England vs. Spain - Football Match Report

by Steven Clarke September 11, 2018, 1:43
England vs. Spain - Football Match Report

"In the big moments you need the referee to stay strong but unfortunately he has bottled it".

"Danny Welbeck's just stood there, the 'keeper's gone to catch it and fell on top of him and Danny's put it away and somehow the ref's given it as a foul".

"You need a firm ref who under the pressure doesn't give wrong decisions".

Moreno scored the victor and generally impressed more against England, so we think he may lead the line this time, with Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio - a sub on Saturday - getting the nod to start.

The game would end in defeat for England, who were deservedly beaten by their technically superior opponents.

"As much as he got the Golden Boot and is a fantastic goal scorer, we are not creating any chances for him".

Southgate echoed his captain's frustration but did not allow the official's mistake to mask some of England's shortcomings.

Most notable was Gomez's forward passing, with the Liverpool defender showcasing a rare ability, or perhaps willingness, to play vertically rather than horizontally.

Shaw set up Marcus Rashford's opener in the 11th minute but Spain scored twice in 20 minutes to secure the victory. "I've seen teams fold in similar circumstances".

"We're under no illusions that Spain were the better team for long periods of that but they are brilliant at what they do and we are in the early stages of what we're trying to do".

Just ahead of him in midfield, Henderson fared reasonably, providing some useful balls over the top to utilise Rashford's pace, but Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville was critical of his role in Rodrigo's victor.

"At the moment we have had initial discussions but that has been it".

After the media, the anti-doping, the trip, it was a very late night.

The former Barcelona boss fielded a very different side to the one that flopped during the World Cup, having dropped Koke and Jordi Alba, while losing David Silva, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta to retirement.

"But we don't have a creative player like Andrea Pirlo".

"I am especially happy about De Gea's performance", said Enrique.

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