Spain begins the final stretch against Croatia
Luis de la Fuente’s men start the European qualifiers in search of revalidating their continental title
MADRID, May 30. 2021 (Europa Press) –
The Spanish Under-21 team, current continental champions, begins on Monday the qualifying round of the European in the category of Hungary and Slovenia against Croatia at the Ljudski vrt stadium in Maribor (6:00 p.m. / Four), a quarterfinal duel that comes later of a week marked by the lack of filming after the appearance of a positive for coronavirus in the expedition.
The contagion of midfielder Jon Moncayola changed the plans of Luis de la Fuente’s team, which was preparing to travel to Slovenia last Wednesday and had to delay its flight until Saturday, already with Real Madrid player Antonio Blanco on the expedition to replace him. Osasuna player. It was that same day, in addition, when ‘la Rojita’ was able to resume his group training sessions.
Now, they face a quarterfinal match against the Balkan team with news in the call-up regarding the group stage, where they finished first (7) in Group B ahead of Italy (5), Czech Republic (2) and Slovenia (1) .
The return of Bryan Gil, who in the previous break was called by the absolute, and the news of Oihan Sancet (Athletic) or Fer Niño (Villarreal), in addition to that of Antonio Blanco, have renewed a group that was solid in the first phase and that he hopes to fight for what would be his sixth continental win in the category, which would allow him to tie the tie with Italy (5).
Precisely, the transalpine team, with which they drew (0-0) in a controversial duel in Maribor in the group stage that ended with up to three sent off -among them Óscar Mingueza-, could be their rival in a hypothetical semifinals -as long as eliminate Portugal-.
Before, Luis de la Fuente’s men will have to get rid of Croatia, second after the Portuguese in the group stage, and that has three men who will go with the absolute once the quarterfinal match ends: the defenders Domagoj Bradaric (Lille) and Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig) and midfielder Luka Ivanusec (Dinamo Zagreb).
Spain will have to show its best virtues, which have already allowed it to win nine of its ten qualifying matches – with a single goal against – to reserve its place in the final phase, if it wants to stay alive in the competition. He has already accumulated eight games in a row without conceding, and reliability behind will be key again.
SPAIN: Álvaro Fernández; Mingueza, Guillamón, Cuenca, Miranda; Gonzalo Villar, Zubimendi; Brahim, Puado, Cucurella; and Abel Ruiz.
CROATIA: Semper; Gvardiol, Vuskovic, Franjic, Bradaric; Ivanusec, Moro, Babec, Bistrovic; Musa and Spikic.
– REFEREE: Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO).
–STADIUM: Ljudski vrt from Maribor.
–TIME: 18.00 / Four.