Spain Not a convincing showing in Norway
It was a night of mixed emotions for Spain in Oslo as Sergio Ramos celebrated a new appearances record, as they took the lead against Norway through Saul and as a late Joshua King penalty meant the match finished in a 1-1 draw.
Spain still have to wait to mathematically qualify for Euro 2020, but they’ll be there barring some kind of footballing miracle.
Can they win it, though? That’s another question…
The first mission is almost complete, that of making it to next summer’s tournament.
Then the hard bit comes and there are months ahead in which Robert Moreno will need to try to bring this squad to the level of the other contenders.
There are doubts over this Spain team, with lots of auditions going on right now for spots in the squad.
Can Moreno find the formula to win a first major tournament since Euro 2020?
Saul started out as the hero of the Luis Enrique era, before disappearing and having a tough time of it at club level.
He has returned now and was impressive in Spain‘s midfield three, plus he scored a good goal against Norway.
Sergio Ramos made his 168th Spain appearance in this match, to overtake Iker Casillas‘ previous caps record.
He’ll keep adding to that total, although not on Tuesday against Sweden as he has picked up a suspension.
Martin Odegaard had a couple of nice moments on the ball and also without it.
He was his side’s leader and will hope to one day lead them to a major tournament.
Dani Ceballos went missing in this one, as he was hardly on the ball.
He was the first player taken off by Moreno.
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