Spain has virtually guaranteed their top spot in Group A of the Euro 2024 qualification stage with a convincing 3-1 win over Cyprus in Limassol. The victory was sealed with three first-half goals, setting the tone for a dominant performance.
Lamine Yamal provided La Roja with an excellent start, scoring his second international goal in just his third appearance after rounding the Cypriot goalkeeper from a precise Mikel Merino pass. The 16-year-old's early goal set the stage for Spain's commanding lead.
Mikel Oyarzabal extended Spain's advantage in the 22nd minute, slotting home a cross from debutant Alejandro Grimaldo. Initially ruled out for offside, the goal was rightfully awarded after a VAR check, showcasing the effectiveness of the video review system.
Oyarzabal turned from scorer to provider a few minutes later, delivering a corner from the right that found Joselu Mato at the back post. The Real Madrid striker capitalized from close range, securing Spain's comfortable 3-0 lead at halftime.
Although Spain opted to control the game in the second half, they couldn't maintain a clean sheet as Kostas Pileas scored a consolation goal for Cyprus.
The outcome, coupled with Scotland's loss to Georgia, positions Spain three points ahead at the top of Group A. With a significantly superior goal difference, Spain has virtually assured their place as leaders in the group, signaling a promising path to the next stage of the Euro 2024 qualification.