Wednesday, July 28

Euro 2021 | Spain – Poland: the footballers’ notes

Alvaro Morata found the goal again 396 minutes later in the tie Come in Spain Y Poland on the second day of group E of Euro 2020, with a penalty missed by Gerard Moreno with 1-1 and with an error by Aymeric Laporte in the equalizer of Robert Lewandowski.

This is how Spain played against Poland:

Unai Simon (7): He is the holder in the goal. There is no longer any doubt. His ninth game in a row, the second in a row in the final phase of the Eurocup, also brought a vindication: the stop with his left hand with which he endured Robert Lewandowski’s shot and the victory of Spain on the brink of halftime. Without that intervention, perhaps nothing would have been the same in the game. He couldn’t do anything after the forward’s header, which was 1-1.

Marcos Llorente (6): Luis Enrique’s right-back in this European Championship has the conditions to play there, adapted as he is to any position. He goes up the band, he is daring, fast, he defends well, he runs faster than anyone, but he did not have offensive constancy, apart from the arrival and the shot that make him a notable scorer.

Laporte (4): There is no better example of the coach’s determined commitment to him than his constant ownership. Three games available, three games from eleven. But Lewandowski’s goal puts him in doubt, so soft in the fight with a scorer of the stature of his opponent, that he won the game too simply. Was it missing? The touch was so light that it admits of a brief debate.

Pau Torres (7): He is the leader of the Spanish defense today, established as he is as a left-handed central defender, with the calm that he transmits and with the superiority that he demonstrated in many duels this Saturday. He was solvent, precise with the ball, imposing in the exit and omnipresent in the court.

Jordi Alba (7): His irruptions on the left wing are synonymous with danger for his opponents. The more it appears, the better offensive solutions Spain finds to connect the auction, which is still in the team’s debit. In addition, it was also safe on defense.

Rodri (6): In the midfield, even without Sergio Busquets, he always fulfills his role, associated with his tactical handling, his passing precision and his rhythm control. An error in the delivery within the rival area, after a blunder in the auction, caused a counterattack of disturbing consequence until Jordi Alba solved it.

Cook (5): Notable last Monday against Sweden, this Saturday the Spanish midfielder lowered the level, located in the right interior, but less incisive with his passes, less present in the game, less decisive, with less arrival. Insubstantial, beyond its inalienable delivery. In minute 68 he was changed by Fabián Ruiz.

Pedri (6): Record of precocity in a European Championship with Spain, at 18 years old, with everything he has in his boots, in his second match as a starter in a European Championship, he goes too unnoticed many times in the game of Spain. He does not risk, he does not dare at all, he is not as conclusive as he should with the volume of play he assumes.

Gerard Moreno (5): The only change of eleven. Reduced to nothing in terms of goals against Sweden, he is the best scorer of the season at the disposal of Luis Enrique, who lined him up on the right wing. His was half a goal by Morata, for the assistance with which he found the striker, but he also crashed a decisive penalty 1-1 in the 58th minute at the post. The maximum penalty reduces his game.

Morata (6): “I’m phenomenal”, the Madrid striker, previously protected by Luis Enrique, settled the day before. Whistled at the premiere against Sweden, because he relapsed on the rival goal, this Saturday he resurfaced with a goal that ended with 398 minutes without scoring, with a good unmarking to beat the rival goal. Later the rejection of Gerard Moreno’s penalty failed. Again, with ups and downs.

Dani Olmo (5): On the left wing, with the skill, mobility and verticality of each movement of the attacker, he was the protagonist of the first time for Spain, a loose shot to the hands of the goalkeeper. It lacked more overflow. Active as always, but below last Monday’s game. He was replaced at the time of the meeting by Ferran Torres with 1-1 on the scoreboard of the clash.


Ferran Torres (5): In the 61st minute, it was Luis Enrique’s first recourse to remove a tied game. Outside of the eleven, when it is normally a fixed, the second best scorer of the current era, replaced Dani Olmo, although he could not change the course of the clash.

Fabian Ruiz (6): Entered in the 68th minute for Koke. He contributed at his entrance to the field for the final section.

Sarabia (6): It was the change in minute 68 by Gerard Moreno. A footballer trusted by Luis Enrique, who proposed the winning goal to Morata, although he did not hit the shot.

Oyarzabal (s.c): In the 87th minute, instead of Álvaro Morata, he entered as a last resort to seek victory. EFE

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