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Morata of my life!

It cost his. We are in the World Cup, yes, although we do it with discretion and not Warhol, with everyone turning their heads when the artist arrived at a party. It was suffered like few times, but Morata’s goal, when our stomach already hurt from so many nerves, tastes like glory. He arrived in 86 ‘and his significance makes him enter fully into the video library of great moments of the National Team. In a few years we will remember it, now let’s look at what awaits us in 2022 in Qatar. Pretty, very pretty.

Since I can remember, Spain has not missed a World Cup. The one from Germany 74 came to me when I was five years old and at that age not even Cruyff’s waist twists or Müller’s fang are etched in my memory. So the first thing to thank Luis Enrique and his boys is that the project has come to fruition. We are in Qatar, where Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France, Croatia, Serbia, Brazil and the host himself have already reserved a table. Once there, we just have to hope that Spain does not offer the face of La Cartuja, where perhaps the pressure of the stake gripped it, but that it knows how to compete against the greats as it did, without going any further, in the last Final Four of the Nations League.

Both in it and in the Eurocup or in the World Cup qualifying matches, Luis Enrique has made it clear that his is wardrobe fund and the rest is … nonsense. Against Sweden, for example, he decided to make six changes from the match in Athens. Only Laporte repeated in the rear, where Azpilicueta, Pau Torres and Jordi Alba were new. From then on, Busquets, Soler and Olmo also joined the team. In Sweden, Janne Andersson put words to the music that had been playing since the national team crashed in Georgia; that is, Kulusevski and Isak in attack to the detriment of Ibrahimovic. The criticism received by the Milan team pointed to this and in the mid-afternoon in Seville, with the Spanish fans wrapped in anoraks and the Swedes wearing Bermuda shorts, these rumors were confirmed. In Spain it was surprising that a player who came to the call-up due to the injury of another, De Tomás as a replacement for Ansu Fati, was the starter in the two games that were to serve as the key to Qatar. The experiment worked halfway in both encounters.

The first serious came with a thread from Sarabia that was stuck to the post (8 ‘). La Roja triangulated and their football was a delight. But Andersson did not lose his temper before or after the game started. In the previous one, because he traced the team that knocked down Spain in Solna. The only novelty was the central Nilsson. With the ball already in play, he reminded his players that only with glue, with the lines well together, could Spain win. And from that union came strength. He did it in a counterattack led by Forsberg whose shot (16 ‘) nearly beat Unai Simón. It was the first warning from the Leipzig midfielder, who on the brink of half-time starred in the clearest occasion on a volley that crossed too much. In the same way that Isak and Kulusevski turned on, De Tomás turned off and that was the worst news for a Selection that the rival order weighed on its boots. The break came with the feeling of bad body, we needed a jersey we did not know if it was November or because of the triangulations of Claesson, Forsberg, Kulusevski and Isak.

It was not for November, no, that was clear as soon as the second part began. In ’46, a gift from Azpilicueta was about to be taken advantage of by Isak. Fortunately, the de la Real was in one of those days when even in his walk we see him absent. His shot went through the roof, but it was enough to twist Luis Enrique’s gesture. Merino, Morata and Moreno warmed up. These last two entered in 59 ‘through Sarabia and De Tomás. Andersson immediately removed Forsberg (thank you, coach) and Kulusevski. Half an hour ahead, a new scenario and Ibrahimovic biting his nails on the bench.

In 73 ‘his moment arrived. He replaced Isak and from that moment on, no one took their eyes off what that giant was doing with the eleven on his back. Fortunately for La Roja, Zlatan was late for an appointment that towards the end painted how Sweden dreamed the night before at the concentration hotel. Minute 80 and 0-0. Time to squeeze, to go upstairs. But just when that arreon came, Olmo and his missile came out of nowhere. A shot that repelled the crossbar after touching Olsen and that was taken advantage of by Morata, who controlled and delicately raised above the Swedish goal. It was the 86th minute and it meant The End. The final push from Sweden was of no use, which threw character. The playoffs awaited the Nordics and La Roja, the World Cup. For awards like that this whole adventure began.

Lead your team and compete against your friends

Spain

  • 23
    Unai Simon






  • 3
    Pau Torres







  • 18
    Sunrise






  • 2
    Azpilicueta






  • fifteen
    Laporte







  • 5
    Busquets







  • 10
    Carlos Soler




    (72 ‘)



  • 9
    Pablo Páez Gavira




    (89 ‘)




  • twenty-one
    Dani Olmo




    (89 ‘)




  • 22
    Sarabia




    (58 ‘)



  • eleven
    From Thomas




    (59 ‘)



  • Dock
  • 6
    Llorente






  • 1
    From Gea






  • 16
    Rodrigo




    (89 ‘)



  • 12
    Brais





    (89 ‘)


    SC
  • 17
    Merino




    (72 ‘)



  • 13
    Robert Sanchez






  • 19
    Rodrigo




    (59 ‘)


    SC
  • 7
    Morata





    (58 ‘)




  • 8
    Koke






  • 14
    Gayá






  • 4
    Brahim diaz






  • twenty
    Dani carvajal






Sweden

  • 1
    Robin olsen






  • 2
    Krafth





    (84 ‘)



  • 3
    Nilsson-Lindelöf







  • 18
    Joakim nilsson






  • 6
    Augustinsson







  • 10
    Forsberg




    (62 ‘)




  • 8
    Ekdal






  • 7
    Claesson






  • twenty
    Olsson







  • 9
    Isak




    (72 ‘)



  • twenty-one
    Dejan Kulusevski




    (63 ‘)



  • Dock
  • 14
    Daniel sundgren






  • 12
    Pontus Dahlberg






  • 4
    Alexander Milosevic






  • 16
    Jesper karlsson






  • 19
    Mathas svanberg




    (62 ‘)



  • 5
    Olsson




    (84 ‘)


    SC
  • fifteen
    Magnus eriksson






  • 23
    Nordfeldt






  • 13
    Oscar lewicki






  • 17
    Jens cajuste






  • eleven
    Ibrahimovic





    (72 ‘)



  • 22
    Quaison




    (63 ‘)



Changes

Morata (58 ‘, Sarabia), Rodrigo (59 ‘, From Tomás), Mathas svanberg (62 ‘, Forsberg), Quaison (63 ‘, Dejan Kulusevski), Ibrahimovic (72 ‘, Isak), Merino (72 ‘, Carlos Soler), Olsson (84 ‘, Krafth), Brais (89 ‘, Dani Olmo), Rodrigo (89 ‘, Pablo Páez Gavira)

Cards

Krafth (76 ‘, Yellow) Brais (90 ‘, Yellow

Classification

B Group

PT

Pj

PG

PE

PP

1

19 8 6 1 1
2

fifteen 8 5 0 3
3

10 8 2 4 2
4

7 8 2 1 5
5




5 8 1 2 5

B Group

PT

Pj

PG

PE

PP

1

19 8 6 1 1
2

fifteen 8 5 0 3
3

10 8 2 4 2
4

7 8 2 1 5
5




5 8 1 2 5

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