International overview: Pablo Fornals scores in Spain

Pablo Fornals celebrates his goal against Kosovo

Pablo Fornals scored his first senior international goal as Spain recorded a 2-0 victory in Kosovo on Wednesday night.

The West Ham United midfielder opened the scoring with 32 minutes on the clock in Pristina, before Manchester City’s Ferran Torres secured the game after the break.

It completes a successful international window for Fornals, who have won their first caps since 2018 and also provided an assist in Spain’s victory over Georgia this weekend.

With Sweden’s loss to Greece, Spain also extended their lead over the Scandinavians to four points at the top of Group B in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup next winter, although Sweden have two fewer matches.

Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Declan Rice was a starter for England as Poland snatched a point with an equalizer in added time in Warsaw.

Harry Kane’s 72nd-minute goal looked set to extend England’s perfect Group I record, but a final leveler from Damian Szymanski ensured the game would end 1-1.

England’s position is still more than healthy, with 16 points from six matches, giving them a four-point lead over Albania and five more than Poland.

Declan Rice in action for England vs Poland
Declan Rice in action for England against Poland. Photo by Dickie Pelham

Finally, four Hammers took part in the 1-1 draw between the Czech Republic and Ukraine.

Vladimír Coufal, Tomáš Souček and Alex Král all started for the Czechs, who fell behind Viktor Korniyenko’s first half.

Andriy Yarmolenko, who clinched his 102nd Ukrainian national team, also started the game in Plzeň, but Czech Matěj Vydra equalized late to secure the draw.

Add a Comment