Georgia upset defending Champion Spain in a friendly, win by 1-0 – In a surprising result, Georgia upset the two-time defending champions Spain by 1-0 in their final warm-up match in Madrid. Spain would not have thought to finish their Euro 2016 preparations in this way and put them in pressure before they board to France. Georgia is ranked at 137 in the world had won the last game against minnows Gibraltar in qualifiers for Euro in October. The other aspect of the coin is this is first defeat of Spain since March 2015.
However, the visitors defended resolutely and took full advantage of their attack, when Tornike Okriashvili kicked the ball into the goal and give Georgia to claim a shocking lead with six minutes left for the break. Two individual errors in the defence of Spain allowed Jambul Jigauri crossed for Okriashvili to tap home.
Georgia upset defending Champion Spain in a friendly, win by 1-0
Spain will begin their campaign for third consecutive European Championship against the Czech Republic on 13 June in Toulouse. After losing the match Spanish manager said, “We have to accept it and lift ourselves for what is to come. This result shouldn’t make us in any way face the Euros with a sense of fear.”
Eskişehirspor’s midfielder Tornike Okriashvili gave the happiness for Georgia fans to celebrate after scoring against Spain in the Euro 2016 friendly.
This time, the Spanish manager had put their stronger players in the field than he named for Spain’s comfortable wins over Bosnia and Herzegovina and South Korea in the past week. Most of their players from Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid returned after playing the Champions League final.
Spain had a strong hold over Georgia half for almost the entire match, but was unable to convert it into goal and were caught out on the counter-attack just before the break. They had a huge amount of possession nearly 80%.
“We wanted to motivate ourselves to create a good atmosphere, but it wasn’t to be and it has been a big disappointment,” del Bosque said after losing the match to team which is not even in top hundred list. “The team had not played bad since they scored a goal on the counter-attack. We were incapable to destroy a very well-organised defence.”
However, del Bosque totally rejected suggestions that they can learn from other opponents Turkey and Croatia can learn from Georgia’s gameplan.
Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez made his international debut was quite impressive. Spain could have scored a goal but his cross to Aritz Aduriz was few inches away and couldn’t a put the ball into goal. Thiago Alcantara, a Bayern Munich midfielder, then struck the post from outside the box as Spanish players continued to press.
However, they were out when Spain’s captain Sergio Ramos was slow to react to a poor pass from Jordi Alba and helped Valeri Kazaishvili’s low cross was turned home by Okriashvili.
Andres Iniesta was introduced at the break along with four others by Del Bosque. Vazuquez was replaced by David Silva and the hosts created far more with their two players on the field.
Iniesta and Nolito tried to level the scores after the interval, but they were very well contained by the host Georgia and unable to equalize. Jordi Alba missed the opportunity on his effort from close range straight into the midriff of substitute Georgian goalkeeper Roini Kvaskhvadze. Spain got another chance since referee added seven minutes of stoppage time but nothing can help to save Spain from its first defeat 0in 12 matches.
This lost for Spain doesn’t means something, but a red alarm for them in France. The game pattern will only help Spain’s Euro opponents to frustrate them.