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Under intense booing, whereas Spain dominated the ball however couldn’t discover Mamardashvili's purpose, Rodri stood in entrance of the ball for a number of seconds. He waved his arms. He requested his teammates to settle down. Surprise had taken over the match in Cologne and the dream of the Georgian followers – that they had a flag that learn “Believe” in the course of the stands – threatened to turn into a actuality. But not for Rodri. The soccer chief Luis de la Fuente had different plans for La Roja they usually weren’t the identical as these of the Georgian followers. Rodri gained, that’s, endurance gained.



Unai Simon, Cucurella (Grimaldo, min. 66), Dani Carvajal (Jesús Navas, min. 80), Le Normand, Laporte, Pedri (Dani Olmo, min. 52), Fabian (Merino, min. 81), Rodrigo, Lamine Yamal, Nico Williams and Morata (Oyarzabal, min. 66)



Mamardashvili, Luka Lochoshvili (Heorhii Tsitaishvili, min. 63), Kashia, Dvali, Giorgi Gvelesiani, Kakabadze, Giorgi Chakvetadze (Zuriko Davitashvili, min. 63), Giorgi Kochorashvili, Otar Kiteishvili, Georges Mikautadze (Budu Zivzivadze, min. 79) y Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Goals 0-1 min. 17: Le Normand (pp). 1-1 min. 38: Rodrigo. 2-1 min. 51: Fabian. 3-1 min. 75: Nico Williams. 4-1 min. 83: Dani Olmo.

Referee Francois Letexier

Yellow playing cards Morata (min. 43) y Zuriko Davitashvili (min. 70)

After the victory in opposition to Albania, with Georgia already on the calendar, Luis de la Fuente repeated a phrase at Spain's base camp in Donaueschingen: “I don't want a long match.” The coach sought to impress upon his gamers that Georgia needed to be crushed. And it needed to be executed from the primary minute, with out mercy and far much less reminiscence: there was no want to consider the 10-2 mixture he had given Willy Sagnol's crew within the qualifying section for the European Championship in Germany (1-7 in Tbilisi and 3-1 in Valladolid). “We have to press and press. The goal has to come quickly,” insisted the Spanish coach to his gamers earlier than the spherical of 16 match. But it was to not be. And the important thing was held by Rodri, the MVP of the match.

La Roja discovered themselves with the primary line of 5 in protection within the Euro Cup. But, additionally, with a crew that didn’t take a minute to nook themselves in entrance of the door of Mamardashvili, one of the dependable goalkeepers within the Euro. Traffic within the inside, additionally on the sidelines, the Georgians doubled right down to cease Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal. In the 18th minute, when Spain dominated the ball 85% of the time and had already tried eight photographs, a counterattack by Georgia ended with the ball within the internet of Unai Simón's purpose. He hadn't even managed to the touch the Kvaratskhelia ball. The job for Georgia had been clarified by good luck, dangerous for Le Normand, who scored an personal purpose. The sport, after all, didn’t change after Georgia's purpose. Not even Sagnol's crew sharpened the protection. It was virtually not possible to return any additional. Spain, then, needed to resort to a different weapon. An outdated recipe that he had used prior to now: endurance. And for that components, few gamers are smarter than Rodri.

The Office of the sixteenth

Rodri realized the commerce of defending underneath Diego Simeone and attacking underneath Pep Guardiola, few classes that may be higher mixed in fashionable soccer. But the bounce from the extreme Metropolitano to the lyrical Etihad Stadium was not straightforward for the Madrid pivot. It was not till his second season with the Manchester crew that Rodri discovered his place within the beginning eleven. He principally needed to be taught to have the identical factor he requested of his teammates in opposition to Georgia: endurance. “Pep gives you a toolbox that you can use on the field,” Rodri recollects. In addition, the midfielder educated within the purple and white youth academy often highlights that one of the revealing classes underneath Guardiola is to remain calm in video games.

Last season, when City couldn’t discover the bridges to beat the robust protection of Nottingham Forest, one of many groups that fought in opposition to relegation within the Premier, Rodri shouted to his teammates that they need to not lose their cool. City gained 0-2. Just a few months later, in Cologne, the pivot requested his teammates the identical factor. He didn’t need the nervousness, particularly that of the youngest, the 2 pearls of the Red on the wings (Lamine and Nico), to make Spain determined. And it was exactly Rodri who introduced peace to Spain. He scored the tie that ended within the win and the ticket to the quarterfinals. Germany waits, however Rodri doesn’t despair.

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