Spain suffer shock Georgia defeat

SURPRISE: Georgia's Okriashvili (left) celebrates scoring against Spain.


    Jun 09, 2016

    Spain suffer shock Georgia defeat


    EUROPEAN champions Spain suffered a shock first defeat since March 2015, losing 1-0 at home to Georgia in their final warm-up friendly on Tuesday before Euro 2016 next week.

    Georgia, ranked 137 in the world, hadn't won a game since defeating minnows Gibraltar in Euro qualifying in October.

    However, they defended resolutely and took full advantage of their one real attack when Tornike Okriashvili tapped home at the far post six minutes before half-time.

    Spain will begin their quest for a third consecutive European Championship against the Czech Republic on June 13 in Toulouse.

    "We have to accept it and lift ourselves for what is to come," said Spain boss Vicente del Bosque.

    "This result shouldn't make us, in any way, face the Euros with a sense of fear."

    Del Bosque had named a stronger side than in Spain's comfortable wins over Bosnia and Herzegovina and South Korea in the past week, with the Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid contingent returning after their duties in the Champions League final.

    The hosts were camped in the Georgia half for almost the entire match, but paid for a lack of creativity in breaking down the visitors' mass ranks of defence and were caught out on the counter-attack just before the break.

    However, Del Bosque rejected suggestions that the Czechs and Spain's other Group D opponents Turkey and Croatia can learn from Georgia's gameplan.

    "I would like us to always play in the opposition's half," he said.