A most pedestrian Greece left a very stiff Spain sounded, only shaken at the end by Bryan Gil. Insufficient. The foreseeable selection of Luis Enrique, without spark, without fluency, was tied by an opponent limited to a lot in front of his goalkeeper. Bakasetas responded to a goal from Morata by transforming a penalty that would give much debate. It won't be an alibi. Nor that Greece was a defensive squad. There will be many rivals that will be planted in this way against La Roja in this qualifying phase for the World Cup in Qatar . Spain had plenty of confusion and lacked resources.
There are parties and parties. Of all the colors. Good, average and bad. Or very bad. Even clumsy, as it was for an hour this Spain-Greece, encounter of shocking nuances. A Red for White versus a Blue Hellenic selection. A bluff Greece, because the previous speech of its coach, the Dutch Van't Schip, had nothing to do with it. What if creativity, what if the locks are no longer worth it. Wordiness.
Spain Unai Simón, Gayá, Sergio Ramos (Íñigo Martínez, min. 45), Marcos Llorente, Eric Garcia, Canales (Bryan Gil Salvatierra, min. 64), Rodrigo, Koke (Thiago, min. 71), Ferrán Torres (Oyarzabal, min. 71), Dani Olmo (Pedri, min. 64) and MorataGreciaVlachodimos, Konstantinos Tsimikas (Kyriakopoulos, min. 79), Papadopoulos, Michalis Bakakis, Tzavelas, Zeca, Bouchalakis, Giorgos Masouras (Fortounis, min. 64 Fortounis, min. ), Dimitris Limnios (Manolis Siopis, min. 45), Petros Mandalos (Christos Tzolis, min. 45) and Bakasetas (Georgios Giakoumakis, min. 77) Goals1-0 min. 32: Morata. 1-1 min. 56: Bakasetas. Yellow cards Íñigo Martínez (min. 54), Zeca (min. 80) and Georgios Giakoumakis (min. 82)
The Greek team sent from the warm-up to those Pleistocene teams that were hooded and hooded up to the eyebrows. Opposite, a very particular Spain. Things of Luis Enrique and his amendments. The same thing is that there are those who join the letter (the recently rehabilitated Ramos) or who are recruited for the title when they have spent months in the dark room of their club (Eric García, the very substitute of City). And if there is a midfielder with more goals than anyone else (Marcos Llorente), then he moves away from the goal to be a winger, since among 24 summoned only one right-back (Porro) was mentioned. And if there are two players at the top (Pedri and Alba), then to the waiting room. For better or for worse it is the football of the coaches. There is no single recipe. As proof: from the outset, a player from Madrid and none from Barça. Other times
Times that initially did not go well for Spain. A delinquent selection with the ball, without a will. Everything was an ordinary swing in front of the ultra defensive Greece. La Roja was a tostón, of sosaina chatter with the ball. Not a bit of grace. Nobody ventured into space, every Spaniard wanted the ball at the foot. Pure anesthesia. Not a bizarre who gave a race, who improvised, who threw a dribble. A robot Spain until Koke met with Morata and the Juventus striker had the only grace of the Granada night: a touch of the chest and a categorical shot with his left foot. Just before, Dani Olmo had smashed a whip on the crossbar. An alarm clock for a selection reduced until then to yawn. With Ramos, erratic until his relief at halftime after adding his 179th cap – five of the Egyptian Hassan world record that the Andalusian is looking for at all costs – and Eric García at the forefront of the maneuvers, the Red had no thread. The town criers did not appear —Canales, Koke, Rodri—, they did not air the ends —Ferran, Olmo— and the sides — Llorente and Gayá— did not have protocol. After a game to bore and a second of glory, that of Morata's goal, the clash went to the halftime truce without anyone deserving a clap.
Once his wish was fulfilled, Ramos did not return, relieved by Iñigo Martínez, accidental protagonist in Visitor's first look at the Unai area. The Athletic center-back flopped the ball against Masouras, but his left boot slammed into the Greek's leg. By inertia or with intention? Martinez will know. As much as these posters elucidate a World Cup classification, the leaders of world football do not pay the VAR. In the old way, the referee instinct was enough, no matter how much the judge thought about it for a few seconds. It does not matter. Not infrequently the VAR has lacked instinct.
Bakasetas' draw, who executed the penalty without regard, made Luis Enrique intervene. Spain, the Spain of glanders, urgently required a rattle. Or two: Pedri and Bryan Gil. Both debuted after the hour. Two scholarship holders, already graduated this course in the elite on the run, to the rescue.
With Bryan Gil at least there was some stir. A cornet on the left side with the impudence that Spain had not had. A footballer without parentheses, always fast, direct, sharp. Of course, with the ball at the foot. It still does not track play into space, receive into the void. Grecia was barely peeking into midfield when a couple of Gil's forays put her on alert. Period in which Morata caught a head butt and Oyarzabal did not reach a center in Gayá by a thumb. Bryan lacked Pedri, as Pedri – marked the man – lacked Bryan. Both did not meet despite occupying the left perimeter of the attack. Two opposite speeds. Bryan plays with skates. Pedri is a joint. He has a lying pause: his legs do not fly, but the ball to his boots.
A slipstream from Bryan, and before the adverse scoreboard, Spain was encouraged in the last stretch. Another Spain, Llorente's row that row in attack, Bryan's. It so happens that that game, the one at the end, the only one that La Roja really played, was short, very short, for Luis Enrique's group. From 6-0 to Germany to 1-1 with Greece. Quite a disappointment. Much to review.
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