A late Josh King penalty resulted in Spain’s very first dropped points in qualifying for Euro 2020, as Sergio Ramos became Spain’s most capped player.
The very first half was as boring as football gets, with nothing at all of note taking spot at all – and each teams looked fairly devoid of any sort of creativity. Norway had the most effective possibility when Omar Elabdellaoui failed to handle a cross at the back post.
Beginning XI: Jarstein (five) Elabdellaoui (eight), Nordtveit (six), Ajer (six), Aleesami (7) Johansen (six), Berge (six), Henriksen (six), Selnaes (six) Ødegaard (eight*), King (7)
Substitutes: Hovland (six), Sorloth (six), Johnsen (N/A)
Important Speaking Point
Spain looked far from their most effective all through this game – and subsequently lost their 100% record as Josh King kept his nerve in the 94th minute to draw Norway level.
Nevertheless, Spain can take positives from this game. If England’s failing midfield required any sort of instance to comply with, they ought to appear no additional. Saul, Fabian and Busquets looked like a attempted and correct midfield trio, but Spain will want much more in the final third if they are to seriously challenge in subsequent year’s tournament.
Meanwhile, it was a huge evening for Spanish captain Sergio Ramos as he became the most capped player in Spanish history surpassing former True Madrid teammate Iker Casillas.
Beginning XI: Kepa (five) Navas (six), Albiol (six), Ramos (7), Bernat (six) Fabian (7), Busquets (7), Saul (eight*) Oyarzabal (7), Rodrigo (six), Ceballos (six)
Substitutes: Cazorla (six), Rodri (N/A), Martinez (N/A)
In a true midfield battle, Spain’s goalscorer Saul stood out. He was aspect of a 3-man midfield which genuinely clicked Fabian getting one particular of his most effective games in a Spain shirt as he appears to cement a spot in the beginning XI.
Saul opened the scoring in the game with a nicely taken half-volley which beat Norway goalkeeper Jarstein.
Martin Ødegaard vs Spain
90% pass accuracy
four/four dribbles won
four essential passes
three/three precise extended balls
1 tackle won
1 aerial won
Major functionality against a major group from a major player. pic.twitter.com/ToEHhMc6HV
— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) 12 October 2019
Spain can confirm their spot in subsequent year’s tournament when they travel to their closest Group F rivals in Sweden subsequent week. 3 points against the Swedes would see Robert Moreno’s males qualify at the major of the group.
The Spanish could appear to use the depth in their squad in that match, with players like Santi Cazorla, Pablo Sarabia and Thiago pushing for very first group spots.
Norway, meanwhile, sit 4 points from qualification with just 3 games left and face a challenging activity to qualify. They travel to Romania subsequent week, searching to close the gap.