Spain – Scotland: Scots Submit To Spanish Stronghold (2-0)
Spain shouldered on in this campaign with their faith in a robust record for qualifiers on home turf. However, their guests have got into the habit of throwing favorites out of rhythm and were in no mood to roll over. Indeed, the fairytale could have continued, but the hinges of a sliding doors moment went the way of the more dominant outfit to stall Scottish success— for now.
Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.
Scotland startled the Spanish with a rousing performance at Hampden Park at the end of March. Their two goal victory, along with a three minute turnaround away in Norway, is part of a flawless record to this point in the group. Fifteen points from five outings have created a six point buffer at the top of the standings. If the hosts could not bring their unbeaten run to an end, the prize would be the assurance of their qualification to the EUROs for a second edition in a row— and with some room to spare.
The last twelve months have marked a year of restlessness in Spain. Once Luis Enrique parted ways with the federation, Luis de la Fuente has been working to get his feet under the table, while success from the women at the World Cup only illuminated how the squad has suffered behind the scenes. The dominant reaction has been to turn away from politics and back to affairs on the field. Victory in the
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