fitness_web_5

Spain was held to a draw by the Czechs as Gavi became the youngest goalscorer

08 Jun 2022 | 08:15 | Football

Spain midfielder Pablo Gavi (C) celebrates scoring a 1-1 goal against Spain midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez (R) and Spain defender Dani Carvajal during the UEFA Nations League football match – League A Group 2 between the Czech Republic and Spain at Sinobo Stadium in Prague, on 5 June 2022.

“>



Spain midfielder Pablo Gavi (C) celebrates scoring a 1-1 goal against Spain midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez (R) and Spain defender Dani Carvajal during the UEFA Nations League football match – League A Group 2 between the Czech Republic and Spain at Sinobo Stadium in Prague, on 5 June 2022.

Gavi became Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer and Inigo Martinez headed home a late equalizer as Spain drew 2-2 with the Czech Republic in the Nations League in Prague on Sunday.

Gavi scored with a skillful left foot at a record age of 17 years and 304 days, leveling the first half at 1-1 just before halftime.

Martinez sent his header close to the crossbar in the final minute of the game to give Spain a draw.

The Czechs have twice taken the lead thanks to counter-attacking goals from Jakub Pesek and Jan Kuchta in Group B, League A.

La Roja coach Luis Enrique said: “We weren’t feeling well most of the time and we weren’t playing as well as we would have liked.

“We lacked the fluidity so the game was really difficult.”

Enrique swapped eight players in his starting XI from Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Portugal with only goalkeepers Unai Simon, Gavi and Pablo Sarabia holding their positions.

His men were dominating throughout the game but it was the home side who scored the first after just 4 minutes of the game.

Vladimir Coufal started a quick counterattack on the right, finding the sprinting Kuchta who made a perfect pass for Pesek to touch.

The Sparta Prague midfielder has scored his 5th goal in 12 international matches.

Gavi leveled three minutes into half-time injury time after a pass from Rodri, who capitalized on a poor save.

Spain continued to press, but the home side counter-attacked in the 66th minute when Vaclav Cerny put Kuchta through the defense and the striker cushioned the ball through a Simon pass.

Substitutes in the second half Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres hit the post, while Kuchta narrowly missed in another counter-attack.

With a minute left, Asensio hit Martinez’s pass from the left and the Athletic Bilbao defender was on target.

Enrique said: “The game was difficult from the beginning.

“We created more chances, but especially in the first half we struggled to play against a strong and aggressive opponent with an excellent defence.”

Spain will next face Switzerland in Geneva on June 9 while the Czechs will meet Portugal in Lisbon on the same day.

tcecsport