EURO 2024 QUALIFIERS
Spain’s performance against Scotland: player ratings; how did they perform?
Luis de la Fuente’s Spain side found themselves shipwrecked against a Scotland side that looked comfortable throughout at Hampden Park.
Scotland claimed a famous win over Spain at Hampden Park as the two teams continued their Euro 2024 qualifying campaigns. Goals in either half from Scott McTominay was enough to see the home side power past La Selección and leave new head coach Luis de la Fuente under pressure just two games in.
But how did the Spain team perform? Was it a shock loss or did the side deserve to go home with nothing?
Kepa: He wasn’t quite at the level he was against Norway, but he made a great save when Scotland were 2-0 up. As for the goals, they were shots that were impossible for him to save. 6/10
Porro: He was unlucky to slip, lose control, and accidentally set up McTominay’s first goal. He got lost in arguments, friction and trouble and was subsequently replaced at half-time. 4/10
García: One of the best players in the Spain team tonight, especially in the air. But he could not avoid the two goals from McTominay, who slipped between the two central defenders. 7/10
Íñigo Martínez: The same as David García and, like his teammate, he suffered with the Scottish counter attacks. These Spain defenders are not used to playing on the back foot. 6/10
Gayà: The most incisive player on the left side and the one who looked to be trying the hardest. He combined well with Ceballos, who looked for him constantly. 7/10
Rodri: The midfielder is in fine form, both for club and country. He has picked up the baton from Busquets with authority and confidence. The undisputed boss of the midfield. 7/10
Merino: He still has room to be a little more daring and confident on the ball. With Rodri as a defensive pivot, he must take on more responsibility at the start of the movement. He and Ceballos did not link up well together. 5/10
Oyarzabal: He is not at his best level as he is yet to recover his form after such a long time out with an injury. While he had moments in which he tried, he is still far from the player who shone with Real Sociedad. 5/10
Ceballos: He was forced to drop too deep to pick up the ball, leaving him far behind the forwards. Even so, he played the best passes from a Spanish perspective. In the second half his level dipped. 6/10
Yeremy: He’s lightning fast, but against Scotland he couldn’t beat his markers. He changed sides in the second half and had a chance, but he failed to link up well with Aspas. 5/10
Joselu: Three shots including one off the crossbar in the first half hour. You have to be very strong to beat the Scottish central defenders: he tried to do it and left nothing in the tank, but he did not have the success that he showed against Norway. 6/10
Carvajal: Scotland’s second goal came down his side, but McTominay’s final shot came in the next phase; the central defenders had more to do with the goal than the right-back. 6/10
Nico Williams: He has speed and mobility which is clear to see every time he gets the ball. Spain’s crosses in the second half came from his wing, but they lacked some precision. 6/10
Iago Aspas: He came into the game when things were going wring and ended up overwhelmed by the presence of four other forwards when Spain became desperate. He had a clear chance, but the ball was stuck between his feet. 5/10
Borja Iglesias: He entered onto the pitch with the game pretty much decided and, as a consequence, he couldn’t do much to affect the result. 5/10
Gavi: He came in during the last quarter of an hour and put all his energy into the game, which in his case is a lot. But the match was already lost and the player, although he is magnificent, still doesn’t have a magic wand. 5/10