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Ferran Torres Left Dutch Legend Giovanni Van Bronckhorst In Awe After A Brave Goal 

Torres broke the deadlock after 17-minutes, before doubling La Roja’s lead in the second-minute of first-half stoppage-time. The forward established a lethal partnership with Mikel Oyarzabal to turn home two crosses from the Real Sociedad attacker.

Neither of Torres’ goals were easy, with the Manchester City ace volleying home a difficult strike to open the scoring. His second was a header back across Gianluigi Donnarumma, but a knock forced Luis Enrique into a change after 49-minutes.


Despite his early exit, UEFA named Torres as the Player of the Match on Wednesday night, after an instrumental display. His efforts thrilled UEFA Technical Observer Van Bronckhorst, having stepped up as a false-nine for Enrique amid question marks over the Spain squad.

“A great performance, and his two goals decided the match,” he told the UEFA website. “He played the role of a striker well after many said Spain had no real forward in the squad. His two finishes were real class, and it was too bad he had to come off with an injury.”


Torres eased any concerns over his fitness after Spain beat Italy, with the Manchester City forward already focusing on Sunday. “I’m fine, it was just a blow, and we are already thinking about the final,” he said, via Mundo Deportivo.

Pep Guardiola will hope Torres’ performances for Spain, worthy of Van Bronckhorst’s praise, flows into his Manchester City appearances. The 21-year-old started the season strongly as a false-nine, but has not featured in the Premier League since September 11.

Guardiola has left Torres on the Etihad Stadium bench over each of the Citizens’ last three top-flight fixtures. He was also an unused substitute against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, despite scoring twice and assisting against Arsenal.

His lack of domestic game time did not hurt against Italy, however. Torres has now scored from six of his last seven shots on target for Spain, netting with both strikes on Wednesday. The Manchester City star has also scored 11 international goals since September 1, 2020, no other La Roja player has found the back of the net more than five times in the last year.

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