Spain vs Lithuania Friendly International LIVE Football Score 8 June 2021
Spain will complete their preparations for this summer’s European Championships with a friendly against Lithuania in Leganes on Tuesday night.
La Roja will enter the contest off the back of a goalless draw with Portugal on Friday, while Lithuania suffered a 3-1 loss to Latvia in the Baltic Cup on the same evening.
Spain’s team for this match will involve Under-21 players, as Sergio Busquets has tested positive for coronavirus, meaning that close contacts of the midfielder are having to self-isolate.
Spain, as mentioned, played out a 0-0 draw with Portugal on Friday night, but La Roja will be keen to enter Euro 2020 off the back of a win, even if the team will involve players not taking part in the competition.
Luis Enrique‘s side have been drawn into Group E this summer alongside Poland, Slovakia and Sweden – three extremely capable teams – but it would be a huge surprise if they did not progress to the knockout stages.
Spain, who are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions, have won two of the last three European Championships, but they failed to make an impression at Euro 2016, being eliminated in the round of 16 by Italy.
Enrique is certainly taking the national team in a new direction, with a number of younger players being given chances to make their mark at this level, and it was a very bold decision from the head coach to leave Sergio Ramos out of his squad for the European Championships.
Time will tell whether this Spain side is capable of making a serious impression at Euro 2020, but the amount of talent in their squad means that it is difficult to write them off.
Lithuania, meanwhile, have suffered back-to-back defeats in the Baltic Cup this month, losing 1-0 to Estonia on June 1 before suffering a 3-1 reverse to Latvia on Friday.
Following Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets testing positive for Covid-19, the Spain U21 side have been recruited at short notice to fulfil this friendly against Lithuania, which was originally supposed to be the final opportunity for Luis Enrique to assess his side in a match environment ahead of their opening EURO 2020 contest vs Sweden. Therefore, a raft of young Spanish players are set to make their senior international debut under the guidance of U21 boss Luis de la Fuente. They face an opponent in Lithuania who have been beaten in each of their last five international fixtures (including friendlies), scoring just a single goal over the course of those matches. Spain U21s in contrast are coming off the back of a run to the semi-finals of the European U21 Championships and will be familiar with one another, having played together only last Friday in their 0-1 defeat to Portugal U21s. No doubt they will be desperate to make an impact against a weak senior opponent and show Luis Enrique that the future is bright for Spanish international football. Whilst the experience of Lithuania may see them find the net against such a youthful opposition bound to make mistakes with the ball on occasions and perhaps struggle in set piece situations, Spain are more than capable of creating numerous opportunities themselves against an opponent short on confidence and off the back of having shipped three goals away to Latvia in their most recent match. Whilst the result itself could go either way, both teams to score should prove the smart play.