A Spain with a stone in its shoe, with a pants of a small size, with the shirt inside out, an uncomfortable Spain, very uncomfortable in this World Cup, experienced its second annoying match yesterday, although this time it ended in victory.
After their draw against Brazil, a single goal, scored by
in the final moments, changed the result against Poland, but did not undo the uneasiness.
In fact, only the inexperience of the rival team forgave the pressure in the last Spanish attack and avoided a new shock.
If they also beat Tunisia on Tuesday, this Sunday's victory will allow the team to reach the second phase with three points and play their place in the quarter-finals against Germany and Hungary.
That is to say, it will remain on the expected path before the tournament begins, although at that time such discomfort was not conceived.
As it happened against Brazil, Spain combined lucidity and obfuscation, but this time in another way: if two days ago they lacked rhythm, movements, ideas, against Poland they simply lacked aim.
In a magnificent performance by the rival goalkeeper,
, the pivots and the wingers had opportunities, but only one of them,
, transformed them into goals.
The others, especially
from six meters, despaired.
In the tournament so far, the team led by
has not found any particularly lucid player, no one sweet, and thus it only remains to hold onto the veteran of some such as Cañellas and, above all,
At 39, there is justice in the captain's departure because in sport, as in life, only a few leave when they want.
As did his brother Alberto, retired after his second World Cup, the little one from Entrerríos will abandon handball with power over the game, always capable of executing his own inventions.
Despite the discomfort that Poland generated, if Spain gained an advantage in the first half (11-14 at halftime) and if later, in the second, they did not lose on the scoreboard, it was thanks to him.
Although the rest failed, he gave them balls and more balls - Spain made 51 pitches and Poland, only 38 - and when there was no other remedy, he became a pitcher.
With Cañellas as an ally, he scored two essential goals and organized the last attacks.
There, Fernández's success and Cañellas's decisive goal emerged, which was answered by Poland 50 seconds from the end.
What happened next, a passive Poland in the face of the last Spanish attack, has no other explanation than the generational change that this team is experiencing.
Semifinalist in the Rio 2016 Games and in the 2017 World Cup, the retirement of the
, Karol Bielecki, Krzysztof Lijewski, Mariusz Jurkiewicz or Sawomir Szmal
expelled her from the elite for a few years, until the generation that is already emerging.
With players like central
, all under the command of
at Kielce, their future will be on the podiums, although this Sunday they were left half in their disgust for Spain.
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