The Spanish team faced a clockwork orange Frank de Boer, who replaces Ronald Koeman, in a friendly match at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. Among the novelties presented by Luis Enrique, the impeccable debut of Unai Simón in goal stands out. Simon has replaced Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. Asensio, Álvaro Morata and Koke, captain of the national team for the first time, have started again in the starting eleven.
Spain needed to win the friendly against the Netherlands after losing to Ukraine by a goal to nil. Luis Enrique’s men needed to win before facing Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League match on Saturday 14 November. However, the game has left a too bittersweet taste and much uncertainty.
Canales overtakes the Spanish team
The Spanish team was superior to the Dutch team during the first half. Control, pressure, technique and good play have allowed Luis Enrique’s players to get ahead on the scoreboard in the 18th minute. Sergio Canales was in charge of overtaking the Spanish team thanks to a fantastic pass from Morata. The Juventus player has had a clear chance to score.
After a shocking clash between Hateboer and Gayà, the Valencia player had to be replaced by Reguilón in the 28th minute. The fearsome Dutch team did not show their best game, although they grew in intensity throughout the first half.
Rest, Holland, 0- Spain, 1.
Frank de Boer needed a boost to guide the game. And he has not hesitated. Four changes, De Vrij, Dumfries, Klaasen and Calvin Stengs for Hateboer, Frenkie De Jong, Wijnaldum and Berghuis. The changes have taken effect and the Netherlands tied the game in the 46th minute. An offensive error by Spain that Van De Beek has not forgiven.
The players of the Spanish team have suffered a lot and have been overcome to beat a clockwork orange. Although they have had clear scoring opportunities like Koke’s in the 60th minute. They have wasted too many scoring opportunities.
Luis Enrique decided to make a triple change. Adama, Ferrán and Dani Olmo entered for Morata, Gerard Moreno and Asensio. Without a doubt, the best of the night has been Unai Simón’s debut. The Athletic Bilbao player had a great game. He has saved Spain from defeat. Spain draws against the Netherlands.
The captain of Real Madrid has left a few minutes before the end of the game. With 176 appearances for the senior team, Sergio Ramos equals Italian Buffon. Both are the players with the most international appearances with their respective national teams.
Holland: Bizot; Hateboer, Veltman, Aké, Wijndal; Wijnaldum, Frenkie De Jong, Van de Beek; Berghuis, Memphis Depay and Luuk De Jong.
Spain: Unai Simón; Bellerín, Eric García, Íñigo Martínez, Gayà; Rodri, Koke, Canales; Gerard Moreno, Asensio and Morata.
Goals: Canales (min. 18, 0-1), Donny van de Beek (min. 46, 1-1).