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Kosovo vz Spain

Match Info
MATCH :
Kosovo vz Spain
DATE:
09-09-2021
TIME :
12:15 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
STADIUM:
 Fadil Vokrri Stadium

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Team Lineup

⭕ Kosovo XI: Muric; Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Fazliji, Hadergjonaj; Rashani, Loshaj, Dresevic, Bytyqi; Muriqi, Rashica

⭕ Spain XI: Unai Simón; Marcos Llorente, Iñigo Martínez, Laporte, Reguilón; Carlos Soler, Busquets, Koke; Fornals, Morata, Ferrán Torres.


Match preview

Kosovo began the World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0 home loss to Sweden, before being beaten 3-1 by opponents on Wednesday in Seville in March.
However, on their return to the playoffs in this round of matches, Bernard Challandes’ team came off the mark with a close 1-0 victory over Georgia.
Vedat Muriqi put the visitors ahead in the first 20 minutes, and they stood strong to defend that lead and secure the three points.
Muriqi was the hero again last time, as he scored a game-winning goal in the 92nd minute to see them draw 1-1 at home to Greece after Anastasios Douvikas put the visitors ahead at the break.
Having struggled to win a major draw and take their tally to four points last time, Kosovo would be left just three points behind Spain with a game in hand if they can topple La Roja on Wednesday, in their bid to reach a first World Cup.
However, they face a particularly tough test as the visiting nation looks to stretch their lead at the top of the group.
While Spain had a somewhat disappointing draw with Greece in their first World Cup qualifying match in March, they bounced back in style with a 2-1 win over Georgia and a 3-1 win against opponents on Wednesday.
Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres, and Gerard Moreno took the lead as Luis Enrique’s men sidestepped Kosovo, before heading to the European Championships this summer.
Despite a slow start, with their first group matches against Sweden and Poland resulting in draws, Spain advanced to the final of 16 thanks to a 5-0 win by Slovakia and prevailed in a 5-3 win thereafter. of extra time against Croatia to break into the quarterfinals.
Their encounter with Switzerland was again tied, and Enrique’s men prevailed on a penalty shoot-out but fell short in the semi-final shootout against eventual winner Italy.
After that relatively impressive run, La Roja returned to World Cup qualifying action with a clash against Sweden but fell to a 2-1 loss when Carlos Soler’s opener in the fourth minute was immediately canceled by Alexander Isak before Viktor Claesson scored the winning goal for his opponents at the hour mark.
That moved Sweden just one point behind with two games in hand, and with only one guaranteed World Cup spot available to each group, they will be desperate to stay in the first place.
They maintained their position at the top with a 4-0 win over Georgia last time, as José Gaya, Soler, Torres, and Pablo Sarabia joined the minutes, and they will be aware that they need to continue adding victories in their bid to defend against Sweden.

Kosovo possible starting lineup:

Muric; Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Aliti, Hadergjonaj; Halimi, Dresevic, Berisha; Rashica, Muriqi, Kastrati

Spain possible starting lineup:

Sanchez; Azpilicueta, Garcia, Albiol, Alba; Llorente, Rodri, Soler; Torres, Morata, Sarabia
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