, in the finish it was the outcome Spain deserved.



Player Ratings

Beginning XI: Tatarusanu (9*) Benzar (four), Nedelcearu (four), Chiriches (five), Grigore (four), Tosca (five) Deac (four), Marin (four), Stanciu (five) Puscas (six), Keseru (four).

Substitutes: Andone (six), Hagi (five), Maxim (four).


Essential Speaking Point


In Group F it appears like getting a straight shootout among Sweden and Spain for best spot, with the two sides the apparent favourites to seal either an automatic spot or a play-off location for subsequent summer’s tournament.

Romania are the dark horses to sneak a best two spot, but on Thursday’s displaying, that appears increasingly unlikely to occur. Spain played their opponents off of the park, dominating the ball all through and deservedly going in front by means of Ramos’ penalty on the half hour. It could properly have been a further 3 ahead of half time, nonetheless, Tatarasanu thwarted them on many occasions to maintain the score in the balance ahead of the break.

What ever resistance or self-confidence they may possibly have had appeared to be shattered soon after much less than two minutes into the second half, despite the fact that the introduction of Andone looked like paying dividends when he lowered the lead. It was nevertheless dominance on the visitor’s aspect, but a lapse in concentration saw Llorente pull down Andone when clean by way of on aim, despite the fact that somewhat harshly, and getting sent for an early shower.

The expected onslaught on the Spanish aim followed, but the table toppers saw out the remaining ten minutes with to maintain hold of initially position in Group F.

Player Ratings

Beginning XI: Kepa (six) Navas (eight), Llorente (four), Ramos (eight), Alba (7) Saul (7), Busquets (eight), Ruiz (7) Ceballos (7), Alcacer (7), Rodrigo (7).

Substitutes: Oyarzabal (7), Sarabia (six), Hermoso (N/A).

Star Man


Dictating the play is his forte, whilst breaking up opposition attacks is his bread and butter. There weren’t quite a few of the latter on show in Bucharest, but Sergio Busquets was at his usual ideal in his defensive midfield slot. 

Getting produced a name for himself as a single of the ideal in the enterprise at ​Barcelona over numerous years at the best of his game, the Spaniard when more looked a class above the opposition midfield and bossed the show for Robert Moreno’s side.

Searching Ahead

La Roja continue their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a property clash against minnows Faroe Islands, as they continue their surge towards best spot in Group F.

For Romania, they will require to dust themselves down for Sunday’s clash against Malta, understanding victory will be essential if they are critical about qualifying for subsequent summer’s tournament.