Euro 2024: Supreme Spain shatter Georgia's dreams to reach Euro last eight

Euro 2024: Supreme Spain shatter Georgia's dreams to reach Euro last eight


Spain players including Spain defender Dani Carvajal and Spain midfielder Mikel Merino celebrate after the UEFA Euro 2024 round of 16 football match between Spain and Georgia.

Spain players including Spain defender Dani Carvajal and Spain midfielder Mikel Merino celebrate after the UEFA Euro 2024 round of 16 football match between Spain and Georgia. | Photo Credit: AFP

Three-time champions Spain overcame early setbacks to beat Georgia 4-1 on Sunday and reach the last eight of Euro 2024. Spain came out on top in a thrilling encounter, ending the fantasy journey of the minnow team.

La Roja will face hosts Germany in the quarter-finals, who sent a message of intent with a stunning display with goals from Rodri, Fabian Ruiz, Nico Williams and Dani Olmo.

They fell behind in the 18th minute when Robin Le Normand turned Otar Kakabadze's bouncing cross into his own net.

Spain had an excellent record in the group stage, winning three and conceding no goals, their best start since 2008, when they won the tournament.

Coach Luis de la Fuente made 10 changes from the final group game, reuniting his first-choice team with a starting lineup, while Georgia kept faith with their squad that included the tournament's joint top scorer and leading shot-stopper.

Playing in their first Euro Cup, Georgia were on a wave of excitement and looking for an unlikely Iberian double after a stunning 2-0 win over Portugal last week which put them into the knockout rounds.

Spain dominated from the start and almost took the lead inside five minutes when Dani Carvajal's cross from the right found Pedri who was initially saved by Giorgi Mamardashvili.

Williams soon came close to scoring when his goalward shot went wide of the target.

But Georgia stunned Spain when they went ahead, as Georges Mikoutadze found Kakabadze on the right and he hit an early cross that hit Le Normand and went into the net.

Spain kept their composure and equalised in the 39th minute when Williams picked out Rodri who fired a low shot into the corner.

They made it 2-1 six minutes after half-time when Fabian Ruiz headed in a superb curling cross from Lamin Yamal.

Williams ended any hopes of a Georgia comeback with a superb goal in the 75th minute, before substitute Dani Olmo scored with seven minutes remaining to complete the win for Georgia.


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