Spain suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Ukraine in Tuesday’s Nations League clash as Luis Enrique’s side sustained a dissatisfied go back to the scene of among their best triumphs.
There were around 20,000 followers inside Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, the venue where La Roja won Euro 2012 to cover an unprecedented four-year spell of supremacy.
Spain had less to celebrate this moment, however, as goalkeeper Georgi Bushchan made eight saves to maintain Luis Enrique’s side at bay prior to Viktor Tsygankov capitalised on some slack focus at the back to rack up the winner 14 minutes from time.
Spain continue to be leading of their group however there will certainly be plenty to bet when the competitors returns to following month.
Bushchan toppled a header from Rodrigo Moreno as Spain began positively, as well as Ansu Fati should have done more than shoot right at the caretaker after Sergio Canales nudged the ball right into his path.
Bushchan obtained fingertips to a Sergio Ramos free-kick, refuting the protector a goal to note his 175th global look, the exact same number as seasoned Italy caretaker Gianluigi Buffon.
Ukraine had just 21 per cent of the ball in the first half as well as hardly got near David de Gea’s goal, however they should have taken the lead early in the 2nd, Oleksandr Zubkov dragging a shot well broad after Serhiy Sydorchuk put him clean through.
Ferran Torres as well as Mikel Oyarzabal came on to freshen the Spain attack, but it was Rodri who next came closest, whistling a reduced shot just wide of the left-hand article from the side of the location.
Bushchan remained big to refute Oyarzabal from close range as well as Ferran adhering to a dazzling run, prior to his kick resulted in the breakthrough.
With Spain’s midfield and also support out of position, Andriy Yarmolenko played in Tsygankov and also he drove through the gap between the centre-backs to complete expertly previous De Gea, who had wandered off curiously much from his line.
What does it imply? Spain remain top but stern tests are coming
Spain are one point above Germany in Group A4, but with games against Joachim Low’s side and also Switzerland ahead in November, they require some renewed attacking vigour.
They have racked up just as soon as in 3 matches in this worldwide break as well as the worries regarding their absence of in-form number nines is not most likely to have actually reduced.
Ukraine are level with Germany on six points and also might yet spring a shock by advancing to the finals.
Traore passes his test
Making his very first Spain begin right here, Adama Traore revealed he is worthy of a normal place down the right-hand side.
He was an evident risk with his direct runs all match, yet there was, crucially, an output. He lost just two passes as well as given greater than double the number of crosses than any other player.
Luis Enrique requires more from midfield
Spain’s center 3 have come to be adept at keeping games controlled – they had kept five clean sheets in six matches before this loss– however they provide little using a striking danger.
Luis Enrique ideally needs players a lot more happy to damage the lines and also sustain the main striker, with Rodrigo too often isolated as crosses maintained coming in.
Following month, Spain deal with the Netherlands in a friendly before Nations League matches with Switzerland and Germany. Ukraine needs to likewise play the various other 2 sides in the group after a pleasant with Poland.