Spain 3-1 Kosovo: Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres and Gerard Moreno secure easy victory for hosts


Spain 3-1 Kosovo: Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres and Gerard Moreno secure easy victory for hosts in commanding performance to get World Cup qualifying back on track

  • Spain cruised to a straightforward 3-1 victory over Kosovo on Thursday
  • Dani Olmo opened the scoring for Spain with a curling effort in the 34th minute
  • Just two minutes later Spain doubled their lead through Ferran Torres’ goal 
  • Besar Halimi pulled one back for Kosovo before Gerard Moreno scored for Spain 

Spain got their World Cup qualifying campaign back on solid ground after cantering to a leisurely 2-0 victory over Kosovo.

Goals from Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres ensured victory but only tell half the story in a game where Spain were totally in control from the first whistle. 

Luis Enrique’s men wholly dominated possession once again for the entire game, as they did in their last-gasp 2-1 victory against Georgia on Sunday. 

Spain enjoyed a very comfortable 3-1 victory over minnows Kosovo in their World Cup qualifier

Spain enjoyed a very comfortable 3-1 victory over minnows Kosovo in their World Cup qualifier

Spain broke the deadlock in the 34th minute when Dani Olmo (right) curled into the corner

Spain broke the deadlock in the 34th minute when Dani Olmo (right) curled into the corner

To emphasise the gulf between the sides, Kosovo did not muster a single shot at goal until the 59th minute, and it went wide.

But with just their second shot of the match Kosovo shocked their hosts by scoring through midfielder Besar Halimi. Spain quickly reasserted their authority, however, through a Gerard Moreno header to make it 3-1.  

Two minutes later Ferran Torres (right) doubled Spain’s lead with a crisp strike into the corner

Kosovo's Besar Halimi (no 8) scored a shock goal with just their second shot to make it 2-1

Kosovo’s Besar Halimi (no 8) scored a shock goal with just their second shot to make it 2-1

Pedri (left), who assisted Torres' goal, sees a shot from the edge of the box go wide of the post

Pedri (left), who assisted Torres’ goal, sees a shot from the edge of the box go wide of the post

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