Georgia vs. Spain: Why Close Spanish Win Is Reason for La Roja to Be Concerned

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer ISeptember 12, 2012

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Spain barely won its 2014 World Cup classification against Georgia.

Roberto Soldado was able to score with help from Cesc Fabregas at the 86th mark.

While the victory was great, it should be a cause of concern for Spain. The reasons can be summed up with what transpired for each team during the match.



Giorgi Loria deserves to be admired for his brilliant work as Georgia´s goalkeeper in this qualifying match. Loria was able to resist attempts by Xavi Hernandez and David Silva to score in the first half.

Roin Kvaskhvadse was the goalkeeper for Georgia during the second half of the match. Kvaskhvadse resisted the pressure from Spain until the 86th mark, but he was unable to resist the goal scored at that point by Soldado, with an assist from Fabregas.

Vicente Del Bosque, who is Spain´s manager, recognized that Georgia is a tough opponent.

In an interview with the Spanish Football Federation website (with a h/t to FIFA), Del Bosque praised Georgia for being organized in defense and strength. Georgia faced Belarus on September 7, 2012, and defeated it by one point.

Loria was successful in blocking the attempts of Belarus players Sergei Kornilenko and Anton Putsila to score. Georgia appears to be a powerful team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Europe.



Spain did not appear like the team that won Euro 2008, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012. Iker Casillas appeared to be on the defensive during the match.

Aleksandr Amisulashvili almost scored a goal past Casillas close to the right area of the goal post. This is something that should not have happened to Spain if it wanted to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Hernandez and Silva were among the players that experienced difficulties penetrating Georgia's defenses. As previously stated, Silva and Hernandez could not even kick the ball past Georgia's goalkeeper, Loria.

Del Bosque recognized that Georgia was tough and tried to make changes with Soldado and Fabregas.

While the efforts of Del Bosque helped, it still took Spain until the end of the match to score.



It is hoped that Spain learns a lesson from its recent victory over Georgia. Spain must play with a strong and consistent midfield that is defensive.

Iker Casillas should remain the goalkeeper for the Spanish national football team. The reason is his ability to resist attempts (in the majority of cases) by opponents to score.

This scenario should continue until Spain classifies for the World Cup.

It remains to be seen whether this will happen.