What was once a rarity has become a habit. For the fourth time in its history, Spain will step on a major continental tournament after sealing its pass to the European Championship in England 2022 – postponed to that year due to the pandemic – by beating Azerbaijan 0-13 with an indisputable superiority. It will be the third consecutive Euro in which the women’s team will participate – which debuted in this competition in 1997 – after doing so in 2013 and 2017, when they reached the quarterfinals.
There were no doubts in a party that Spain always led. The debutant Misa Rodríguez, who is having a formidable season in the Real Madrid goal, was left cold. He passed the game without touching the ball, practicing warm-up exercises so as not to freeze at the ASK Arena stadium in Baku. Not a stop had to be made by the Canarian guard, who saw some 70 meters away how their teammates crowded the Azerbaijan team on their area and put a bag of goals on them.
In the 21st minute, Esther González, the Levante forward, opened the ban. The gunner, who also dominates the game on her back and the control of spaces, finished off a pass from Mariona Caldentey from the right. Instantly he got wet again three times: in the 24th a center from Patri Guijarro hit the net, in the 29th he did the same with an assist from Mapi León and on the 31st he caught a rejection in the small area after a heel strike.
The Azerbaijani team lived the match confined in their area, without technical capacity to hold the ball and avoid the possessions of Spain, which moved the leather from one band to another and always found ways to progress and do damage. Jenni Hermoso, who started the game two goals from the historical record of the Galician Vero Boquete with La Roja, stopped flying and began to step on more area after half an hour. She swelled with five goals and became the top Spanish gunner with 39, three more than Boquete.
Esther González scored another two goals in the second half, while Mariona, Eva Navarro and Nerea Eizaguirre scored one. In the second section there was also time for him to debut with the absolute Maite Oroz, the brain of Real Madrid, a midfielder with an exquisite technique. The match and the classification show the evolution of Spain, which in little more than five years has gone from playing its first World Cup to qualifying without haste for major championships – next week they will face Poland in Las Rozas with nothing at stake. succeed in lower categories – they have added a World Cup and four Europeans since 2015 between the U-17, the U-19 and the U-20 – and aim high in the 2022 Eurocup.
AZERBAIJAN 0 – 13 SPAIN
Azerbaijan: Aytaj Sharifova; Vusala Seyfatdinova, Nigar Mirzaliyeva, Nargiz Hajiyeva, Alina Dorofeeva, Yeliz Acar (Ayshan Ahmadova, d. 77); Vusala Hajiyeva (Joshguna Aliyeva, d. 58), Nazlican Parlak, Aysun Aliyeva, Diana Mammadova and Firangiz Teymurova.
Spain: Misa Rodríguez; Andrea Pereira (Laia Aleixandri, m. 77), Mapi León (Ona Batlle, m. 58); Marta Cardona, Patri Guijarro (Maite Oroz, m. 58), Alexia Putellas (Nerea Eizaguirre, m. 68), Aitana Bonmatí, Mariona Caldentey; Jenni Hermoso and Esther González.
Goals: 0-1, M. 21. Esther González. 0-2, M. 24. Esther González. 0-3, M. 30. Esther González. 0-4, M. 31. Esther González. 0-5. M. 33, Jenni Hermoso. 0-6. M. 43, Jenni Hermoso. 0-7, M. 57. Mariona Caldentey. 0-8. M. 67. Jenni Hermoso. 0-9. M. 75. Eva Navarro. 0-10. M. 82. Jenni Hermoso. 0-11. M. 84. Nerea Eizagirre. 0-1. M. 87. Esther González. 0-13. M. 90 + 3. Jenni Beautiful.
Referee: Maria Marotta (ITA). He admonished Seyfatdinova (min. 56) and Allyeva (min. 60).
Baku ASK Arena Stadium.
The first of each group get the direct ticket for the tournament. Spain is already first with 19 points, three more than Poland, which has already played all eight games – Spain has one left. The three best seconds are also classified, while the other six seconds will play a ‘playoffs’ to define the last three places.
Qualified teams: Belgium, Denmark, England (host), France, Germany, Iceland (one of the three best runners-up), Holland (current champion), Norway, Sweden and Spain.
Teams confirmed in the play-offs: Northern Ireland, Russia, Ukraine.