Spain 2-3 England: 3 Reasons Why Three Lions’ Victory Is So Sweet
England has shocked favorites Spain with a 3-2 victory at the Estadio Benito Villamarin in the UEFA Nations League last October 15.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the visitors, followed by Marcus Rashford before Sterling tripled the lead at the first half. Paco Alcacer pulled one back for the home team early into the second part. However, Spanish captain Sergio Ramos’ goal at the death was not enough for a comeback.
ℹ️ Spain's first competitive home defeat since June 2003
ℹ️ England’s first away win in Spain since in 1987
— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) October 15, 2018
Here are three takeaways from an impressive night for the Three Lions in Seville.
England Continues Odd-Beating Performances
The recent string of results that Gareth Southgate’s men achieved has surpassed the expectations of the English football aficionados.
The Three Lions are considered underdogs to a Spanish side that is undefeated at home in more than a decade and that featured players that have won European and international trophies. Online sportsbook bwin, for one, has the odds of 5/1 for an England win. Meanwhile, a Spanish victory and a draw have the odds of 3/5 and 14/5, respectively.
Spain were unbeaten in competitive home games since 2003.
They had never conceded three goals in a competitive home game.
It was 840 days since they were last beaten in 90 minutes.
And then they met Gareth Southgate’s England. pic.twitter.com/cT6yJuMfvK
— bet365 (@bet365) October 15, 2018
Spain 0-3 England pic.twitter.com/tTC2QwOVHo
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 15, 2018
This victory comes from England’s unexpected run to the semifinals at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, losing to eventual runners-up Croatia in extra time.
Goals Return for Talisman Sterling
Sterling, a Premier League champion with Manchester City, has the pace and the movement to lock his place in Southgate’s starting XI. However, he lacked output, failing to score in an England shirt since 2015.
That has changed in Spain after the winger scored two of England’s three goals. Sterling has shown the same ability to go past defenders—with or without the ball—at Manchester in the past two seasons.
Tomorrow's newspaper headlines:
"Sterling causes pain in Spain as the selfish gangster rap loving blingtastic footballer steals the limelight from his England teammates with two mistimed strikes." #ESPENGpic.twitter.com/KMYwbZ79g6
— Michael Gravesande (@OldBlackHack) October 15, 2018
After breaking his duck, Sterling could provide yet another deadly weapon Southgate can rely on moving forward.
Young Talents Ready for Euro 2020
It might be too early, but this English side—the youngest fielded in recent history—could be an integral part to Southgate’s squad coming to the UEFA European Championship in 2020 and possibly the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Defender Joe Gomez (21), a constant feature at Liverpool, has shown the composure of a veteran as the game went on. Rashford (20) was equal to the task when called up last night. Ben Chilwell (21) was decent in only his third English cap.
The bench was also filled with promising youngsters, from Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho (18) to Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah (23) and Leicester’s James Maddison (21), among others.
The youngest England side since 1959 have just beaten a Spain team who haven't lost a competitive home game in 15 years..
The future is bright 🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/cMNw5q9sJH
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) October 15, 2018
The Three Lions will welcome the US soccer team in a friendly on November 15 before returning to Nations League action in a match against Croatia at Wembley.
With only one match remaining, England needs to surpass Spain, who currently leads by 4 points.