Spain vs. Greece – Football Match Report – March 25, 2021

Spain have been frustrated after being held to a 1-1 draw by Greece in their first 2022 World Cup qualifier in Group B on Thursday.

Alvaro Morata opened the scoring from close range for the hosts after 32 minutes, moments after Dani Olmo rocked the crossbar from a distance.

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However, shortly before the hour mark, substitute Inigo Martinez – in place of captain Sergio Ramos – was penalized for what looked like a reckless tackle against Greek midfielder Giorgos Masouras.

However, Martinez disputed the validity of the appeal and wondered what could have happened if VAR had been used during the game.

“Obviously I’m really angry. This is a time they charge you for. We’re not happy with the draw and with VAR that would have been a different story,” Martinez said.

“It’s a 50-50 challenge and I’m getting there. I can’t stop. I pull my leg out and I don’t want to do any damage. He was smart and stayed on the ground, and it’s weird. that the referee took so long to breathe for that too. It was the key moment of the match. “

Anastasios Bakasetas then hit the ball on the spot to knock out Luis Enrique’s side.

“I’m not at all a fan of the result, we were lacking a bit of inspiration,” said Luis Enrique. “What I liked was the attitude and the pace of the players, but when we got close to the surface of Greece we weren’t there.

“We have to create more danger. We are forcing the opponent back into their box, but we just haven’t had the spark or created the luck you need at this level.”

Morata let his country’s best opportunity pass for a winner as he headed straight for the goalkeeper as Spain dominated possession but struggled to create clear chances against determined visitors.

Spain travel to Georgia for their second qualifying match on Sunday, the same day Greece host Honduras in a friendly.

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