Gavi (17) became the youngest player in history to wear the Spain team jersey on Wednesday. The FC Barcelona midfielder breaks an 85-year-old record.
Pablo Paez Gavira, known as Gavi, was started by Luis Enrique for the Nations League semi-final against Italy. Aged 17 years and 60 days, he breaks the precocity record of Angel Zubieta Redondo, who had donned the Spanish team jersey for the first time at 17 years and 284 days, in 1936.
This is a huge leap for the young Blaugrana midfielder, who has only played 363 minutes for Barca’s first team. His Barcelona teammate Ansu Fati had meanwhile been launched at 17 years and 308 days in September 2020 in a League of Nations match already, against Germany.
Sacred European champion this summer in London, the Squadra Azzurra of Roberto Mancini ended up bending, after a sumptuous series of thirty-seven matches without defeat. Italy’s last setback was on September 10, 2018, against Portugal, in the Nations League already.
The expulsion in the 42nd minute of the pillar of the defense Leonardo Bonucci for a second warning will have weighed heavily in the final count. Five minutes later, in stoppage of the first period, Ferran Torres allowed Spain to double the stake.
The Manchester City striker concluded a superb collective action with a header, receiving a cross from Oyarzabal. The two friends had already been the origin of the first goal of Luis Enrique’s troop in the 17th, Ferran Torres beating Gianluigi Donnarumma with his right foot.
All the more deprived of the ball in numerical inferiority, Italy fought to the end to continue their unbeaten streak. Lorenzo Pellegrini even scored the goal of hope in the 83rd, on a counter-attack led alongside Federico Chiesa after a Spanish corner. But Spain resisted until the end.
La Roja thus takes revenge on the semi-final of the last Euro, won on penalties by Squadra Azzurra on July 6 in London. Luis Enrique’s players will face Belgium or France on Sunday in the Nations League final, still in San Siro.
The reigning Swiss champions, who won their ticket by winning in Glasgow on September 8, could not do anything against the training coached by Joe Montemurro. Led by a goal at the break, they conceded two more in the second half.
Juventus, who have won their last twenty-seven matches in their national league – including the twenty-two played last season! – opened the brand with a beautiful action in the 36th. With a clever lob, Lisa Boattin served perfectly in the back of defense Arianna Caruso, who regained the ball, leaving Servettian goalkeeper Iñes Pereira unresponsive. The Portuguese, who had stopped a penalty from Andrea Staskova in the 27th, had to capitulate twice in the second half on the successes of the Swedish Lina Hurtig (65th) and Valentina Cernoia (71st).
Servette Chênois, who only scored two shots in this game against her opponent’s ten, will travel to the field of the last German Cup winner Wolfsburg next Wednesday on the second day. The Geneva team will then host Chelsea, reigning English champions, on November 9 at La Praille.
Lausanne-Sport defender Anel Husic will defend the colors of Switzerland U21 this Friday against the Netherlands in his Tuilière garden.
As indicated on the sfl.ch website, Husic received two invitations on the same day: from the Swiss federation and from Bosnia, his country of origin. Finally, the defender of LS opted for the Swiss selection.
“I was born in Switzerland and I have lived everything here,” he says on the SFL website. “For the future and a possible final choice, everything in its time,” he hastens to clarify. Husic has been the holder since day 3 in the Super League in the ranks of Lausanne-Sport.
Three months after their epic Euro semi-final, Italy and Spain are torn between past and future before competing for a place in the Nations League final today (8:45 p.m.) in Milan.
To imitate Portugal, winner of the League of Nations in 2019 as reigning European champion, it “would be fantastic”, recognizes Azzurri coach Roberto Mancini.
But “Spain is the team against which we had the most trouble during the Euro” (1-1 after, 4 shots on goal to 2), he said on the UEFA website . History to prevent any excess of optimism at home, despite the impressive current series of 37 games without defeat of the Nazionale (record for a selection), undefeated since September 2018.
The winner will meet in the final Sunday France or Belgium, opposed in the other semi-final Thursday in Turin.
For the reunion with La Roja, Mancini relied heavily on the heroes of the “Magic Nights” of Euro this summer, with a list where the only big absentees are the center forward Ciro Immobile and the side Leonardo Spinazzola , injured.
Federico Chiesa, author of the Italian goal in the semi-final against Spain, or strategist Jorginho, author of the decisive shot on goal, will once again be the great Italian assets, as will the ex-Milanese Gianluigi Donnarumma back in San Siro.
The goalkeeper of Italy, crowned best player of the Euro after having been decisive again in the final against England (1-1 ap, 3-2 in the tabs), will not have this time the opportunity to shine against Alvaro Morata, scorer in the match at Wembley but unhappy in the practice of penalties.
The injured Juventus striker is one of the many absent on the Spanish side, where coach Luis Enrique Martinez is deprived of other Euro protagonists, such as Pedri, Jordi Alba, Gerard Moreno and Dani Olmo, all unavailable .
Because if Mancini must above all work to preserve the combative and united spirit of the Euro, Luis Enrique thinks him more about the World-2022 in Qatar, always calling more young hopes of Spanish football.
For the final phase of the League of Nations, the coach has summoned Pedro Porro, Pablo Fornals or Bryan Gil all under 25 and less than five selections on the clock.
Switzerland’s substitute goalkeeper Gregor Kobel will miss the World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland on Saturday in Geneva and Lithuania on 12 October.
The Zurich goalkeeper from Dortmund suffers from tendonitis in one knee and leaves his place to Young Boys goalkeeper David von Ballmoos. This one obtains its first selection since November 2020.
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