England stun La Roja in Nations League
Posted: 15 October 2018 Time: 10:07 pm
England handed Spain a 3-2 defeat in Seville in the UEFA Nations League on Monday.
Spain nearly had the perfect start, but Marcos Alonso’s cross-cum shot was hurriedly brushed from the center circle line by Jordan Pickford after four minutes.
England broke the deadlock pretty much against the run of play when Raheem Sterling converted with ease, following a cross-field pass from Marcus Rashford on 16 minutes.
The Spaniards looked for an immediate come back, but a low free kick by Thiago Alcantara from outside the box saw them come close.
Before plotting further attempts, the English tally was doubled a minute to the half and hour mark. Rashford finished off a nice swirling move by Harry Kane, leaving David De Gea with no chance.
Sterling, who hadn’t scored in a year for England before his first, secured his brace with an easy tap-in following poor defending by the Spaniards on 37 minutes.
The Spaniards had it all to do, trailing by a hefty margin at the break with England eager to continue their dominance.
Following the second half, no side made changes from the substitute benches, but Marco Asensio went close to getting on the score-board, but his effort was deflected for a corner by Eric Dier.
Pickford smothered a low grass-cutter from Saul Niguez on 55 minutes as La Roja searched high and low for a way back.
The substitutions then took place. Spain made a double when Niguez and Iago Aspas made way for Dani Ceballos and Paco Alcacer.
Seemingly it proved to be a stroke of genius when Alcacer jumped high to head home a corner few minutes from his introduction after 57 minutes.
The English survived a scary moment when indecisiveness by Pickford almost led to a penalty after he was said to have held back Rodrigo Moreno path to goal, leaving the Spanish fuming.
The pressure from the hosts didn’t stop there, as a shot from the right off the boot of Alcacer nearly dink in the far corner but Pickford managed to track back and stop the danger.
The latter exchanges saw both sets of players failing to make the most of the half-chances with Alonso crashing the crossbar with a header.
In the final minute of added time, Sergio Ramos plunged in a diving header to end of the contest with the Three Lions inflicting Spain’s its first defeat at home in 15 years.
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