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Spain hit Ukraine with record Ansu Fati / Nations League

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 6, 2020

Against Ukraine, Luis Enrique had decided to make 6 changes compared to the eleven who had snatched the draw in Germany two days ago. Reguilón, Rodri, Merino, Dani Olmo, Gerard Moreno and especially Ansu Fati started the game this Sunday evening. The young Barça striker would need half an hour to make history and three minutes, incidentally, to get a penalty converted by his captain Sergio Ramos (1-0). After an intergenerational “abrazo”, Fati, Ramos and La Roja set out again to attack. The young Barça’s wisp stood out on several opportunities (including an unsuccessful acrobatic kickback), but it was the Real defender who doubled the lead in the 29th minute with a lobed header following a service from Dani Olmo. Fati’s hour came a few moments later (32nd). The virtuoso of Barça became the youngest scorer in the history of the Spanish selection at 17 years and 311 days after a chain hook, strikes in the small opposite net for the 3-0. 3-0, the score at rest against a Ukrainian team completely overwhelmed by events.

La Roja eased off a little in the second half by obtaining fewer opportunities, but continued to be episodically dangerous, as on the hour mark, when Olmo offered himself a nice roll from the right of the area which requested a Pyatov at the height and again put to contribution by Moreno a few minutes later (66th). Ukraine conceded fewer opportunities, but abandoned any attempt at attack and the pace of the match suffered. With a quarter of an hour to go, Oscar was attempting a deflected shot by Pyatov which hit the visitors bar. But it was Ferran Torres, who came into play a few minutes earlier, who was going to weigh down the mark (84th) by taking a flat footed ball badly repelled by the opposing defense (4-0). Nothing was going to be marked in this meeting. Spain convinced by suffocating Ukraine and Ansu Fati had a dream night. In view of its potential glimpsed this evening, it is probably not the last.

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