Scott Mc Tominay celebrates one of his goals against Spain (2-0)


Scotland exposes the shortcomings of Spain with a well-deserved victory in Glasgow (2-0)

Published:28/03/2023 - 23:47h

Updated:28/03/2023 - 23:56h

Spain added the first defeat of Luis de la Fuente's cycle as national coach with a very weak match at Hampden Park (2-0). A brace from Scott McTominay was enough for Scotland to keep the three points against 'La Roja'

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The first 'revolution' in the eleven of Luis de la Fuente in the Spanish Selection went out very bad. Until eight changes regarding the party of the Saturday in Málaga in front of Norway (3-0) evidenciaron the lacks of 'The Red' in Glasgow in front of a Scotland that took advantage of the errors and the little intensity of the visitor together with the opportunism of Scott McTominay to seal a triumph that consolidates it in the leadership of the Group To of the eliminatory for the Euro 2024 (2-0).

Only to Kepa, Rodri and Mikel Merino survived in the XI Spanish regarding the debut of the technician riojeño. Without Alejandro Balde (descartado) and with Gavi in the bench, Spain bet by a 4-3-3 more defined in Hampden Park, changing completely the saga (Pedro Porro, David García Iñigo Martínez and José Luis Gayà). However, the flamante Spanish defence hardly would hold the zero during seven minutes in Glasgow.

Scotland did not forgive the errors of Spain

In the minute 7, an error of Pedro Porro in exit allowed to Andrew Robertson recover the balloon in front of the absurd slip of the Spanish side. The defender of the Liverpool yielded the spherical to Scott McTominay and the mediocentro of the Manchester United defined of first after the pass crossed of his mate. The so much Scottish left to 'The Red' to the edge of the 'KO' and Christie was very near to expand the difference in the 15' with a finish that it brushed the stick.

To Spain took him almost 10 minutes wake up and recently in the 23' Joselu warned with a head butt to the crossbar. The forward of the Espanyol was the one who more looked for it in the first part, but little further of a pair of catchwords by possible penaltis that finish in at all. In the halftime, De la Fuente freshened the attack with the entry of Niko Williams by Mikel Oyarzabal, whereas Dani Carvajal replaced to Pedro Porro.

Spain goes back to the same: a lot of possession, few ideas

In spite of the retouching in defence, the Selection kept on being a 'flan' by the sides. In the 51', a desborde of Kieran Tierney by right, leaving irrigated to Carvajal with ease, and a clear fallido of David García left served the 2-0 to a Mc Tominay the one who, again of first, fusiló to Kepa for desatar the madness in Hampden Park and achieved his second consecutive doublet. Luis de la Fuente answered to the so much Scottish putting to Iago Sails in place of Mikel Merino, but went the venues those who followed attacking.

A centre of McGinn crashed in the crossbar before the hour of party and Spain seemed to the edge of the disaster. Before the end ingresaron Borja Churches (by Joselu) and Gavi (by Dani Ceballos), but there was not reaction. In fact, 'The Red' did not have finish to the arch in the last half hour of game, doing totally barren the possession of 75 % accumulated in the 90 statutory. At the end, Spain left of Glasgow with a defeat deserved that it could be even worse and a lot of doubts in the mind of a seleccionador that will have to work a lot to find his team.

Further of the defeat, De la Fuente gave merit to the party made by the escoces and ratified his confidence in the base of his first announcement. "I bet by these players and have confidence in them. This result does not change our leaf of route, that is to win all the parties that are missing us. We knew that this group had important rivals and that did not go to be easy, explained the seleccionador Spanish in the press conference post party".

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