Spain vs Albania 3-0 – All Goals & Extended Highlights – 06/10/2017 HD
Goals: Rodrigo Moreno 16′, Isco Alarcon 23′, Thiago 26′.
World Cup Euro Qualifiers – Group G
Spain vs Albania
7:45pm Friday 6th October
Jose Rico Perez
Spain can officially start to looking for accommodation in Russia for the summer of 2018 after putting paid to Albania with an emphatic first half display. Despite the controversy surrounding the game, the team and various members of the squad and their political views in the build-up, Spain looked as well-drilled and incisive as ever in the game that finally sent them on their way to the World Cup.
Julen Lopetegui opted for Rodrigo to lead the line following an impressive start to the league season with his club. He has scored four in seven games for Valencia so far and it took him just 16 minutes to open his account for Spain.
He took down a chipped Isco pass in the box, and sent it back across his body on the half volley. It was unorthodox but effective and caught Etrit Berisha off guard in Albania’s goal.
Just eight minutes later and Isco had made it two. A lovely move involving Piqué,Silva, the mightily impressive debutant Odriozola, Koke and finally Isco as he drove to the roof of the net.
Thiago drove a header to the back of the net from Odriozola’s perfect cross and Spain had not one but two feet in Russia. There was no looking back from a three-goal lead with Spain playing such attacking and convincing football.
The second half involved chances for Spain but they failed to truly convince that they weren’t content with the lead. Rodrigo came close twice and might have done better as he snapped at his two chances set up nicely by Silva and Koke.
The biggest news from a far tamer second half was Piqué, the figure at the centre of debate in Spain at the moment, was booked and will miss the trip to Isreal on Monday.
Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Alvaro Morata were all missing from Lopetegui’s starting team but this game proved that those knocking on the door can both get them to Russia and will be capable of some fireworks if given the chance once they’re there.
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