The Spanish soccer team is played this Wednesday his survival at Euro 2020. They need to beat Slovakia at La Cartuja so as not to depend on anyone and qualify for the round of 16 of the tournament, a situation on the razor’s edge that the ‘Red’ has already lived on other occasions with different luck. We review some of them.

1. WORLD CUP RUSSIA 2018. You don’t have to go too far back to see Spain pressed in in the final group stage game. In the middle of the ‘storm’ unleashed after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui, Spain faced the final duel against the eliminated Morocco with 4 points and they were worth the victory and the draw, but they came to lose 2-1 and in the hands of what Portugal did against Iran. A goal from Aspas in 91, validated by the VAR, gave final relief.

2. WORLD BRAZIL 2014. The national team was unlucky in defending their 2010 title and couldn’t even make it to the final match of the group stage with options. The win conceded against the Netherlands (1-5) forced Chile to win, but lost 2-0 and was eliminated prematurely.

3. EURO CUP 2012. The ‘Red’ reached their last match in the group stage with 4 points, the same as their rival, Croatia, and with Italy, with 2. The tie was worth to Spaniards and Croats, and while the ‘Azzurra’ won their match against Ireland, the goalless draw lengthened the tension because a little Croatian left out the current champion. Jesus NavasIn ’87, it ended any kind of anguish and Spain finally ended up champion and entering history.

4. WORLDWIDE 2010. South Africa saw one of the most tense ‘finals’ of the ‘golden generation’ of national football. After losing to Switzerland in its debut and winning Honduras, the victory against Chile was only worth it to pass. Despite everything, Vicente del Bosque’s team scored at a very good level, especially in the first half, and won 2-1 to start their final path to the Jules Rimet Cup.

5. EURO CUP 2004. The national team could not overcome that group stage because of the last game against the host. Greece’s surprising victory over Portugal and the subsequent draw of Iñaki Sáez’s men against the Greeks, caused that they had to add at least one point, but the ‘tugas’ prevailed with a goal from Nuno Gomes and the tournament ended for the Spanish for the ‘goal-average’ with the subsequent champion.

6. EURO CUP 2000. Possibly one of the moments more agonizing that the Spanish team lived. After losing to Norway and winning Slovenia, Spain had to beat Yugoslavia in the last game to avoid depending on the Norwegians. In a ‘crazy’ game, those of José Antonio Camacho trailing 3-2 in minute 94 and they were out. Mendieta equalized a penalty and Alfonso scored on a loose ball in the area to unleash the euphoria in an incredible comeback.

7. WORLDWIDE 1998. Spain had a resounding disappointment in the World Cup in France, where he arrived with a team ready to fight, but that did not go beyond the first phase. The defeat against Nigeria (3-2) weighed him down and the draw against Paraguay (0-0) left her without depending on herself for the last game. He beat Bulgaria (6-1), but the Paraguayans did not fail against the ‘Super Eagles’ and sent Javier Clemente’s men home.

8. EURO CUP 1996. The ‘Red’ also arrived at that continental event very stressed after signing two draws in their first two games against Bulgaria and France. To go to the quarterfinals he needed to win over the eliminated Romania and for the Bulgarians to lose to the French. A goal from Guillermo Amor at minute 84 allowed a suffered pass.

9. EURO CUP 1988. In this final phase, then with only eight teams, Spain was playing the pass to the semifinals against Germany after having beaten Denmark and having lost with Italy. The hosts did not forgive with a double by Rudi Voeller and they took revenge in 1984.

10. EURO CUP 1984. And it is that four years before, in the continental event held in France, the Spanish team enjoyed a magical night. After drawing against Romania and Portugal, he needed to beat the all-powerful Federal Republic of Germany, the current world runner-up and which was worth the draw to pass. The Arconada stops they held those of Miguel Muñoz and a header from Maceda In 1990 he worked another miracle for a team that had qualified for that final phase with the 12-1 victory over Malta.

By Editor

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