Fati on target as Spain clinches win against Jordan ahead of World Cup

Spain clinched a 3-1 win against Jordan in an international friendly at the Amman International Stadium

Ansu Fati seized his chance to impress Spain manager Luis Enrique as the Barcelona youngster scored in his side’s 3-1 victory over Jordan in a World Cup warm-up on Thursday.

The 20-year-old was handed a start and needed only 13 minutes to make his mark in a sold-out Amman International Stadium, converting from a pass by Marco Asensio.

With all eyes on Fati after doubts over whether he would make the 26-man squad, he looked lively, missing a couple of attempts as a Spanish side featuring several fringe players dominated.

Spain made a host of changes after the break, with Robert Sanchez replaced in goal by David Raya, who was called into action to keep out a fine effort by Mahmoud Mardi.

The former world champion doubled its lead in the 56th minute when Carlos Soler dribbled into the box and set up Pablo Sarabia, who made a mess of his effort, but Gavi seized on the loose ball to fire home.

Youngster Nico Williams, who replaced Fati late on, did his cause no harm with a well-taken third in the 84th minute.

Spain blotted its copybook as Jordan managed a late consolation through substitute Hamza Al Dardour after a mistake by substitute Cesar Azpilicueta.

Luis Enrique’s side faces Costa Rica in their World Cup opener on November 23, and they also face Germany and Japan in Group E.

Sources: https://sportstar.thehindu.com/football/fifa-world-cup-spain-beats-jordan-nico-williams-gavi-ansu-fati-qatar-wc-22-jor-vs-esp-international-football/article66150484.ece

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