The Spanish national football team continued its perfect campaign in qualifying for Euro 2020, beating Romania 2-1 on Thursday in a match in which they ended up suffering from 10 players for the expulsion of defender Diego Llorente.
Sergio Ramos did the right thing by putting Spain ahead in the 27th minute through a penalty kick, in the fourth goal scored by the captain of the “Red” in the five qualifiers for the Euro and the third from the 12 steps.
Spain created numerous opportunities to increase the scoring gap, but the outstanding reflexes of Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu drowned out the Spaniards’ goal cry.
Paco Alcácer gave the visitors peace of mind by putting the ball 2-0 early in the second half after missing three clear chances, but Florin Andone, who came on from the bench, put Romania back in the fight with a goal in the 59th minute.
The goal woke up the local fans, whose support for their team increased even more after the direct red card shown by the referee to Llorente 11 minutes from the end.
Close to the end, Romania could have kept the draw, but striker George Puscas wasted a clear chance after a great save from Kepa.
Spain lead Group F of the European qualifiers with 15 points from five matches, followed by Sweden with 10 and Norway with 8. Romania finished fourth with 7.
In other highlights of the day, Italy defeated Armenia 3-1 away in Group J, while Ireland and Switzerland drew 1-1 in Group D.