Witness the complete replay and highlights of the epic clash between Cyprus and Spain. This showdown took place as part of the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification in Group A on Matchday 9. The game kicked off at 17:00 GMT on Thursday, November 16, 2023. The referee for this intense match was Mikola Balakin from Ukraine, and the venue was the renowned Alphamega Stadium in Kolossi. Don’t miss this thrilling encounter!
Cyprus vs Spain Full Match Reports
Spain asserted their dominance in Euro 2024 qualifying, securing their fifth consecutive victory with a comfortable 3-1 triumph over Cyprus at the Alphamega Stadium. This win elevated them as the undisputed leaders in Group A, establishing a two-point lead over Scotland.
Under the guidance of Luis de la Fuente, nine changes were made to the lineup that secured qualification against Norway. Only Gavi and Robin Le Normand retained their positions from the Oslo fixture. Nevertheless, the comprehensive changes had minimal impact on the encounter against the struggling Group A team. Spain took the lead in the fifth minute as Mikel Merino’s delivery across the box eluded Joselu, and Lamine Yamal, Spain’s youngest-ever player and goalscorer, demonstrated remarkable composure to slot the ball home.
In the 24th minute, Mikel Oyarzabal extended Spain’s advantage with an angled strike from Álex Grimaldo’s pass, a decision upheld after a VAR review overturned the initial offside call. Joselu furthered Spain’s lead in the 28th minute, capitalizing on Oyarzabal’s corner and heading in unmarked at the far post. The prospects of replicating their 6-0 victory in the reverse fixture seemed increasingly likely. However, the positive momentum for Spain was tempered by Oyarzabal’s injury, leading to his substitution by Rodrigo Riquelme, who made his senior debut before halftime.
Despite Spain’s dominant progression towards victory, the crowd in Limassol remained engaged, with a Mexican wave sweeping the stands. Riquelme sought to mark his debut with a goal, but his effort from the right flank went wide. Spain paid for a lapse in intensity as Cyprus crafted a well-worked goal, with Charalampos Charalampous delivering a perfectly-weighted pass to Kostas Pileas, who clinically reduced the deficit to two past David Raya.
However, the goal didn’t spark an unlikely comeback, and Spain extended their unbeaten run to seven matches across all competitions, tightening their grip on the top spot following Scotland’s 2-2 draw with Georgia. In contrast, Cyprus continued their dismal campaign, suffering their eighth consecutive defeat in Euro 2024 qualifying.
Player of the Match: Lamine Yamal (Spain).