Concerns are no doubt spreading at FC Barcelona on Thursday night, after Gavi was hauled off prematurely during Spain’s meeting with Greece.
Sarabia makes the difference
Luis Enrique’s side returned to action a short time ago.
La Roja made the trip to Athens for a World Cup qualifying showdown with the aforementioned Greece, aiming to take advantage of Sweden’s surprise slip-up in Georgia earlier this evening.
And, when all was said and done at the Athens Olympic Stadium, this is precisely what Spain managed, courtesy of a hard-fought victory.
A solitary goal – netted by Pablo Sarabia from the penalty spot inside half an hour – ultimately proved enough to guide the visitors to all three points, and a spot atop the Group A table.
L’Espagne ouvre la marque sur le terrain de la Grèce, l’œuvre de Pablo Sarabia, l’ancien parisien sur penalty. Match capital pour la Roja, toujours en course pour la qualification.
— L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) November 11, 2021
Concern for Gavi
As outlined above, however, amid an otherwise positive evening’s work, Spain were also dealt something of a blow on the personnel front.
This came with 65 minutes on the clock, when a heavy blow to the head forced youngster Gavi, enjoying another fine outing for his country, into an early departure from proceedings.
Gavi is subbed off for Spain because of a strong knock to his head. Busquets replaces him.
— barcacentre (@barcacentre) November 11, 2021
News of their midfield starlet’s problem will no doubt be met with widespread concern back at Barcelona, with Xavi Hernandez’s newly-inherited squad having been forced to deal with a whole host of issues on the personnel front to this point in the campaign.
Hopefully for the sake of both the Blaugrana and Gavi himself, though, the 17-year-old will not be forced into any kind of significant spell on the sidelines.
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