The Spanish team defeated their Albanian guest, 2-1, in a friendly match as part of the preparations for the “Matador” to participate in the 2022 World Cup.
The first half ended 0-0, then Ferran Torres opened the scoring for Spain in the 75th minute, and Metro Yozuni equalized for the visitors in the 85th minute.
In the 90th minute, Dani Olmo scored the winning goal for Luis Enrique’s battalion.
The most outstanding fact of this match was its placement in the Espanyol stadium in Barcelona, in Catalonia, in the northeast of Spain, where most of the neighbors demand secession.
This is the first game that Spain has played in Catalonia in 18 years, specifically since their victory over Peru with the same score on February 18, 2004 at Montwick Stadium.
Playing with the Spanish team in Catalonia is considered one of the sensitive files in Spain, especially since the Catalan fans usually receive the national anthem and the Spanish flag with insults and jeers.
But the fans in Espanyol’s stadium showed great respect for the Spanish national anthem when it was played before the Albania match – they did not repeat it because they were speechless – and the Spanish flags were in abundance, with banners supporting the unity of the country in southwestern Europe.
The last time the Spanish team played at the Camp Nou stadium, FC Barcelona’s stronghold, was in November 1980, when they lost 1-2 to Poland in a friendly.
Spain is preparing to play another friendly at home against Iceland next Tuesday, at the Riazor stadium, the bastion of Deportivo La Coruña in Galicia.