(Football news) In their Tuesday Euro qualifier, Spain had little trouble defeating Cyprus in Granada. The scorers for Spain’s rout of their opponents included Gavi, Mikel Merino, Joselu, Ferran Torres (2), and Alex Baena, who was making his international debut. Spain now has nine points after four games and is second in Group A thanks to their victory. Scotland leads the group with six points over Spain.
As they continued to humiliate Cyprus, a powerful Spain continued where they left off. Four goals were scored after the interval to give Luis de la Fuente’s team a 6-0 triumph as they defeated Georgia 7-1 on Friday night to make it two wins in a row heading into the international break.
From the first whistle on, La Roja occupied their opponent’s half, and Gavi’s goal after a cross from Nico Williams gave them a well-earned lead. After a sustained period of pressure, Mikel Merino scored with a header to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. From that point on, the question was by how much the hosts would win.
After the break, Cyprus showed a little more resolve and strengthened their defence with a few substitutions, but Joselu, another substitution, eventually broke down their line by nodding in a Carvajal cross, and three minutes later, Ferran Torres made it 4-0.
Just a minute after coming off the bench, debutant Alex Baena completed the scoring, and then Fernando Torres added his second goal to make it six for Spain. With a game left to play, the hosts have now cut the distance on Group A leaders Scotland to just six points. Although Joselu is really establishing himself by sitting on the bench, he would undoubtedly prefer to start international matches.
On his sixth outing for his nation, the striker, who is now on loan from Espanyol to Real Madrid for the current campaign, scored his fourth goal. Interestingly, every one of those strikes has been a replacement. He’s not exactly a horrible weapon to have available when you have Alvaro Morata in front of you.