Spain win in Romania thanks to fine Kepa Arrizabalaga save

Spain win in Romania thanks to fine Kepa Arrizabalaga save

Spain needed a superb last-minute save from Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to keep up their 100% record in Group F.

Kepa denied Reading striker George Puscas with his legs as 10-man Spain recorded a first win in Romania.

Sergio Ramos put Spain ahead from the penalty spot before Borussia Dortmund forward Paco Alcacer steered in.

Former Brighton forward Florin Andone headed in and defender Diego Llorente was sent off, but Spain held on.

Kepa – who has replaced Manchester United’s David de Gea as first choice – made sure Spain took the points when he reacted superbly to stop Puscas’ header from close range.

The match was the first since Robert Moreno permanently replaced Luis Enrique as head coach, and there was a minute’s silence in memory of Enrique’s nine-year-old daughter, Xana, who died last week.

Next up for the former European champions is a home game against the Faroe Islands on Monday.

Line-ups

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Substitutes

Spain

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Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, Romania 1, Spain 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Romania 1, Spain 2.

Foul by Mario Hermoso (Spain).

Florin Andone (Romania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Pablo Sarabia (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Razvan Marin (Romania).

Booking

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Spain) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Dragos Grigore (Romania) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high following a corner.

Attempt saved. George Puscas (Romania) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ianis Hagi with a cross.

Corner, Romania. Conceded by Mario Hermoso.

Attempt saved. George Puscas (Romania) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ianis Hagi.

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Spain).

Ianis Hagi (Romania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Ionut Nedelcearu.

Attempt missed. Pablo Sarabia (Spain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Mikel Oyarzabal.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Ionut Nedelcearu.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Mario Hermoso replaces Paco Alcácer.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Spain).

George Puscas (Romania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Dragos Grigore.

Attempt blocked. Ianis Hagi (Romania) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Dismissal

Diego Llorente (Spain) is shown the red card.

Foul by Diego Llorente (Spain).

George Puscas (Romania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Pablo Sarabia replaces Dani Ceballos.

Booking

Saúl Ñíguez (Spain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Saúl Ñíguez (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Razvan Marin (Romania).

Attempt missed. Saúl Ñíguez (Spain) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paco Alcácer following a corner.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Alin Tosca.

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Spain).

Vlad Chiriches (Romania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Romania. Romario Benzar tries a through ball, but George Puscas is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Romania. Alexandru Maxim replaces Ciprian Deac.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Mikel Oyarzabal replaces Rodrigo Moreno.

Attempt missed. Paco Alcácer (Spain) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Paco Alcácer (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabián Ruiz.

Attempt saved. Sergio Busquets (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.

Attempt blocked. Rodrigo Moreno (Spain) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabián Ruiz.

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