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Northern Ireland Nations League: Ansu Fati, 17, starts for Spain v Ukraine


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Northern Ireland Nations League: Ansu Fati, 17, starts for Spain v Ukraine

Juan Errazquin was the previous record holder – he scored against Switzerland in 1925 at the age of 18 years and 344 daysBarcelona forward Ansu Fati broke a 95-year national record to become Spain’s youngest goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 311 days against Ukraine.He had already won a penalty, scored by Sergio…

Northern Ireland Nations League: Ansu Fati, 17, starts for Spain v Ukraine

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Juan Errazquin was the previous record holder – he scored against Switzerland in 1925 at the age of 18 years and 344 days

Barcelona forward Ansu Fati broke a 95-year national record to become Spain’s youngest goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 311 days against Ukraine.

He had already won a penalty, scored by Sergio Ramos, as he became the youngest player to start a Nations League match.

Ramos added a header in the win.

The Real Madrid defender has now incredibly scored 10 goals in his last 15 caps.

The 34-year-old has 23 goals for his country, as many as the great Alfredo di Stefano.

Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, 19, made his debut as a second-half substitute while new City signing Ferran Torres scored a late fourth with a volley at the far post.

Fati, who was born in Guinea-Bissau but moved to Seville aged six with his family, became Spain’s youngest player in 84 years when he made his debut in last Thursday’s 1-1 draw away to Germany.

Juan Errazquin was the previous youngest scorer, against Switzerland in 1925 at the age of 18 years and 344 days.

Ethan Ampadu – who played for Wales against Bulgaria earlier on Sunday – was the previous youngest player to start a Nations League game, aged 17 years and 357 days against the Republic of Ireland in 2018.

‘Winners are happy when they win’

Spain manager Luis Enrique: “I’m very happy for Ansu (Fati), he is 17 years old, you have to take it easy with him, little by little, he will improve.

“Players of this age need serenity, humility, and that’s what Ansu has already.

“Sergio Ramos is a winner. And the winners are happy when they win. His numbers are beyond the reach of any other player.

“What he brings to this team, that enthusiasm … That’s why he’s one of the best players in the world at his position.”

Line-ups

Spain

  • 1de Gea
  • 22Navas
  • 15RamosSubstituted forGarcíaat 61′minutes
  • 4Torres
  • 21ReguilónSubstituted forat 90+1′minutes
  • 10Thiago Alcántara
  • 16RodriBooked at 37minsSubstituted forRodríguezat 69′minutes
  • 6Merino
  • 7Olmo
  • 9MorenoSubstituted forTorresat 74′minutes
  • 17Fati

Substitutes

  • 2Carvajal
  • 3Llorente
  • 5Busquets
  • 8Ruiz
  • 12García
  • 13Arrizabalaga
  • 14Gayà
  • 18Rodríguez
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 20Torres
  • 23Simón

Ukraine

  • 12Pyatov
  • 18Tymchyk
  • 4Kryvtsov
  • 22Matvienko
  • 16Mykhaylichenko
  • 8MalinovskiyBooked at 77mins
  • 14KharatinSubstituted forSydorchukat 63′minutes
  • 17Zinchenko
  • 7YarmolenkoSubstituted forKovalenkoat 79′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11MarlosSubstituted forTsygankovat 56′minutes
  • 9Yaremchuk

Substitutes

  • 1Bushchan
  • 2Sobol
  • 3Plastun
  • 5Sydorchuk
  • 6Makarenko
  • 10Konoplyanka
  • 13Supryaha
  • 15Tsygankov
  • 19Júnior Moraes
  • 20Kovalenko
  • 21Karavaev
  • 23Lunin

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Spain 4, Ukraine 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Spain 4, Ukraine 0.

  3. Attempt saved. Roman Yaremchuk (Ukraine) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Sergio Reguilón went off injured after Spain had used all subs.

  5. Viktor Kovalenko (Ukraine) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Sergio Reguilón (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Foul by Viktor Kovalenko (Ukraine).

  8. Foul by Eric García (Spain).

  9. Viktor Tsygankov (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Attempt missed. Pau Torres (Spain) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Sergio Reguilón with a cross following a corner.

  11. Corner, Spain. Conceded by Oleksandr Zinchenko.

  12. Attempt missed. Dani Olmo (Spain) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Óscar Rodríguez with a cross following a set piece situation.

  13. Óscar Rodríguez (Spain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Foul by Ruslan Malinovskiy (Ukraine).

  15. Foul by Ferran Torres (Spain).

  16. Ruslan Malinovskiy (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Goal! Spain 4, Ukraine 0. Ferran Torres (Spain) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

  18. Sergio Reguilón (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Foul by Viktor Kovalenko (Ukraine).

  20. Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Eric García.

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