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Spain Crush Georgia To Reach Euros Quarterfinals

  • June 30, 2024
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Spain Crush Georgia To Reach Euros Quarterfinals

Spain underlined their Euro 2024 title credentials with a dominant comeback victory over Georgia, securing a 4-1 win and a place in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

La Roja displayed their relentless attacking style and tactical mastery, overcoming an early setback to claim a commanding win and maintain their perfect record in the tournament.

Spain started brightly, with Pedri forcing a save from Giorgi Mamardashvili in the fourth minute. However, Georgia stunned the favorites by taking the lead against the run of play. A breakaway led by Otar Kakabadze resulted in an unfortunate own goal by Robin Le Normand, putting Georgia on the cusp of a historic quarterfinal berth.

Unfazed, Spain continued to press forward. Their persistence paid off just before halftime when Rodri’s powerful strike from the edge of the box found the bottom corner, restoring parity.

The second half saw Spain maintain their dominance, suffocating Georgia with their high-pressing approach. While Georgia threatened on the counter, the Spanish defense held firm. A free kick by 16-year-old Yamal in the 51st minute was saved by Mamardashvili, but Spain recycled possession quickly. Yamal’s curling cross found the head of Ruiz, who put Spain ahead.

Spain’s relentless pursuit of goals continued. A triple substitution introduced fresh legs, with Alex Grimaldo, Dani Olmo, and Mikel Oyarzabal replacing Marc Cucurella, Pedri, and Alvaro Morata. The changes proved effective. Nico Williams received the ball in his own half, sprinted and dribbled pass Kakabadze, and unleashed a powerful shot into the roof of the net, doubling Spain’s lead.

Dani Olmo, another substitute, sealed the victory with a composed finish that beat the rooted Mamardashvili. This fourth goal cemented Spain’s win against a valiant Georgian side.

Finishing the group stage with a perfect record of three wins, the only nation to do so in these Euros, Spain emerges as a strong contender for the European title, a trophy they last lifted in 2012. The stage is set for a thrilling encounter in Stuttgart, where Spain will face hosts Germany in a rematch of the 2008 final.

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