Álvaro Morata. Photo: Reuters
The European Championship
Malta – Spain – 0:2 (0:1)
Goals: Morata, 31 (0:1). Morata, 73 (0:2).
Malta: Bonello, Caruana (Micallef, 85), Borg, Fenech, Zerafa, Dom Mintoff (Mifsud, 69), Z. Muscat, Guillaumier, Nwoko Mbong (R. Muscat, 65), Carbolan.
Spain: Arrizabalaga, Sergio Ramos, Bernat (Iker Muniain, 56), Jose Gaya, Hermoso, Canales, Saul (Jesús Navas, 65), Sergi Roberto, Asensio, Hernandez, Morata (Rodrigo, 78).
Warning: Corbalan, 72.
Referee: Dallas (Scotland).
March 26. TA Kali. Stadium “Ta’ Qali National Stadium”.
Beating the Norwegians at home (2:1) at the start of the selection at Euro 2020, the Spaniards went on a visit to Malta.
Easy walk, which many expected, did not work – left by Luis Enrique (head coach left the national team due to “family matters high importance”), “Furia Roja” had unsuccessfully attacked the hosts ‘ penalty area, while Morata did not open, finally the score in the match.
Malta, won a few days ago, the first victory in official games in 12 years (2:1 against the Faroe Islands), did her best, but after a few misses of Saule of the most beneficial moments of justice in relation to the more strong has been restored.
Atlético Madrid forward scored a goal in each half, raising his own bar in the team scoring up to 15 goals and Spain won for Lucho – as promised before the game the captain of the Spaniards Sergio Ramos. “The family is sacred. Know that we are with you until death and today will win for you,” wrote the defender.
By the way, for Ramos the meeting against Malta became the 163rd in the national team shirt – on this indicator it concedes only to Casillas (167 matches). Most likely, a new record in Spain will be installed this year.
Yegor BYCHKOV, Sport-Express