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Malta 0-2 Spain: Morata scores twice to earn the top spot in the group

Malta 0-2 Spain: Morata scores twice to earn the top spot in the group

Three days after creating 26 chances against Norway, Spain enjoyed similar statistics on yesterday match, thus producing 23 attempts, 18 shots and finishing with an 80% of possession.

Although the Spanish team weren’t as dynamic as against the Nordics,  they didn’t suffer to get the victory and the brace of Morata was definitive to put his team as the leaders of the group.

On the other hand, the game was quite unusual, mainly because Luis Enrique had to fly before the match due to a personal problem. Therefore, without him and just Sergio Ramos, Asensio and Morata in the line-up from the last match the Spanish performance was lowest than on Saturday.

Perhaps, the most positive aspect was to see the first goals from Morata with the national team since November of 2017. Having been a key player in the past and the top Spanish scorer in the Uefa Euro 2016, he missed the last World Cup as a consequence of a bad season with Chelsea.

Nowadays and especially since his arrival at Atletico Madrid, he is playing as in his best years with Real Madrid and Juventus. Certainly those are great news for the national squad.

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Netherlands 2-3 Germany: the visitors get their revenge

After being relegated at the UEFA Nations League in a group integrated by the Netherlands and France, Joachim Low’s team earned a last-gasp victory at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Precisely, in October of 2018, Germany lost in the same stadium by 3-0 against Ronald Koeman’s side, and one month later they draw 2-2 in the last game of the competition. Then, Virgil Van Dijk’s volley won the point needed to reach the top of the group instead of France.

But yesterday, it was Schulz, wearing the 14 in his shirt, the number that symbolizes Johan Cruyff, who scored the late goal in the stadium where the Ajax Amsterdam, Holland and Barcelona former player became a legend.

The renovation in the German team

The humiliation suffered at the World Cup, where they finished bottom of the group stage for their first time in the tournament history after being beaten by Mexico and South Korea, it raised a lot of criticism among the figure of Joachim Low and many key players.

Then, Germany was incapable to beat France and Netherlands at the UEFA Nations League, and the coach finally realized that he had to call new players to the national team.

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Significantly, from that match against the Netherlands played six months ago, Joachim Low dropped from the list three World Cup winners: Hummels, Boateng and Muller. In fact, he has stated clearly that he has no intention to name them again to represent the country.

Currently, players such as Goretzka, Sane, Gnabry and Kimmich should command the next German generation to put again the team in the position where it has been in the last 12 years apart from the last tournament, and that is reaching at least the semifinals of every competition.