Spain 1-1 Greece: Player ratings as La Roja slip up in World Cup qualifier

Spain 1-1 Greece: Player ratings as La Roja slip up in World Cup qualifier

Spain slipped up in their opening World Cup qualifier as Greece rallied to secure a point in Group B on Thursday night.

La Roja took the lead through Alvaro Morata, who controlled brilliantly before firing a volley in at the near post, but the visitors equalised through captain Anastasios Bakasetas’ penalty.

Luis Enrique’s side had close to 80% of possession and had an embarrassment of riches to bring off the bench including Thiago, Pedri and Mikel Oyarzabal, but no winner came and it leaves them a couple of points behind Sweden, who beat Georgia 1-0.

Right, let’s get into some player ratings.

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Martinez made a horrendous impact | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Unai Simon (GK) – 5/10 – Didn’t make a save all game and couldn’t stop the penalty.

Marcos Llorente (RB) – 6/10 – If you play for Atletico Madrid, you can pretty much play in any position, so Llorente had no issue filling in at right back. Efficient but not particularly eye-catching.

Eric Garcia (CB) – 5/10 – Has undoubted potential but fairly average in his showings for Spain so far. Similar effort on Thursday.

Sergio Ramos (CB) – 6/10 – Was hardly troubled as Spain camped in Greece’s half during the first half. Substituted at the start of the second period.

Jose Gaya (LB) – 6/10 – Put in a few nice crosses down the left and made a couple of successful tackles.

Koke provided the assist for Morata’s goal | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Rodri (DM) – 7/10 – Dominant in the air while operating in front of the back four. Used the ball well in a smooth and efficient outing.

Koke (CM) – 7/10 – Provided the nice cross which Morata brought down and converted. Had a decent opportunity from Gaya’s delivery but saw his shot deflected. Crossing was impressive throughout.

Sergio Canales (CM) – 6/10 – Passed accurately throughout the evening, but little of his possession was particularly threatening. Made a couple of tackles.

Ferran Torres (RW) – 5/10 – Didn’t manage any shots at goal. Really quiet throughout before his substitution.

Alvaro Morata (ST) – 8/10 – Took his goal brilliantly, controlling the ball with his chest before firing in on the volley. Confidence seemed as high as ever throughout the game.

Dani Olmo (LW) – 6/10 – Hit the bar just before Spain took the lead with a stunning effort after cutting in from the right. Not so influential otherwise.

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Bryan Gil was impressive on debut | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Inigo Martinez – 3/10 – Came on for Ramos and horrifically brought down Giorgos Masouras for the penalty which Bakasetas converted. Hardly an inspiring performance from the Athletic Club defender.

Bryan Gil – 7/10 – Made an impact on his debut, displaying some nice touches and embarking on some tidy dribbles.

Pedri – 5/10 – Came on for his debut.

Thiago – 5/10

Mikel Oyarzabal – 5/10 – Should have scored moments after his introduction but was put off by a last ditch challenge.

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