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Spain Defeats Georgia 4-1 to Set Up Quarterfinal Showdown with Germany in Euro 2024

Three-time European champions Spain triumphed over Georgia with a 4-1 victory in the Round of 16 at the Euro 2024, advancing to face host nation Germany in the quarterfinals. Despite an early setback, Spain showcased their class and resilience to end Georgia’s remarkable run in the tournament on Sunday in Cologne.

Spain, who had a flawless record in the group stage with three wins and no goals conceded—their best start since their victorious 2008 campaign—faced an unexpected challenge when Robin Le Normand accidentally turned Otar Kakabadze’s cross into his own net in the 18th minute, giving Georgia a surprising lead.

Coach Luis de la Fuente’s side, back to full strength after significant rotations in their final group game, responded with composure. Spain’s dominance was evident from the beginning, with Dani Carvajal’s cross finding Pedri for an early shot that forced a save from Georgia’s goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili. Nico Williams also came close shortly after, his shot narrowly deflected wide.

Spain equalized in the 39th minute when Williams set up Rodri, who fired a low shot into the corner of the net. The Spanish side took the lead six minutes into the second half, courtesy of a perfectly placed header by Fabián Ruiz from a sublime curling cross by the young sensation Lamine Yamal

Williams extinguished Georgia’s hopes of a comeback with a stunning strike in the 75th minute, showcasing his skill and composure. Substitute Dani Olmo put the finishing touch on Spain’s commanding performance, scoring the fourth goal with just seven minutes remaining.

Georgia, participating in their maiden Euros, had been riding high after an exhilarating 2-0 win over Portugal in the group stages. Their squad, featuring the tournament’s joint top scorer and leading shot-stopper, had aimed for an improbable Iberian double. Despite their early goal and spirited effort, they were ultimately outclassed by a polished Spanish side.

Spain’s victory sets up an enticing quarterfinal clash with Germany. La Roja’s impressive form and depth will be tested against the hosts, promising an exciting contest. As the tournament progresses, Spain’s blend of experienced stars and emerging talents continues to make them a formidable force in their quest for a fourth European title.

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