Marta Corredera and Marta Cardona were in Spain’s starting 11 for the European Championship Qualifier against the Czech Republic. Corredera picked up her 80th cap for the national team with this start.
Teresa Abelleira, Ivana Andrés, and Misa Rodríguez were on the bench for Spain and were unused substitutes.
Spain opened the scoring in just the first minute through Esther Gonzalez. Alexia Putellas lofted a beautiful cross on to the striker’s head and Gonzalez finished calmly. Spain dominated possession throughout the first half, but their opponents recovered well after the goal.
In the 25th minute, Patricia Guijarro put on a show. The midfielder popped the ball over a defender and dribbled into space. She wasn’t closed down and decided to send a rocket into the back of the Czech net making it 2-0. Aitana Bonmati added the third. She struck a fierce volley and the Czech keeper was forced to pick the ball out of the back of her net again.
Corredera and Cardona both looked comfortable in possession and helped circulate thplay. Corredera was in her element running at defenders and provided a few dangerous crosses. Cardona grew into the match, taking on more players and executing a couple nice dribbling sequences.
Putellas added another golazo to the mix, making it 4-0. The midfielder’s goal was the best of the bunch and there were three stunning finishes to choose from.
Corredera and Cardona almost linked up for a goal but the pass was just out of the reach of Cardona. It was the latter’s last action of the match because she was subbed off in the 59th minute.
Corredera played the full ninety, but as substitutes came in she was shifted to left back. Spain will play Moldova and Poland down the line as the former looks to secure their spot in the European Championship.