Spain 3-1 Kosovo: Olmo, Torres and Moreno secure easy victory
Spain 3-1 Kosovo: Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres and Gerard Moreno secure easy victory for hosts in commanding performance to get World Cup qualifying back on track
- Spain cruised to a straightforward 3-1 victory over Kosovo on Thursday
- Dani Olmo opened the scoring for Spain with a curling effort in the 34th minute
- Just two minutes later Spain doubled their lead through Ferran Torres’ goal
- Besar Halimi pulled one back for Kosovo before Gerard Moreno scored for Spain
Spain got their World Cup qualifying campaign back on solid ground after cantering to a leisurely 2-0 victory over Kosovo on Wednesday.
However goalkeeper Unai Simon had a night to forget, committing a tremendous blunder far from his area to cost his side a goal.
Goals from Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres ensured victory but only tell half the story in a game where Spain were totally in control from the first whistle.
Spain enjoyed a very comfortable 3-1 victory over minnows Kosovo in their World Cup qualifier
Spain broke the deadlock in the 34th minute when Dani Olmo (right) curled into the corner
Luis Enrique’s men wholly dominated possession once again for the entire game, as they did in their last-gasp 2-1 victory against Georgia on Sunday.
Olmo gave Spain a deserved lead in the 34th minute with a delicate chip to add to his stoppage-time winner against Georgia in their previous outing, while Torres fired in the second goal two minutes later.
To emphasise the gulf between the sides, Kosovo did not muster a single shot at goal until the 59th minute, and it went wide.
Two minutes later Ferran Torres (right) doubled Spain’s lead with a crisp strike into the corner
Kosovo’s Besar Halimi (no 8) scored a shock goal with just their second shot to make it 2-1
Spain looked in total control and played with purpose but they allowed Kosovo back into the game in the 70th minute when Simon lost the ball after rushing out of his box and Besar Halimi ruthlessly pounced and scored from a distance with just Kosovo’s second shot of the match.
The home side promptly restored their two-goal cushion five minutes later though thanks to a header from Gerard Moreno and saw out the win to move top of Group B with seven points after three games.
Gerard Moreno (centre) quickly restored Spain’s two-goal lead with a header from close range
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