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Spain loses, but gets into the Final Four of the Nations League

Spain lost. Lost to Italy, victim of a chaotic second half (2-3), which began with the first Italian goal when the team had 10 players on the field. But before that he already had the ticket in his hand for the semifinal of the final four, the penultimate step to be in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The selection was already there Montse Tomé taking advantage of Switzerland’s victory over Sweden (1-0).

It is his first defeat with the world champion star on his chest. He did not know how to dominate Spain in the match, having the wind at his back thanks to Athenea del Castillo’s goal that rewarded his correct first half. He dominated at the beginning although everything got messed up at the beginning of the second half when the Italian equalizer arrived.

A goal that came when Montse Tomé’s team had 10 players. Something incomprehensible. Truly intolerable. This confusion was taken advantage of by the Italians, despite the fact that an offside request was unsuccessfully requested prior to Giancinti’s shot. while Aitana was no longer on the field and Esther had not yet entered.

Disastrous start to the second half

A placid first half gave way, however, to a chaotic second half that caused insecurity to appear in Spain, capable of conceding up to three goals in less than 20 minutes, demonstrating an unexpected fragility. Each goal was a portrait of a defensive error by the world champions. And both in the 1-2 and in the 1-3 it came in the small area of ​​Cata Coll, surpassed by that torrent of Italian play, which left Spain cold. As cold as the Galician night.

Spain wanted to react to the slap that Spain gave him. But between the wood – the crossbar spat a beautiful outside shot by Tere Abelleira – and the lack of success – Salma Paralluelo did not score in the small area – what spread concern among the Spanish fans. until it appeared Esther GonzálezHis control was excellent, his shot was phenomenal to place the world champions close to Italy.

The game went crazy. Spain ran wild, supported, of course, by a wonderful save by Cata Coll from Galli’s left footed shot from outside the area. In the Pasarón stadium (Pontevedra) he thundered a unanimous cry: “Yes, we can! Yes we can!” It was time for Tomé’s team to intimidate an Italy that made the only decision that was possible.

He locked himself in his area, while Spain tried to find a way to equalize a match that became unexpectedly complicated. He had not lost the team since that defeat, a painful defeat against Japan in the World Cup (4-0, July 31). And it is, therefore, the first defeat for Montse Tomé since in added time Mariona Caldentey’s chance did not materialize.

A defeat without any weight because the world champions have a clearer route to the Paris Olympics because three of the four qualified for the final four of the League of Nations will have that Olympic prize. Meanwhile, Italy offered a lesson in efficiency and pragmatism: five shots, four on goal, three goals.

Spain: Taste Coll; Olga, Laia Alexandri, Irene Paredes, Ona Batlle; Jennifer Hermoso, Teresa, Aitana; Mariona, Paralluelo, Athenea del Castillo.

Changes: Lucía García by Athenea del Castillo (m. 46): Esther by Aitana Bonmatí (m. 49); Ivana Andrés by Irene Paredes (m. 67);

Italia: Giuliani; Di Guillielmo, Lenzini, Linari, Boattin; Bergamaschi, Caruso, Giuliano, Cambiaghi; Dragons, Giancinti.

Changes: Singer for Giacinti (d. 54); Chain for Dragons (m. 54); Galli by Giuliano (d. 71); Piedmont by Cambiaggi (m. 90+1); Saved by Di Guigliemo (m. 90+1).

Gol: 1-0, Athenea del Castillo (m. 12); 1-1, Giancinti (m. 46); 1-2, Cambhiagi (d. 57); 1-3, Linarius (d. 64); 2-3, Esther González (m. 76)

Referee: Eleni Antoniou.

Yellow cards: Ivana Andrés (d. 82); Lucía García (d. 85)

Spectators: 9.000.


2023-12-01 22:35:41
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