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Spain 2-1 Norway: Excellent but aimless football sees hosts narrowly win

Spain 2-1 Norway: Excellent but aimless football sees hosts narrowly win

In spite of creating 26 attempts and shotting 10 times on target, Luis Enrique’s side finished the match suffering due to their lack of effectivity.

Certainly, Spain showed weakness when defending and they conceded a soft penalty in one of the few chances managed by the visitors.

Nevertheless, there were many good news for the locals,  such as the performance done by the trio of midfielders Parejo, Ceballos and Busquets, who dictated the game tempo and helped the team to finish with a 67% of possession.

Besides, Jordi Alba and Jesús Navas were attacking permanently and precisely the Barcelona’s player assisted Rodrigo in the first goal. Then, him, Morata and Asensio missed many chances but they generally associated fluently between themselves.

Fortunately for Spain, Sergio Ramos converted a Panenka-style penalty to secure the three points just six minutes after Norway earned a draw. Indeed, it was a great match played by Spain but there is still room for improvement, especially in a defensive level and in front of goal.

The big nations don´t fail

Apart from Portugal, who was unable to score against Ukraine in spite of creating many opportunities, the rest of the favorites earned decent victories in their first matches.

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Thus, France destroyed Moldavia by 1-4 thanks to an excellent Griezmann, who scored the first and provided the second. Similarly, England showed their constant improvement beating the Czech Republic by 5-0 in a match where Sterling scored a hat-trick.

On the other hand, the Netherlands and Italy, who both missed the last World Cup, have recently been building up a team based on quality midfielders and started winning against Belarus and Finland, respectively.

Finally, Hazard guided once again Belgium and they got the three points after the Chelsea player scored twice in a hard-worked victory against Russia.