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They messed around, this is not football for me – Rodri on the Scots

They messed around, this is not football for me – Rodri on the Scots

As reported, Scott McTominay’s double helped Scotland beat Spain 2-0 in the second round of Euro 2024 qualifiers. After the match, the Spaniards looked for reasons for the defeat. According to David Garcia, the grass was too long, while according to Rodri, provoking the opponent was the main problem.

According to Rhodri, the Scots provoked them (Photo: Getty Images)

According to the Opta website, which specializes in statistics, the Spanish national team lost only one match out of 38 qualifying matches for the European Championship before that, in October 2014 against Slovakia. Another run of matches was also interrupted, with the last time they failed to score being in a European Championship qualifier in October 2006, during a 2-0 defeat to Sweden.

Defeat by two goals is also rare in the life of Spaniards. In 2016, they lost to Italy by at least two goals. If we look at the European qualifiers, we have to go back even further, to the previously mentioned 2006 meeting against Sweden.

After the clash, the Spanish were disappointed. Luis de la Fuente The national team captain changed eight positions in the winning starting lineup against the Norwegians. “It’s a painful defeat, but analyzing the match, I saw that we did it to get a better result. So I’m trying to focus on the positives, but there is still a lot of work ahead of us.”The appointed specialist was announced after the World Cup in Qatar.

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One of the best Spaniards is a debutant David Garcia There was a person who, despite the defeat, was happy with his ability to present himself in the national team. According to the Osasuna defender, the grass caused them difficulties. He added: “We saw before the match that the grass was too high and it ended up costing us a lot. But we can’t make excuses, we have to deal with ourselves and fix what didn’t work.” Quoted by Garcia Marka.

Manchester City midfielder Rhodri He stated bitterly after the match: “The way they played… they ruined everything. They were constantly wasting time, provoking us, throwing themselves at us. This is not football for me.”

European Championship qualifiers
Second round

the group
Scotland – Spain 2-0 (1-0)
Glasgow. g: McTominay (7, 51)

previously
Georgia – Norway 1-1
(0-1)
Batumi. g: Mikautadze (61) or Sorloth (15.)

The position of the first group
1. Scotland 2 2 5-0 +5 6
2. Spain 2 1 1 3-2 +1 3
3. Norway 2 1 1 1-4 -3 1
4. Georgia 1 1 1-1 0 1
5. Cyprus 1 1 0 to 3 -3 0

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