Dani Olmo’s injury-time strike gave Spain a 2-1 win in Georgia on Sunday because the 2010 world champions received their marketing campaign to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar up and working. Georgian goalkeeper Giorgi Loria might solely assist Olmo’s rasping strike from 25 metres on its means into the highest nook as Spain’s second-half strain paid off and the sizeable crowd inside Tbilisi’s Boris Paichadze stadium was silenced.
Ferran Torres had equalised earlier within the second half for Spain, the Manchester City winger scoring his fifth aim from six begins for his nation to cancel out Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s opener simply earlier than half-time.
But the late aim from RB Leipzig’s Olmo was very important for Luis Enrique’s facet, who have been held 1-1 at residence by Greece of their first qualifier on Thursday.
The consequence additionally sees Spain prolong their outstanding document of not having misplaced in 65 World Cup qualifiers going again 28 years to a 1-Zero defeat in Denmark in March 1993.
They proceed their Group B marketing campaign at residence to Kosovo in Seville on Wednesday.
Luis Enrique made seven adjustments to his crew from the Greece match with Pedro Porro, the full-back at the moment on mortgage at Portuguese league leaders Sporting from Manchester City, making his debut.
There have been additionally first begins for Barcelona midfielder Pedri and for 20-year-old ahead Bryan Gil, on mortgage this season at Eibar from Sevilla. Both had made their debuts as substitutes in opposition to Greece.
Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon stored his place in aim and made an important save to maintain out Guram Kashia’s 18th-minute header.
Georgia are ranked 89th on the planet and didn’t win a single recreation in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, however they have been hoping to say a primary victory right here below new coach Willy Sagnol, the previous Bayern Munich and France defender.
They have been rewarded for a full of life first-half show with the opening aim a minute previous to the interval as Otar Kiteishvili teed up Kvaratskhelia, the 20-year-old Rubin Kazan winger, who took a contact and fired low into the far nook.
Luis Enrique made two adjustments on the break, sending on Olmo for Gil and changing Leeds United centre-back Diego Llorente with Inigo Martinez.
The guests improved within the second half and drew stage within the 56th minute when Torres turned in Jordi Alba’s low cross from the left.
However it regarded like they must accept a degree till Olmo struck within the second minute of added time.
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