Alvaro Morata, Spain’s top scorer, greets Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed the UEFA Nations League Final Four. Photo: EFE / EPA / JOSE COELHO
The UEFA Nations League He had a top duel this Tuesday at the Braga stadium, hand in hand, the end of which did not disappoint. Portugal Y Spain placed the A2 group face to face and those led by Luis Enrique obtained a heartbreaking victory that allowed him to snatch Cristiano Ronaldo and company their place in the Final Four, which will complete Netherlands, Italy Y Croatiafrom 14 to 18 June 2023 in a country to be defined.
At the close of the meeting, he appeared Alvaro Morata to give him victory 1-0 and overcome the two points of disadvantage that his national team had before starting this match, as he was forced to win in order to advance.
“The pass gives peace of mind in terms of the environment, which always takes advantage of its opportunities, but I prefer to arrive like this after a very difficult group, even if it were not so it would not change a preparation or a path of growth at all”, he considered the DT Luis Enrique: “We arrived in Qatar better after a joy, but it will not be decisive for the World Cup”, he added.
The Angerthat a loss was coming out a Swiss from 2-1, was slightly overtaken by the Portuguese, who deserved more luck. Cristiano Ronaldo also equalized in the 90th minute, but his volley was held back by goalkeeper Unai Simón.
“It is a great joy”said the Spaniard DT, who once again led his national team to the definition of this match after losing last edition against France.
Luis Enrique made seven changes to the starting lineup after losing at home to Switzerland. Among those relegated to the bench were Barcelona players Sergio Busquets, Gavi Páez and Pedri González.
“The incorporations gave us freshness and it went as we expected”Luis Enrique said, insisting that “Gavi is pure energy and a lot of quality and Pedri is pure talent in the service of the team, they gave us with Busi (Busquets) that tranquility to be able to attack the defensive line”.
In the same group, Switzerland and the Czech Republic closed their participation where the locals won 2-1 and finished third two points behind the leader of Spain.