July 15th, 2024

Spain beats Georgia 4-1 to reach Euro 2024 quarterfinals. It next plays host Germany


By James Ellingworth, The Associated Press on June 30, 2024.

Fans arrive for a round of sixteen match between Spain and Georgia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) – Spain recovered from a goal down to beat Georgia 4-1 for a spot in the Euro 2024 quarterfinals, ending one of the tournament’s most compelling underdog stories.

Goals from midfielders Rodri and Fabián Ruiz brought Spain back into the game after Robin Le Normand’s early own-goal had given Georgia a shock lead. That was the first time Spain had conceded in the tournament.

Nico Williams took the game out of Georgia’s reach by scoring on the counter in the 75th and Dani Olmo added a fourth goal in driving rain eight minutes later.

Spain will play host nation Germany in the quarterfinals on Friday in Stuttgart.

The loss ends Georgia’s first ever major tournament campaign, which included a 2-0 upset win over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

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AP Euro 2024: https://apnews.com/hub/euro-2024

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