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Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Spain Edges Past Romania As Italy Fights Back To Beat Armenia

Spain and Italy have maintained perfect records in the euro 2020 qualifiers following Spain’s 2-1 victory in Romania and Italy’s 3-1 victory against Armenia.

The European giants who did not give an impressive display in the last night fixtures managed to coast to victory after a very tough contest with their opponents.

Spain who maintained a winning streak in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign managed to coast home with a 2-1 victory after being reduced to 10 men with defender Diego Llorente being sent off

Spain made it five wins out of five in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign by earning a scrappy 2-1 victory in Romania on Thursday despite playing the final stages with 10 men after defender Diego Llorente was sent off.

Captain Sergio Ramos gave Spain a deserved lead in the 27th minute by converting a penalty to score a fourth goal in five European Qualifiers, his third from the spot.

Paco Alcacer put Spain further at ease by scoring early in the second half after missing three clear chances in the first, but substitute Florin Andone brought Romania back into contention with a close-range strike in the 59th minute.

The goal energized the loud  home crowd as they grew more determined after Llorente was shown a straight red card with 11 minutes left for denying a clear scoring opportunity with a foul.

Spain were let off the hook when George Puscas blazed over the bar in stoppage time after an outstanding save from goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and they clung on to earn a first win away to Romania at the seventh attempt.

Moreno’s side top Group F with 15 points from five games, Sweden are second with 10 after thrashing the Faroe Islands 4-0 away from home, while Norway are third on eight after beating Malta 2-0. Romania slipped down to fourth place on seven.

In another game of the qualifiers, Italy came from behind to defeat 10-man Armenia 3-1 and maintain their 100 per cent record in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Scoring the last two goals in the final quarter of the game,  Roberto goals from Andrea Belotti, Lorenzo Pellegrini and an own goal from Armenia goalkeeper Aram Hayrapetyan gave the Roberto Maccini side a two goals margin win.

Alexander Karapetian claimed a surprise 11th-minute opener in Yerevan but the home side’s hopes of an upset were dealt a blow when the striker was sent off in first-half stoppage time.

Italy also struck the woodwork through Federico Bernardeschi immediately after equalising, while Belotti had two goals disallowed for offside, one incorrectly.

Elsewhere in Group J, Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Liechtenstein 6-0, while Teemu Pukki continued his fine form with the only goal from the spot as Finland beat Greece 1-0. His side are in control in the group alongside the Italians.


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