Alvaro Morata admitted that he was fortunate to score the goal of qualifying Spain to the 2022 World Cup in the same stadium, where he was booed by the fans of the national team last June.
Morata scored the goal in the 86th minute against Sweden in Seville on Sunday, rebounding from the goal frame and hitting the net as Spain won 1-0 and guaranteed an appearance in the finals in Qatar next year.
At the same stadium in June, also in front of Sweden, Morata was booed by fans after he missed a penalty and missed another easy opportunity during a frustrating 0-0 draw at Euro 2020.
Morata, who has previously revealed that he and his family had been subjected to death threats during the European Championships, told reporters on Sunday: “My luck has supported me, it should have happened where I had real problems.” I feel very lucky to have helped the team qualify for the World Cup. But we did what we had to do. Spain should appear in every World Cup.
Spain coach Luis Enrique was relieved to snatch the victory near the end, and was very pleased with Morata’s success in particular, to score the promotion goal.
Luis Enrique told reporters: “He deserves a lot because of what he went through at this stadium, and because he works very hard.” I am so excited for him and his peace with the fans.
The Spain coach confirmed that he was feeling nervous during the match, and also indicated that he made an effort to deal with the psychological aspect before the confrontation.
Luis Enrique said: “I felt more pressure now than in the European Championship or the European Nations League, we tried to work a lot on the mental side, we tried to be positive constantly and the reaction of the players was great.” I am proud of them and the way they responded.