Gavi hailed for ‘game changing’ in Spain’s win over Switzerland

By Conor Laird

Published: June 12, 2022 10:09 p.m.

Last update: June 12, 2022 10:36 p.m.

A member of Luis Enrique’s Spain squad was singled out for widespread praise on Sunday night.

La Roja was of course back in action a short time ago.

After a solid but unspectacular opener to the country’s Nations League campaign, the Spaniards hosted the Czech Republic in Malaga, eyeing a 2nd win on the spin.

And, in the end, getting two wins out of two, en route to a place at the top of the Group B table, is precisely what Enrique’s troops have achieved.

Carlos Soler was the first on target, before Pablo Sarabia ensured that the hosts of the evening pocketed the three points thanks to a 2nd quarter of an hour from the end:

“Little genius”

Spain’s second-place finish, however, only came after what many have since described as a game-changer from boss Enrique.

The player introduced into the fray? Gavi.

With an hour on the clock and La Roja struggling to put a brave Czech side to the sword once and for all, Carlos Soler was hooked, with Barcelona sensation Gavi introduced in his place.

And the 17-year-old, despite his youthful years, enjoyed another magnificent performance in his country’s colours, playing a central role in both the build-up to Sarabia’s 2nd and his side ultimately seeing the result.

In turn, viewers of the clash have since taken to social media in droves, to praise one of world football’s top promising talents:

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