Spain closes in on top spot with Cyprus win

Soccer Football - UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifier - Group A - Cyprus v Spain - Alphamega Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus - November 16, 2023 Spain's Joselu and Ferran Torres celebrate with a young fan after the match REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

On Thursday, Spain cruised to a 3-1 victory away against Cyprus, moving them closer to securing the top position in their Euro 2024 qualification Group A. Cyprus was the team they faced.

Due to the win, they now have 18 points, two more than the team in second place, Scotland, who had already qualified and were held to a 2-2 tie in Georgia. Scotland still has one game to play.

Spain’s national team manager, Luis de la Fuente, gave several regular starters a day off before the match against Cyprus. As a result, the locals hardly bothered his second-string team, and in the fifth minute, 16-year-old Lamine Yamal opened the scoring from close range with a superb effort after gliding past a defender and the goalkeeper.

“When I saw the goalkeeper in front of me, I took a backwards path until I was by myself.” “Glad to be of assistance to the team and working toward such an admirable objective,” added Yamal.

It was Yamal’s second goal for Spain after the Barcelona wonderkid became the country’s youngest international and goalscorer at 16 and 57 days old when he made his debut away to Georgia in their Euro 2024 qualifier in September. It was Yamal’s second goal for Spain after he became the country’s youngest international goalscorer.

Mikel Oyarzabal, the captain of Real Sociedad, scored a goal with a neat finish beneath the goalkeeper’s knees in the 22nd minute to increase his team’s lead. However, he had to wait for confirmation from the video assistant referee (VAR) because his attempt was first ruled out for a suspected offside.

Six minutes later, Real Madrid striker Joselu scored the third goal for Spain with a first-touch finish off of a corner kick. At this time, Spain was cruising over their weak opponents, who were currently in last place with nil points after eight matches.

After the halftime break, the away team pulled their foot off the gas pedal, which allowed Kostas Pileas to score the consolation goal for the home team on a counterattack late in the second half.

“To play football is very difficult, and it’s difficult to win comfortably, scoring many goals,” De La Fuente said.

We must always be focused since our rival is also playing, and they want to do well in front of their supporters.

We did not play as well in the second half as we did in the first, and as the game went on, they were able to create some scoring opportunities for themselves. That is a lesson that each of us ought to learn.”

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