Spain Dominates Northern Ireland 5-1: La Roja Concludes Euro 2024 Prep with Dazzling Display

Spain’s sprightly squad lit up the pitch, hammering Northern Ireland with a resounding 5-1 victory as they wrapped up their Euro 2024 tune-ups.

In a repeat of his previous exploits, Luis de la Fuente observed his team hammer five past Andorra, echoing that offensive prowess against Northern Ireland. Initially trailing after Dan Ballard’s early header from Caolan Boyd-Munce’s slick cross, Spain found their rhythm swiftly.

Merely six minutes later, Pedri and Alvaro Morata flipped the script with rapid strikes, restoring dominance for the three-time European champs. Countering adversity, Barcelona’s Pedri clinched another after Nico Williams set him up, beating Bailey Peacock-Farrell comprehensively.

Before halftime, the spotlight shifted to Lamine Yamal, another La Masia prodigy. He lofted a ball to Fabian Ruiz, who netted his second on international turf. Mikel Oyarzabal, fresh from a hat-trick against Andorra, continued his scoring frenzy, with Yamal pilfering the ball and assisting the Real Sociedad ace.

Data Debrief: Spain Unleashed

Spain has faltered only once in their past 27 home games (W22 D4), remaining solid in their last seven outings with 27 goals to their name. Despite their efforts, Northern Ireland’s woes in Spain persist, winless in their last ten visits, with their previous six defeated by an aggregate of 3-19.

Yamal’s contribution was particularly stellar, playing a part in five goals across seven senior caps (two goals, three assists). Meanwhile, Pedri sets records as the youngest Spaniard to net a brace since Ferran Torres’s exploit against Germany in November 2020.

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