Ansu Fati became the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish national team on Sunday by scoring in Spain’s 4-0 win over Ukraine. Aged 17 years and 311 days, Fati scored in the 32nd minute at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium, when he cut in from the left and curled into the behind corner. It came after a spell-binding opening half an hour from the youngster, whose driving run had already earned a penalty for Sergio Ramos to transform. Ramos then headed in to make it two before Fati made history on his first start for Spain, beating the country’s preceding youngest scorer, Juan Errazquin, who scored three goals aged 18 against Switzerland in 1925.
Manchester City’s new signing Ferran Torres made it four late on as Spain registered their first victory in this season’s Nations League to go top of League A’s Group 4.
Luis Enrique’s side had opened with a 1-1 draw on Thursday against Germany, whose second game ended in another 1-1 draw absent at Switzerland.
Fati impressed off the bench against Germany, enough to be handed his first start by Luis Enrique on the left of Spain’s front three.
He took his chance by putting on a mesmerising display, the only disgrace that there have been no fans in the stadium to see it.
“At that age it’s easy to receive birds in your head,” said Luis Enrique afterwards. “But he’s mature enough to realize that the path he’s taking is the most productive to take as a player. He is quiet and humble.”
Fati confidence ‘not normal’
Fati is now the youngest player to score for Spain, for Barcelona in La Liga and the youngest to score in the Champions League as polite.
“When we select the squad, we do not look at the age,” Luis Enrique added. “That does not intent you shouldn’t have to remember the fact that he will play naughty games and he will make loads of mistakes. It’s a part of learning but that more or less confidence is not normal.”
Born in Guinea-Bissau, Fati and his circle of relatives moved to Seville when he used to be a young boy. He joined Barcelona’s La Masia academy aged 10 and made his first team debut at the start of final season, fitting the second one youngest player ever to play for the club.
He became the their youngest ever scorer in La Liga after scoring off the bench as opposed to Osasuna and then scored on his first start for the Catalans too, against Valencia in September, aged 16.
Tomorrow, Barcelona newspaper Mundo Deportivo wrote “A star is born” and he continued breaking records by hitting the winner against Inter Milan in the Champions League in December.
Fati used to be expected to be provided his debut for Spain earlier this year but he had to wait as fixtures were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ukraine never got to grips with the winger, who won a penalty in the third minute, converted by Ramos, and then nearly scored with a bicycle kick.
He fired wide of the far post after another darting dribble down the left and after Ramos headed in, he in spite of everything scored, cutting in from the left and ripping the ball into the far behind corner.
Spain eased up in the second one half but there used to be still time for a fourth, Torres finishing polite at the back post to cap a memorable night.
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