He sweated, but Scotland was bent by Spain! The visitors played full defence, found a goal with McTomini for the lead but the VAR ruled it offside and in the end the Morata initially and o Sunset then they locked the three points (2-0) for the “furious rocha”.
First defeat for the Scotland who were 5/5 before the match, but continue to hold their luck in their hands, while Spain remained on course for qualification, as even if they lose to Norway next matchday and drop to 3rd place, they will be able to… match as it has less struggle.
At the same time, the Norwegians with Solbakken as the main player and Haaland scoring twice, they got past Cyprus (0-4) and hope that if they do everything well and their opponents “give” them gifts, they will get a ticket to the finals of Euro 2024.
The program of the 1st group
(33′ Sorloth, 65′, 72′ Haaland, 81′ Oursnes)
(74′ Morata, 86′ Sunset)
Day off: Georgia
8th matchday (15/10)
The scene was the same and unchanged in the first 45 minutes! Constantly in possession, Spain played Scotland half-court and sometimes even 1/3. Despite this, she was quite chatty and misguided, having only one final in the eleven of the first part at home, with the 0-0 remaining fatal. The picture was similar in the second half, but the “furious rocha” looked more threatening and looked for the lead. However, in the 60th minute Scotland froze “Cartuja” with an improbable free kick by McTomini. However, the celebrations were short-lived as after a VAR review the referee disallowed the goal for offside.
So Spain escaped and hit the gas in the final. Because Morata in the 74th minute with a cross and a header after the flawless cross of the 37-year-old Jesus Navas, executed Gan for 1-0 amid wild celebrations. And finally, in the 86th minute, in a phase that didn’t… exist, Hickey slipped all alone, Joselu stole and made the parallel turn with Sunset under the pressure of an opponent, falling and in some “strange” way sent the ball into the net for the final 2-0.
Easy night for Norway in Cyprus, winning with an emphatic 4-0. Ketspaja tried with a 5-4-1 formation and a double defensive zone to keep the company of Haaland and the main Solbakken away from Mal’s frames, but managed to do so until the half-hour mark. In fact, up until that point, he had managed not to concede a goal, since the field was… tilting!
Somehow in the 33rd minute Sorloth found space and shot, the ball found an opponent to end up in the net for 1-0 and a few hundred Norwegians in the stands to… celebrate.
The match went the same way with the Norwegians in a dominant role, with Haaland taking his weapon and with two “pastels” in a span of seven minutes (65′, 72′) he cleaned up the match and made the score 3-0 . With Oursnes in the 81st minute putting the icing on the cake to shape the final result and in fact… off for the visitors.
At 10 points now, the Scandinavians welcome Spain in 3 days in a must-win game where if they win they will move up to second and +1, being -2 from the first Scotland which has a day off. With the two teams facing each other on the last matchday in a match that may clear the qualification as well!
Source: Sport Fm
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