Fati shines as Spain beat Jordan in World Cup warm-up

AMMAN, Jordan, November 18Ansu Fati scored his first Spain goal in over two years as Luis Enrique’s side beat Jordan 3-1 on Thursday in a World Cup warm-up friendly in Amman.

The 20-year-old Barcelona striker has struggled with injury issues for most of that time but immediately repaid his coach’s decision to include him with a convincing display.

Fati and Marco Asensio, two of the players whose inclusion in the World Cup squad was questioned in some quarters, combined for the opener in the 13th minute.

Real Madrid striker Asensio moved forward and fed Fati, who fired inside the box, for his second Spain goal in five appearances.

“It’s good news, (Fati) has a real talent for scoring,” said Luis Enrique. “(Asensio) was on another level, excellent. He played as a No.9 and did very well.

Another Barcelona youngster, Gavi, doubled dominant Spain’s lead early in the second half with a cool finish, striking home when the ball fell to him in the box.

Substitute Nico Williams fired a late third for his first international goal in his third appearance for La Roja.

Jordan pulled a goal back to delight his fans in stoppage time, with Hamza Al Daradreh beating Cesar Azpilicueta to score.

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Spain appeared to avoid any further injury problems in the game, after left-back Jose Gaya suffered a sprained ankle in training on Wednesday night.

Reports from Spain suggested the injury was not serious, but Luis Enrique said a decision would be made on whether to replace Gaya in the squad on Friday.

“It’s a delicate subject, it happened by chance, while making a cross he had a little problem”, explained the coach.

“The (medical) details relate to the player and that’s not information I can give, tomorrow we’ll make a decision when we’re sure, but that’s not good news to have in the early days.”

Luis Enrique’s side, who arrive in Qatar in the early hours of Friday morning, will face Costa Rica in their Group E opener on November 23, before taking on Germany and Japan.

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