Suara.com – Spain successfully won its second victory in the 2022 Group B World Cup Qualification for the European Zone after defeating Kosovo 3-1 at the Estadio Olímpico de la Cartuja, Thursday (1/4/2021) early morning Western Indonesian Time.
Quoting the official FIFA website, Spain controlled 81 percent of the ball and made 19 attempted goals, eight of which were aimed at the goal. In contrast, Kosovo was only once on target out of a total of three trials.
Spain took a 2-0 lead at half-time through Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres before being cut short by Big Halimi’s goal.
Gerard Moreno’s goal ensured three points for Spain, who simultaneously lead Group B with seven points from three matches or one point ahead of Sweden, who have just played twice in second place. Kosovo is bottom with no points.
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Spain got the first opportunity in the eighth minute through Alvaro Morata, who received a good pass from Jordi Alba in the penalty box, but Samir Ujkani could still push it.
In the 22nd minute, Morata wasted another chance after a close-range shot was suppressed by Ujkani.
Spain finally broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute. Starting from Jordi Alba’s pass to Olmo, the RB Leipzig midfielder then fired a shot into the top left corner which made Ujkani unable to move.
Two minutes later, Spain doubled the score with a quick counter-attack which was ended by Ferran Torres on the right. His shot at the far post could not be blocked by Ujkani. Score 2-0 for Spain.
Spain stepped on the gas from the start of the second half. One chance was obtained by Torres in the 52nd minute after receiving Morata’s attractive pass, but Ujkani was still able to brush it off.
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Distracted by continuing to attack, Spain came close to conceding in the 61st minute when an error at the back sent Lirim Kastrati past Eric Garcia.