Albania vs Spain, Euro 2024: Lamine Yamal and Co. benched; Major talking points from ALB v ESP

Albania clashes against leader Spain in its final Euro 2024 Group B match at the Dusseldorf Arena eyeing a qualification spot to the Round of 16.


Take a look at the major talking points from the match:

Spain starts 10 new players

Spain, having already qualified top, has opted to rest key players.

David Raya, Daniel Vivian, Mikel Merino, Joselu, Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres, Alejandro Grimaldo, Martin Zubimendi, Mikel Oyarzabal and Jesus Navas, all of these players are making their debut in the Spain’s starting 11 in Euro 2024.

There have only been three times when a team has made 10 changes from one game to another in Euros history; Spain vs. Greece (2008), Spain vs. Italy (2008), Spain vs. Albania (2024).

How can Albania qualify for Round of 16?

If Albania wins: If Albania beats Spain and Croatia beats Italy, Albania will go through to the round of 16, if it has a better goal difference than Croatia.

If Albania draws: If Albania draws against Spain, it will have a chance of qualifying after finishing third place only if Italy beats or draws against Croatia.

Ferran Torres goal scoring record for Spain

Ferran Torres has now scored the same amount of Euro goals as David Silva and Cesc Fabregas (3).

Only Alvaro Morata, Fernando Torres and David Villa have more for Spain.

Olmo shining against Albania

Only Cesc Fabregas (5) has provided more assists for Spain at the Euros than Dani Olmo (4) since 1968. Olmo has only made seven appearances in the tournament so far.

-Inputs from Squawka

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