Spain – Norway: Spain Have Total Control But Let Norway In The Game (2-1)
After being played off the pitch in the first half, Norway found more success after the break, using a man-oriented high press. Since Spain were ineffective in front of the goal the whole match, Norway were close to stealing some undeserved points, something Spain have only themselves to blame for.
Tactical analysis and match report by Max Bergmann.
After disappointing performances at the World Cup in Russia and in the Nations League, Spain had to find back their form. Even though recent performances have not been very impressive, Spain still have some of the best players in the world in their squad. Norway on the other hand were the clear underdog in this match. They have not been able to reach a World Cup or European Cup since 2000.
Spain manager Luis Enrique decided to line his team up in a 4-3-3 formation. With Sergio Busquets, Spain entailed a single pivot in midfield playing centrally behind two advanced midfielders. At the back, captain Sergio Ramos organised the back-four while Alvaro Morata took over the role as the only striker up front.
Veteran manager Lars Lagerbäck set his team up in his beloved 4-4-2 system. With two lines of four, Norway aimed at keeping a compact shape to defend the Spanish attacks. The strikers Joshua King and Tarik Elyounoussi were tasked to receive long balls in possession and threaten the opposition goal.
Spain's 4-3-3 formation in possession against Norway's 4-4-2 defensive shape.
Possession football is still alive
Spain were able to completely dominate Norway in the first half. The side of Enrique . . .