MATCH REPORT | Spain put on a show in Burgos (3-1)

Goals from María Méndez, Jenni Hermoso and Mariona secured Spain 's comeback and consolidated their position at the top of the table.

Montse Tomé’s Spain had a clear objective pre-match: to win and to put in an entertaining performance for the Burgos fans who have shown them so much love and affection during their stay in the city.

In a stadium that was packed to the rafters with passionate local Burgos national team supporters, the home team went all guns blazing right from the start. In the first minutes Spain took control of the ball and had the best opportunities to open the scoring. Before the 15-minute mark passed, Lucia Garcia and Athenea had already tried their luck a handful of times at beating Votíková in goal for the visitors.

With the home team on the front foot, the chances did not stop coming, nor did the rapturous support from the stands at El Plantío, who continued to cheer on their World Champions. The chants of "Spain, Spain!" were followed by Mexican waves that got the whole stadium bouncing and as they enjoyed the national team's football.

After half an hour of play, the best chances of the first half came for both teams. In the 34th minute, the Czech Dubcová drove a ball close to Misa's goal, but just two minutes later, Alexia connected a powerful shot that went agonisingly wide of the left corner of the Czech goal. Despite Spain's constant attempts, the game went into half-time with the scores still remaining goalless.

The opening minutes of the second half continued in the same pattern, with dominance and a spate of clear chances for Spain, but attempts by Mariona, Irene Paredes and Athenea failed to find the back of the net. In the 56th minute, in what was the first real chance for the Czech team, Sonntagová managed to find the goal and put the Czech Republic ahead.

Spain's rival's goal only encouraged Spain to continue pushing forward and looking for the equalizer and, in the 58th minute, María Méndez sent the ball into the back of the net from an Alexia Putellas corner kick. It was then Jenni Hermoso's turn, beating the Czech goalkeeper with a low shot to turn the score around completely in just five minutes and give the Spanish national team the lead.

Our team kept pushing and pushing. In 68', after an individual bit of play from Athenea del Castillo, her shot hit the top of the Czech post. Moments later, in the 70th minute, Mariona scored again, scoring past Votíková and bringing delirium to the stands of El Plantío.

The third goal finally meant the Spanish internationals could relax, and their good play until the final whistle reflected that. Salma, Vicky and Olga, who had both came on during the second half, created several clear chances in the final minutes, but the scoreboard refused to budge again.

Objective achieved: victory by three goals to one, great game and the fans of Burgos sent home with beaming smiles because of their national team. Spain also consolidated thier position at the top of its group with 6 points out of 6.



Starting lineup: Misa Rodríguez (P); Ona Batlle, Irene Paredes (C), María Méndez; Maite Oroz, (Teresa Abelleira, min. 73), Jenni Hermoso, Alexia Putellas (Vicky López, min. 61), Mariona Caldentey; Eva Navarro (Olga Carmona, min. 46), Athenea del Castillo (Alba Redondo, min. 82) y Lucía García (Salma Paralluelo, min. 61).

Substitutes: Adriana Nanclares (P), Elene Lete (P), Teresa Abelleira, Fiamma Benítez, Salma Paralluelo, Esther González, Vicky López, Laia Aleixandri, Silvia Lloris, Olga Carmona, Sheila García y Alba Redondo.

Coach: Montse Tomé


Starting lineup: Barbora Votíková (P); Gabriela Šlajsová, Aneta Dědinová, Aneta Pochmanová, Eva Bartoňová; Klára Cahynová (C), Eliška Sonntagová, Tereza Krejčiříková (Alena Pěčková, min. 73), Kamila Dubcová (Antonie Stárová, min. 73); Tereza Szewieczková (Michaela Khýrová, min. 43) y Andrea Stašková (Kristýna Růžičková, min. 84).

Substitutes: Ivana Pižlová (P), Michaela Radová (P), Petra Bertholdová, Dominika Huvarová, Kristýna Růžičková, Antonie Stárová, Michaela Khýrová, Kateřina Kotrčová, Alena Pěčková, Miroslava Mrázová y Franny Černá.

Coach:  Karel Rada

0-1 | Eliška Sonntagová, min. 56

1-1 | María Méndez, min. 58

2-1 | Jenni Hermoso, min. 62

3-1 | Mariona Caldentey, min. 70

Referee: Jelena Cvetković (SRB)

Assistant referees: Ivana Jovanovic (SRB) y Aleksandra Kostić (SRB)

Fourth official: Milica Milovanovic (SRB)

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El Plantío Stadium, Burgos

Yellow cards: Eva Bartoňová (min. 17) and Gabriela Šlajsová (min. 77) for Czech Republic and Olga Carmona (min. 63) for Spain.

Official attendance: 9,982.