Spain all in power, Croatia are trapped by Wales

Spain wins for the premiere of Luis de la Fuente. JON NAZCA / REUTERS

Spain wins for the first of its new coach. Croatia held in check.

Spain got scared but overcame Norway (3-0). The mission of Luis De la Fuente, the successor to Luis Enrique at the head of the selection, is to put an end to the stereotypical possession game that sticks to the skin of La Roja. It must be said that for the moment, Spain is not completely cured. She was close to falling back into her ways for a long time and only owes her salvation to the entry of a 32-year-old striker, in the person of Joselu.

The absence of Erling Haaland, Norwegian side, was felt offensively. Sørloth in particular was very clumsy at the worst of times (81st) and leaves Malaga with regrets. Dani Olmo, well served by Alejandro Baldé, had put his people on the right track by scoring with a subtle deviation (13th). The result was more narrow and the Norwegians grew bolder over the minutes.

Ten minutes from time, De la Fuente launched Fabian Ruiz and Joselu into battle. A paying choice since immediately, the two players got in tune. The Parisian found the Espanyol striker who deceived Nyland with a crossed header (84th) before the striker doubled the bet a few seconds later with a clear strike after a bad dismissal from the Norwegian defense (85th). For his first cape, the story is damn good for the 32-year-old man.

Croats trapped

In a Poljud stadium in Split which celebrated its players, third in the last World Cup, the party was spoiled by a midfielder who plays at Ipswich Town in League One (3rd English national level). Nathan Broadhead emerged after added time and crucified the Croats with a close recovery executed at the far post after a long throw-in on the opposite side (93rd).

Before that, the teammates of the stainless Luka Modric have mastered the meeting except for a Welsh rebellion after the break. Zlatko Dalic’s men had the chances (19 shots, 8 on target) but failed to materialize and left the Welsh alive. Andrej Kramaric’s goal (28th) was not enough. A fatal error which cost them two points in a group where Turkey and their opponent of the evening will struggle and fight until the end.


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