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Spain played a game against Kosovo in which precision was lacking, but which ended in the best possible way. Spain did not play badly, but not well either. That means that the 0-2 victory was a fair result because La Roja deserved to win, but did not deserve to do it comfortably. Those of Luis Enrique leave Kosovo unscathed and grown, although more for the classification than for what was offered on the grass.
Fornals, the best on the field of play, was the one who contributed the most from the left wing during the first half, in which, in addition, he scored a goal with his left foot that served to add three vital points. It was difficult for Spain to find gaps in a dense defense and against a rival who came two or three times clearly against Unai, another of the party’s highlights.
Then Ferran Torres, another of those who always contributes (and a lot) closed the victory with a goal from outside the area which had to be reviewed for a possible offside by the VAR.
Qualification for the World Cup in Qatar is once again in the hands of Spain
UNAI SIMÓN, CONNECTED (8)
Before Fornals opened the scoring, Kosovo twice arrived in his area with virtually no opposition. Very attentive, he defeated the danger by showing solvency and concentration. He saved the tie with ten from the end with a great hand.
LLORENTE, MINIMIZED (6)
After his great game against Georgia, Luis Enrique returned to place him on the side, where he lost effectiveness and his contribution dropped. Despite this, he sought to be important in the team from a less important position. He went up to the center of the field the last half hour, although the dynamics were already difficult to change.
LAPORTE, POWERFUL (6)
He corrected, played, suffered Iñigo Martínez and sweated to maintain his composure. It was not easy to recover from such a gift for Kosovo, but the center-back was always serious, giving security to a somewhat inconsistent defense.
IÑIGO MARTÍNEZ, TRÉMULO (4)
He made unforgivable mistakes that, against a powerful opponent in attack, would undoubtedly have meant goals against. Kosovo only benefited from his indecisions, although, fortunately, without success.
REGUILÓN, UNDECIDED (5)
Neither one nor the other. He lacked the courage to overwhelm Kosovo by the band and greater forcefulness to bet on the defense without fissures. Their input was scant, inconsistent, and unproductive.
BUSQUETS, OFFICIAL (5)
Attentive to everything that was happening around him, he dedicated himself to exercising as a midfielder without risking, trying not to lose balls and stopping the rival from his zone. You have to ask him for more because he has football to bore.
KOKE, PICAPEDRERO (5)
Released from the start of defensive tasks, he reached out to provide greater circulation of the ball in areas close to the Kosovo area. There were few spaces and it was difficult to find gaps.
CARLOS SOLER, STRESSED (5)
He did not shine as in the two previous meetings, although he started Fornals’ goal with a pass to Morata. He always contributes, although he ended up replaced. He was surrounded at all times by rivals and so it costs a lot.
FERRAN TORRES, SOLVENT (7)
One of those footballers who always contributes, who understands the game and who, wherever he plays, knows exactly what to do. Wasn’t it your best game? No. Should you always play? Yes. He agreed with this argument when he closed the scoring with a shot from outside the area. Big.
MORATA, CAGED (7)
When the goal is not everything, Morata is there to dignify the office of the center forward. He worked tirelessly and without asking for anything in return for the team. The ball came out of his boots for Fornals to open the scoring. What you don’t see is sometimes a lot, especially when a whole country surrounds you.
FORNALS, GROWN (8)
It is not only the goal, that too. It’s everything he did before and after. He did not stop, he did not give a lost ball, he took over the left wing and pushed his teammates towards the rival goal. A very brave Fornals game that was crowned with a great goal.
ADAMA, COMPRESSIVE (6)
He played the last half hour and his role was, with the score in favor, to put Kosovo in his area. He complied because his presence served to force the local defense to intensify its functions. Despite this, he added a lot.
AZPILICUETA, NECESSARY (6)
Especially for Llorente to step forward and return to the center of the field, where his football grows and gains nuances that improve the Spanish team.
SARABIA, SOBER (5)
He entered through Morata, very worn, to bring freshness, lungs and legs. He did not finish giving everything that had been asked of him.
ALBIOL, REFRESH (-)
He left the last eight minutes and was able to celebrate Ferran Torres’ goal on the pitch.
MIKEL MERINO, CONSISTENT (-)
From the center of the field he contributed block and granite in the last minutes.