The players of Spain Sub-21 celebrate a goal / Photo: Twitter official Spanish Selection


Role of two former Barça players in the triumph of a U-21 without Riqui

Published:25/03/2021 - 08:23h

Updated:25/03/2021 - 08:23h

The Spanish Under-21 team did not fail against Slovenia and won 3-0 in the first match of the European Championship. Puado, Villar and Miranda scored in a duel in which Riqui Puig was left without playing and in which Cucurella stood out on the left

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The Spanish selection Sub-21 began with good foot his adventure in the European and won with forcefulness to Slovenia this past Wednesday. The 'Rojita' took in beating to the Balkan, but at the end achieved to win without too many difficulties thanks to the goals of Javi Puado, Gonzalo Villar and Juan Miranda (0-3). Besides, it fits to stand out to Marc Cucurella, that participated so much in the 0-1 as in the 0-2.

Spain began well and with win, although little by little it began to lose shine after bumping an and again against the wall that planted the eslovenos in defence. Villar And Brahim Díaz stood out in the first part, especially the player of the Rome, MVP of the meeting and one of the big jewels of the team. The midfield player was the lighthouse of the combined Spanish and was the one who commanded, distributed and contributed that touch of distinct magic to the centre of the field.

However, the 0-1 did not arrive until the second half and did not split of the boots of the romanista, but of the ones of Brahim. The madridista, now yielded in the Milan, drove from the right leftwards so that after a combination the balloon arrived him to Cucurella, leading from the side. The ex of the Barça put it and the malagueño, after controlling, gave it to him to Puado, that did not fail from the frontal with a big strike.

Only a pair of minutes later, 'Cucu' went back to appear by the left to put him a perfect ball to Villar, that did the second and topped his partidazo. Finally, in the 88 and with Slovenia looking for the goal desperately, Miranda, Barcelona yielded in the Betis, took advantage of the spaces and put the 0-3. An important victory with leadership of two players of the FC Barcelona in which Riqui Puig did not play neither an alone minute.

Riqui Puig did not play in front of Slovenia

The one of Matadepera, to the that Luis de la Fuente defended in press conference, did not jump to the field and could not help to Spain. The seleccionador national preferred to have other footballers in the second time and the Catalan saw the 90 minutes from the terracing. A 'stick' hard for him, since in the Barça is playing poquísimo and expected that at least it had something more than leadership with the Spanish selection.

The situation of Riqui in the City Condal is worrisome and gives the feeling that in what it subtracts of campaign Ronald Koeman only goes to use him in the final stretches of some meetings. Ilaix Moriba Has advanced him in the rotation and Miralem Pjanic, although now almost is not playing, could have another opportunity before or afterwards. By all this, that Puig recover the stray confidence with Spain is fundamental, although by the moment has not been possible.

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