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.
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.
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.
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.