Spain’s first half performance cost them dearly in their 3-2 defeat this evening at the hands of England as Luis Enrique suffered his first defeat as La Roja coach.
Enrique made 8 changes to the team that played Wales last Thursday and this seemed to backfire as it seemed he was neglecting the players that were on form club and country with the likes of current Bundesliga top goal scorer Paco Alcácer omitted from the starting eleven.
While Spain dominated possession England were incisive on the counter-attack with Raheem Sterling scoring either side of Marcus Rashford’s effort to put the visitors 3-0 up within half an hour.
Alcácer was finally introduced in the 57th minute and it only took the ex Barcelona striker a minute to get his name on the score sheet. Dani Ceballos and Alvaro Morata also came on to try and rescue the game but it was too little too late, though Captain Sergio Ramos did score on the verge of full time making the score a bit more respectable, Despite England’s win, Spain remain top of Group A4 having won their first two games.
This should not take away from the fact that Spain had never previously conceded three times in a competitive match at home and this is their first defeat in a competitive home fixture for 15 years.