We saw a soccer classic today in Seville, where the Spanish national team hosted England in the UEFA League Nations competition. The most important match of the whole round ended in a shocking manner. The guests won 2:3.
The Three Lions avenged their defeat at Wembley in the second round. The Spaniards were better back then 1:2. They also managed to break one fascinating record which was in Spanish hands. For all of you who didn’t know, the Red Fury had one of the longest defeatless runs at home in Europe. It took 15 for one nation to beat them at their ground.
England’s Tsunami in the First Half
England was ferocious in the first 45 minutes when they gained a three-goal lead. The Spanish team attacked, but the guests were the ones who scored, and all three goals were after quick and super counter-attacks. Raheem Sterling twice and Marcus Rashford were the scorers. Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea didn’t have any chances to prevent neither of those goals, because all the actions were flawless. For the first time since Luis Enrique took over the leading role as the coach of the Red Fury, we could see that his boys couldn’t do anything on the pitch.
It is why he changed two players some 10 minutes after the start of the second 45 minutes, And the result came instantly. Paco Alcacer, who had been tremendous in Borussia Dortmund this season, continued his fantastic streak after entering the game as a substitution. It took only two minutes since he stepped on the pitch of Benito Villamarin stadium, to score a goal. From that moment on, the Red Fury regained their confidence and totally outplayed their rival.
Seven minutes later, English goalkeeper Pickford, made a huge mistake, as wanted to dribble in front of his net. One of the Spanish players took the ball away from him and went for goal, but Pickford managed to divert it into a corner. Now, everything would have been clear if it weren’t for goalkeeper’s foul, made on the opponent. The Spanish striker didn’t want to go down, and he instead, choose to run for the ball. Pickford was pulling him from behind, but the Polish referee didn’t notice that and he remained silent. The Spanish players were absolutely furious, and Sergio Ramos received a yellow card for being too vocal to the referee.
The Spaniards continued to pressure the guests, who were inferior. Most of the time the English were defending with all ten players behind the ball, waiting for a proper chance for a counter-attack.
Polish referee Marciniak added seven minutes after the regular 90, and the Spanish team managed to score once more during that period. Sergio Ramos netted in the last seconds of the extra time.
Spain is still first in the standings with one loss and two wins. England is second with one victory, loss and draw apiece, while Croatia sits last with only one point in two matches.