Barcelona starlet Gavi singled out for special praise for their game against Portugal

By Conor Laird

Published: June 2, 2022 10:35 p.m.

Last update: June 2, 2022 10:44 p.m.

Viewers of Spain’s clash with Portugal on Thursday night flocked to social media, for only one member of the former midfielder for particular praise.

La Roja, of course, was back a short time ago.

As part of the first round of Nations League fixtures, Luis Enrique’s troops hosted their fellow Portuguese heavyweights in Seville, for a much-anticipated clash.

And, in the end, the two European giants did not disappoint, en route to an entertaining 1-1 stalemate.

It was hosts Spain who opened the scoring on the evening, when a wonderful deep break was easily ended by the arrival of Alvaro Morata:

Portugal, however, were soon back in contention, before scoring what ultimately proved to be a decisive equalizer through Ricardo Horta with 82 minutes on the clock.

The two nations of the evening, in turn, are in 2nd place in the League A Group 2 table, behind the Czech Republic, who started their own campaign successfully thanks to a 2-1 defeat by Switzerland.

Gavi praised

With a host of talent – ​​including Sergio Busquets, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva – on display at the Benito Villamarin tonight, it should come as no surprise to hear that fans around the world have listened to their absolute numbers to take in the action. between Spain and Portugal.

In the middle of the exchanges between the countries, it is however the name of another which found itself on the lips of the televiewers of the whole world.

The player in question? Gavi.

In the absence of Barcelona team-mate Pedri, prodigious talent Gavi was given his final international start on Thursday, taking his place in the middle of the park alongside the aforementioned Busquets and Carlos Soler.

And the 17-year-old, in turn, firmly stole the show.

After playing a key role in Morata’s opener with a deep lung race, Gavi continued to impress throughout, en route to what many considered a man of the match:

And the online reaction has since proven a sight to behold, with some of the social media highlights featured below:

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