In Madrid, the hosts left no chance against Italy and has effectively promoted to the final tournament of the world championship.
SPAIN – ITALY – 3:0 (2:0)
Goals: ISCO, 14 (1:0). ISCO, 40 (2:0). Morata, 77 (3:0).
Spain: De GEA, Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pique, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Koke, Silva, Iniesta (Morata, 72), ISCO (Villa 89), Asensio (Saul, 78).
Italy: Buffon, Darmian, Bonucci, Barzagli, Spinazzola, Candreva (Bernardeschi, 70), Verratti, De Rossi, Insigne, Belotti (Eder, 70), Immobile (Gabbiadini, 78).
Warning: Verratti, 4. Bonucci, 12.
Referee: Kuipers (Holland).
2 Sep. Madrid. The Stadium “Santiago Bernabeu”.
Rioja or Valpolicella? Paella or risotto? Almodovar or Sorrentino? Cultural and gastronomic disputes between Spain and Italy can last forever, but even they are not so long as disputes over football.
By Saturday evening two national teams held each other 36 matches – most of the Spaniards did not meet with anyone from the Italians the same number of games against the French. The balance was maintained almost perfect – 10 wins Spain, 11 – Italy, 15 draws.
Of course, in the history of confrontation has accumulated many noteworthy matches. Special feelings in Italy was to cause and location of the game. It is on “Santiago Bernabeu” 11 Jul 1982 in blue t-shirts of the Italians fell for the third star world Champions – and this Saturday the “Squadra Azzurra” for the first time since that memorable evening returned to the main stadium in the Spanish capital.
WHISTLING IN THE EARS
The special place of the “Santiago Bernabeu” is for many players of the Spanish national team – in the first place, it is, of course, about the players of real Madrid. But Barcelona Gerard Pique, for example, Madrid always brings a range of emotions – like Peak at Madrid. Defender of the blue-pomegranate with extremely radical views on the relationship of Catalonia with the rest of Spain and do not hesitate to Express them publicly, are accustomed to hearing the whistle in his address to almost any Spanish stadium outside Barcelona.
Before the game with Italy it was noticed by many respondents, the players of “Furia Roja”. Carvajal, for example, said: “If the Peak of the Boo – Boo all of us”, Ramos added: “the Peak was and remains an important player in our team, but the whistle will not help”. The words of captain convinced nobody – whenever the ball got to the Catalonian crowd that overflowed disapproving trill.
THE RETURN OF OLD LEGENDS…
Was and remains an important player for the Spanish football in General and the best scorer in the history of the national team – David Villa. Three years Spain have not seen “El Guaje” t-shirt “Furia Roja” – his last match (No. 97) and last goal (No. 59) for the national team occurred on the final play of the Spaniards against Australia in the Brazilian world Cup.
After that Villa missed the entire qualifying campaign and final tournament of EURO 2016, the first 6 rounds of the current selection – and yet one morning his phone rang so loud that the whole world learned about a new call to the national team. David – 35, but Julen lopetegui, knew ahead of the decisive match in which experience could be more necessary and more important than youthful daring.
…AND THE BIRTH OF A NEW
However, Villa came on at the end of the meeting, with the score 3:0 in favor of the home – stead to score in this match was destined to others. It is symbolic that “El Guaje” had replaced the main character of the game ISCO, the Creator desired result and perhaps a new legend “Furia Roja”, which it has yet to become. His two goals in the first half and the goal Morata in the second brought the Spaniards a much-needed win – the 2018 world Cup was three steps closer.
An impressive unbeaten run of the hosts continues – 70 matches in a row they score points in the qualifier for the world Championships (March 31, 1993, after 0:1 from the Danes in Copenhagen). But the Italians will now lead a new countdown – 2 September 2017 in the 57th game of their qualifying race in two tournaments (30 – Euro, 26 – for the world Cup from September of 2006 after 1:3 in Paris) unbeaten was stopped. 35 years Madrid was a symbol of great victory for generations of Italian fans. We have to admit – back to the “Santiago Bernabeu” left”, Italy squadra Azzurra” a failure.
Yegor BYCHKOV, Sport-Express