Georgia vs Spain: La Roja Doesn't Need to Worry After Tight 1-0 Win

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 12, 2012

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23:  Fernando Torres and Xavi of Spain embrace after victory during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Though a 1-0 victory against Georgia by way of a late, 86th minute goal doesn't sound very convincing for the dynastic Spanish side, they're still settled as the world's greatest power and have nothing to worry about.

It took nearly the full 90 minutes for Spain to pull this one out, but they extended their streak of 23 consecutive wins in qualifying matches for major tournaments.

No losses, and more impressively, no draws in 23 consecutive matches that have huge implications. Some qualifying matches they don't even need to press to win if they're high enough in the standings. 

Spain's last non-win was a draw against Iceland for 2008. When Spain last failed to win a qualifying match, George W. Bush was still the President of the U.S.

They could've easily gone out unmotivated with a large points lead and drawn, especially when facing similarly elite international powerhouses. But, despite often sitting their most prominent players for rest, they've still managed to win nearly every game to put together quite an impressive streak.

Spain was criticized at will between the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, but they proved their haters wrong in the best way they could. Quite frankly, the only way they should prove us wrong in the foreseeable future is by losing, because that obviously doesn't happen much at all anymore. 

La Roja displayed a massive amount of depth in Euro 2012, and that's a major step forward considering many of their stars are quickly aging. 

This isn't the type of team that's going to change face much, if at all, before the 2014 World Cup. I know the sports world loves to throw so many international teams' names into the pot of favorites for major tournaments, but any tournament Spain's in should have to be pried from their hands.

To clear things up, Spain was absolutely not at their best in Euro 2012. But guess who held up the champions' trophy in the end? 

It just went to show that Spain doesn't have to play their best football to be the best in the world. And that alone is a scary thought for every other international team. 


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