Experience the exhilarating full replay and highlights of the Spain vs Georgia match.
KICK-OFF commencing at 19:45 (GMT) on the 19th of November, 2023
Officiated by the esteemed O. Hațegan
Venue: Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla
This electrifying showdown is part of Europe – UEFA European Championship Qualifiers, Group A, Season 2024
Spain vs Georgia Full Match Reports
A commanding 3-1 triumph over the visiting Georgia solidified Luis de la Fuente’s Spain in the first-place position in Group A, bringing their UEFA European Championships 2024 (ECQ) qualifying campaign to a gratifying conclusion.
Even with Spain’s secured spot at next year’s Euros for the eighth consecutive time, overcoming a resilient Scotland was imperative to confirm their place in Pot 1 for the group-stage draw. De la Fuente would have been pleased with a robust start, as Robin Le Normand nodded in Ferran Torres’ whipped free-kick within four minutes of kick-off.
However, the visitors’ standout player, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, took that early setback personally, swiftly equalizing after being set free through the heart of La Roja’s defense. Despite Georgia’s valiant efforts, Spain seized control of the brilliantly fast-paced game, with Giorgi Mamardashvili making a stellar save to deny Álvaro Morata and keep the scores level as the first half concluded.
Inevitably, La Roja’s forceful play, undefeated in their last 25 ECQ home games, collided with the visitors’ defensive line once again after the break. Unsurprisingly, the reigning UEFA Nations League holders reestablished their lead through Ferran Torres, who powered his header into the ground, eluding a helpless Mamardashvili.
Despite Georgia’s historical struggle to beat top-100 ranked sides on their ECQ travels, they displayed resilience, nearly securing another equalizer with Unai Simón making a crucial intervention against the onrushing Kvaratskhelia. In the end, Spain ensured there would be no replay of Georgia’s surprise away win in 2016, as Lamine Yamal’s cross deflected off defender Luka Lochoshvili for an unfortunate own goal.
It was a commendable performance for Georgia, who missed an opportunity to qualify for next summer’s tournament via Group A but now have a playoff chance in their pursuit of a first-ever major tournament appearance. Job done for the hosts, who will enter next summer’s tournament as one of the top seeds after securing an eighth successive win.
Man of the Match: Ferran Torres (Spain).