Dani Rodríguez ‘dances’ to Belgium and Spain reaches the quarterfinals

The second display of Dani Rodriguez in the U-17 European Championship it served Spain to add its second victory, 2-0 against Belgium, with which it qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament that takes place in Israel after a great match by one of the pearls of the Barcelona quarry.

Dani Rodriguezhas definitely returned. He has overcome a months-long ordeal caused by an injury to the internal ligament of his left knee that kept him out for almost the entire course. He got on the national team train just in time and his performance, at the moment, is spectacular.

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against Turkey, he played at a good level and scored one of the two goals for the team led by Julen Lopetegui, who days later enjoyed the Barça player’s assists and play. Specifically, he gave the two goal passes in the first half that Javier Boñar and Iker Bravo took advantage of, with which Spain took the three points.

And it is that, Dani Rodríguez was a headache for the Belgian defenders, who ended up absolutely confused by his movements. On many occasions he delayed his position a few meters and played between the lines to open gaps and distribute play. But, above all, to give the last pass, an incalculable added value for any team.

The first was measured to Boñar. In a rehearsed corner, Dani Rodríguez, in a couple of passes, reached the top of the Belgian area to put a direct cross to the head of his teammate, who only had to push the ball to open the scoring.

There was not the thing left. He still reserved the best pearl of him at a good time, one of the best, just before the referee decreed the way to the locker room. His receiver, Iker Bravo, picked up an assist to the gap that Michael Laudrup himself would have signed with which he was left alone in front of the Belgian goalkeeper. He did not fail and 2-0 almost sentenced Belgium.

Even so, the “Red Devils”, feared before the duel and with a close antecedent that made Spain suffer (they won 1-0 in the elite round with a goal from Miguel Carvalho), did not throw in the towel. And that they did not have their captain and star, the central Lucas Noubi, summoned for the sub-19 and out of the competition.

The physical strength of its players was enough to cause problems for Julen Guerrero’s team, which, however, withstood the pull well and withstood a result starring the excellent performance of Dani Rodríguez, who still gave a final pass that Iker Bravo crashed into a Belgian goal post.

It would have been the perfect culmination to an almost perfect performance. Dani Rodríguez brushed a “hat trick” of assists, but left with two key goal passes that could have been three. “El Mago” of Barcelona did his thing and Spain will be in the quarterfinals.

— Datasheet:

2.- Spain: Nono; Bonar, Keddari, Gasiorowski, Garriel; Carvalho (Fortuny, m. 73), Antonio Moreno (Álvaro Ginés, m. 81), Hernández, Dani Pérez (David Mella, m. 73); Iker Bravo, Dani Rodríguez (Victor Moreno, m. 81).

0.- Belgium: Epolo; Sabbe (Geerts, m. 88), Piedfort, Spileers, Burlet; Mawete Kinsiona, Vermeeren, Idumbo-Muzambo; Agyei (Sturbaut, m. 75), Canak, Godts (Talbi, m. 61).

Goals: 1-0, m.12: Boñar; 2-0, m.45: Iker Bravo.

Referee: Henrik Nalbandyan (Armenia). He showed yellow cards to Vermeeren (m. 69) and Idumbo-Muzambo (m. 80) for Belgium.

Incidents: match corresponding to the second day of Group C of the U-17 European Championship played at the Nes-Ziona stadium (Israel).