The great challenge for Luis de la Fuente in this national team break was knowing how to motivate the U21 players, who have already secured their ticket to the European Championship in the category, in the two remaining games of the qualifying phase against Ireland of the North and Malta. And he has achieved it. At least it is the first stake. LRojita took the game against the Northern Ireland as if it were a life or death match and came out very plugged in from minute 1when Bryan Gil tested Mee on the first play of the game.
Although there are some fixed pillars, De la Fuente has almost a year to define the team that will play the final phase of the European. That is why those summoned want to take advantage of every opportunity not to get off the train. Rodrigo Riquelme, for example, who was called up for the first time in the previous break and who after a great year at Mirandés on loan wants to convince Simeone to return to Atleti, took advantage of the game to show that he has come to La Rojita to stay. The rojiblanco youth squad hit the post three times in the first half and it was a true hurricane that the Irish defense was unable to stop him. Between shot and shot of ‘Roro’, Abel Ruiz took advantage of a cross from Miranda, two veterans who have played together since the U-17s, to score Spain’s first goal.
Miranda, eternal hero at Villamarín, was also the protagonist in the second goal assisting Bryan Gilalready in the second part. The winger received a ball into space from the Betis side and inside the area he shot Mee with a left foot. Not even three minutes passed when Bryan himself pushed a back pass from Camello into the net to make the third.
Miranda completed his great game scoring 0-4, in which he shot first in the area after a great play by Riquelme, who scored the fifth goal for Spain with a game in which he drove the ball 30 meters, He entered the area and beat the rival goalkeeper from below. Without a doubt, Roro’s match was a declaration of intent: he is going to take advantage of every second to continue in the U21s and return to Atleti. Already in the final minute Victor Gómez pushed a shot from Camello over the line that hit the post and walked along the line until the side made sure that it ended in a goal.