Never in the history of the Georgia team has there been so much shame
Dmitry Zimin September 8, 2023, 21:23 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
The defeat against Spain by 1:7 is a record. Even a 16-year-old teenager scored the goal.
Nobody expected this. Yes, Spain was a favorite with decent motivation. After all, after two qualifying matches for Euro 2024, they only had three points. For comparison: the Scottish leaders already have 12. They played four games, but that did not change the situation in the table. Before the match against Georgia, Spain was in fourth place out of five, only Cyprus was below. Not the best start, but that moment when everything is still in your hands, feet and head. It was only necessary to defeat Georgia and return to the fight. It was a success. And with what style!
In general, Georgia is rightly praised. The team has leveled up, almost the entire squad plays in European leagues, so you can expect different things, but definitely not a defeat. After all, the teams already played in Tbilisi relatively recently, that is, in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Then the Spaniards won with great difficulty; Olmo scored in the last minutes. And during this time, Georgia has definitely become stronger. It seemed that the teams would fight at least without a clear advantage for the guests.
But in the end the advantage turned out to be total. Let’s compare it to several thousand light years. Yes, yes, the class difference was noticeable from the first minutes. It’s as if motivated professionals wear red shirts and lazy amateurs wear white shirts. Even with Khvich in the main lineup.
In the fight for the ball Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
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The Spanish should have scored in the second minute. Morata threw it at Asensio in the area, and he was about to shoot at Mamardashvili’s goal, but the goalkeeper tripped him. He then smiled widely. It is unlikely that the doorman could have imagined the nightmare that would follow.
Then a couple more dangerous shots and approaches on goal, but for some reason the ball didn’t go into the net until the 22nd minute. The Georgians had almost no way forward. Khvicha tried to think of something, but again and again he was met with the powerful defense of the guests. In the 22nd minute they scored for the first time: Asensio crossed, Morata put the ball in the goal. Very fair.
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Five minutes later, the ball entered Mamardashvili’s goal from his own hand: Kverkvelia, well known in Russia, unsuccessfully stumbled on his leg when crossing. In general, Solomon plus Kashia, Gocholeishvili and Azarov – this was exactly the Georgian defense line. Surely the boys will remember this evening for a long time.
Before the end of time they scored two more. In two minutes. There seemed to be no resistance. First Olmo to the near one, then Morata to the far one.
The Spaniards celebrate another goal against the rival
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During the break, Sagnol made three changes. And for five minutes something even changed, because the Georgians scored a goal: Chakvetadze, who came on as a substitute, shot with his toe, and Simon could not secure the ball in the rain. But if you think there is at least some hint of a comeback, then no.
Midway through the half, Spain turned on again and scored three goals in eight minutes. Morata, Williams, there was nothing special. But even 16-year-old Lamin Yamal scored. For him it was his debut match with the national team. And at the same time he became the youngest scorer in the history of the national team.
It is curious that a couple of minutes later Yamal could have scored a double, but he shot a little higher. At this time, many fans had already left the stands. No one had the strength to contemplate such a spectacle.
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Georgia suffered a historic defeat: it had never lost by 1:7. Before that, the biggest defeat occurred almost 20 years ago, in the match against Denmark, 1:6. A terrible day for Khvicha and local football that should be forgotten as soon as possible.