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After claiming an emphatic victory in Tbilisi on Friday, will Spain move three points closer to Euro 2024 qualification?
Back in June, la Roja were crowned UEFA Nations League winners for the very first time, beating Italy in the semis in Enschede, before defeating Croatia on penalties in the final itself at De Kuip.
Luis de la Fuente’s team clearly carried that momentum into European Championship qualifying because, four nights ago, Spain demolished Georgia 7-1 in the pouring rain at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena.
Álvaro Morata bagging a first-ever international hat-trick, while Dani Olmo and then substitutes Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal were also on target.
Lamine marking his debut with a goal, becoming the youngest player to ever play for Spain, breaking Gavi’s short-standing record, set in October 2021.
In fact, only two players have ever scored for any European national team at a younger age, these being Sam Johnston (Northern Ireland, 1882) and József Horváth (Hungary, 1906).
This victory takes Spain onto six points, having beaten Norway in Málaga, but then lost to Scotland at Hampden, both back in March.
Next month, la Roja will face their two rivals for a top two spot, welcoming run-away leaders Scotland to Estadio de La Cartuja, before taking on Norway at Ullevål three days later.
So, with tougher tests to come, the three-times European Champions can’t really afford to slip-up in Granada.
This seems unlikely, with Cyprus continuing to fulfil their role as Group A’s whipping boys.
On Friday, the White and Blues were demolished 3-0 by Scotland in Larnaca, with all the goals at AEK Arena coming in the opening half an hour.
As a result, Temur Ketsbaia’s team are still yet to get off the mark in this campaign, conceding 11 times and scoring just two.
In fact, Cyprus have now won only four of their last 31 competitive fixtures, losing five on the spin for the first time since 2012.
Here, they’re seeking to avoid losing six competitive matches in a row for the first time in 17 years.
This though seems a formality, with Spain expected to cruise to victory at Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes.
Spain team news
16 year old Lamine Yamal grabbed all the headlines by scoring off the bench in Tbilisi, so could he start this time?
Well, given that Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Pedri have all pulled out due to injury, Lamine and fellow scorer against Georgia Nico Williams could get the nod out-wide.
Alejandro Balde is likely to come in for José Luis Gayà at left-back, while Unai Simón continues to be the first-choice goalkeeper, chosen over Kepa Arrizabalaga or David Raya.
Cyprus team news
Speaking of shot-stoppers, Joël Mall is Cyprus’ new number one, having switched allegiance from Switzerland earlier this year.
Pieros Sotiriou is the top-scorer in the squad with 12, although his last international goal came in March 2022.