Spain 2-0 Scotland: Morata and Sancet Secure Big Win
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Spain 2-0 Scotland: Morata and Sancet Secure Big Win

In a crucial UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying match, Spain secured a 2-0 victory over group leaders Scotland with late second-half goals from captain Alvaro Morata and Oihan Sancet. Scotland, who had previously defeated Spain 2-0 earlier in the year, were leading the group, putting pressure on the Spanish team. Scotland had a goal disallowed and suffered an injury to Andy Robertson in a tense match.

Scotland will have to wait to book their place at Euro 2024, as their 100% start to the qualifying campaign came to an end after suffering a controversial 2-0 defeat to Spain in Seville.

La Roja dominated from the off, but after Ferran Torres and Alvaro Morata wasted two glorious openings, they generally found it tough to break down a visiting side who defended deep, often with 11 men behind the ball.

That meant Luis de la Fuente’s side had to be patient in their build-up, which they were in an attack that led to Mikel Merino rattling the woodwork just before half-time.

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Things didn’t get any easier for Spain after the break, when they should have been hit by a suckerpunch when Scott McTominay’s sublime free-kick found the top corner, but it was harshly ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper.

That seemed to give the hosts a lift, and they duly took the lead when Morata converted from Jesus Navas’ cross, before Ryan Porteous tackled Oihan Sancet in the area, only for the ball to hit the forward and bobble in.

Spain 2-0 Scotland: Morata and Sancet Secure Big Win

TALKING POINT – Scotland don’t get the rub of the green
This was a night when a significant number of refereeing decisions went against Scotland, none more so than the goal that got disallowed on the hour mark.

The strike from Scott McTominay was worthy of winning any game, but the officials weren’t happy with it because Jack Hendry gently brushed up against goalkeeper Unai Simon, who barely even bothered to try and jump to stop the ball sailing over his head.

There was some confusion as to why the goal was ruled out; perhaps for offside, if not for a foul, but even so, If that’s the type of contact that counts as a foul now, we may as well pack it in.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Ryan Porteous (Scotland)

Spain may have won this game, but there’s no doubting that the most impressive performances came from the Scottish players, none more so than Ryan Porteous.

The 24-year old was near faultless as one of three central-defenders, putting in a huge shift to keep the likes Morata, Torres and Oyarzabal quiet.

Moreover, on the infrequent occasions when Steve Clarke’s team ventured forward, Andy Robertson was effective at both ends of the pitch. It’s worth mentioning his exceptional block to deny Joselu’s late shot.

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