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This is a match of UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification, Group A – Matchday 7.
Kick off: 18:45 UTC Thursday Oct 12, 2023.
Referee: Serdar Gozubuyuk, Netherlands
Venue: Estadio de la Cartuja, Seville
Spain vs Scotland Full Match Reports
Scotland’s hopes of securing a spot in the 2024 UEFA European Championships took a hit as they suffered a 2-0 loss to Spain. The defeat came as Spain continued their remarkable unbeaten streak in Euros qualifiers, stretching it to 25 matches.
Scotland entered the match in an encouraging position, having won all five of their previous qualifiers and accumulating a perfect 15 points. Among these victories was an impressive win over Spain in March, which led to Spain’s midfielder Rodri expressing his criticism of Scotland’s style of play. Unfortunately for Scotland, their performance in the first half at the Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla did little to change Rodri’s opinion. Spain dominated possession, maintaining a staggering 78% hold over the ball, while Scotland struggled to produce a single shot on target.
In football, the final score is what truly matters, and despite their dominance, the hosts couldn’t change it in their favor before halftime. There were a few glimpses of opportunity – particularly when Ferran Torres missed a chance to score early on after being played through by Álvaro Morata. Additionally, Mikel Merino’s attempt hit the post. The only goal that was scored came when Morata was clearly in an offside position by a considerable margin as he poked the ball into the net. Therefore, Scotland appeared content with the goalless scoreline at halftime, even though the loss of captain Andy Robertson due to injury just before the break was undoubtedly a setback.
Knowing that Norway had a strong lead against Cyprus, Scotland understood that they couldn’t rely on help from other matches. However, after substitute Bryan Zaragoza and Morata missed opportunities, Scotland appeared to take the lead. Scott McTominay, who had scored all six of his international goals during this qualifying cycle, sent a remarkable free-kick into the net from a difficult angle. But VAR came into play, and after reviewing the situation on the pitchside monitor, referee Serdar Gözübüyük disallowed the goal due to Jack Hendry’s offside position and obstruction of Unai Simón.
In the end, the persistent pressure from Luis de la Fuente’s team paid off when Morata scored 16 minutes before the end. Spain’s captain, who had already scored 11 goals in 12 matches for his club and country this season, headed the ball into the bottom corner following a well-placed cross from Jesús Navas. Trailing now, Clarke’s team showed more attacking prowess than they had throughout the rest of the match, with Ché Adams and Scott Armstrong coming close to scoring. However, Spain secured the victory with a goal from Oihan Sancet. Despite the outcome, Scotland remains in a favorable position and needs just two points from their upcoming matches against Georgia and Norway to achieve their goal. Meanwhile, Spain remains two points clear in the top-two positions as they aim to secure their own qualification.
The Man of the Match was Álvaro Morata of Spain for his outstanding performance.