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Recap & Highlights: Athenea Picks Up Assist In 6-0 Win Over Ukraine

Ivana and Misa stayed on the bench.

Ukraine v Spain: Group B - FIFA Women’s WorldCup 2023 Qualifier Photo by Stanislav Vedmid/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Spain continued their strong run of results in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers with a 6-0 win over Ukraine, making it three wins in three. Spain’s aggregate score after those matches now sits at 23-0.

Spain lined up in a back three formation, with Irene Paredes, Mapi León, and Andrea Pereira at the back. Athenea started the game and featured for 58 mins.

Alexia Putellas, playing in her record breaking 91st cap, marked the occasion with a goal inside 10 mins after a poor headed clearance in the box. She came close to scoring a second with a shot from outside the box.

Spain seemed in control the entire game while Ukraine made a couple of mistimed challenges and were sloppy on the ball. They didn’t really create any chances on goal either.

Spain increased doubled their lead thanks to a goal from Real Sociedad’s Amaiur Sarriegi, who has been in scintillating form this year. Athenea worked the ball into the box and Amaiur guided the delivery into the back of the net with the slightest of touches.

Spain were really sparked into life after the introduction of Ona Batlle in the 58th min. Playing on the right, Ona was a menace to Ukraine’s back line. She took on players and beat them with ease through her pace and dribbling. She was heavily involved in Spain’s next three goals, essentially creating all of them.

Alba Redondo capped off the game with a brilliant strike in the 92nd minute after a long ball from Ouahabi.

Real Madrid’s Ivana Andrés and Misa Rodríguez remained on the bench for the match.

The Spanish contingent will now return to Madrid ahead of the weekend clash against Valencia on October 31st.

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