Spain prevail 5-1 over Tajikistan in Vitoria
German Valera opened the scoring after just four minutes
La Rojita win their first match of Brazil 2019
Keyed by German Valera's early opening goal, Spain downed Tajikistan 5-1 on Thursday in Vitoria to record their first victory of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™. La Rojita's four points garnered from two matches have them sitting in pole position in Group E as a showdown with Cameroon looms on Sunday.
Valera stood out as Spain's top performer in the first half. The captain put his side ahead in the fourth minute at Estadio Kleber Andrade and stung the crossbar later in the first half, though he was substituted off a minute from half-time due to injury concern. La Rojita did nearly all of their damage in the first half; Roberto Navarro completing his brace in the 64th minute which was the lone goal of the second period.
Tajikistan's tactics mirrored that which earned them a surprise upset of African champions Cameroon in their opening match. This time their opponents were able to not only penetrate the Asian side's defensive wall, but also capitalise on created chances. Tajikistan's lone score came from an Alvaro Carrillo own goal. With three points in the bank, their last-16 fate will hinge on Sunday's fixture against Argentina.
Group E [[flag-cmr-xs]] Cameroon-Spain [[flag-esp-xs]] (Brasilia/Gama, 17:00 local time) [[flag-arg-xs]] Argentina-Tajikistan [[flag-tjk-xs]] (Vitoria/Cariacica, 17:00 local time)
VITORIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 31: Roberto Navarro of Spain celebrates with a teammates after scoring a gol during the FIFA U-17 Men's World Cup Brazil 2019 group E match Spain and Tajikistan at Estadio Kleber Andrade Stadium on October 31, 2019 in Vitoria, Brazil. (Photo by Bruna Prado - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
VITORIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 31: Moriba Ilaix of Spain celebrates after Spain defeat Tajikistan 5-1 during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 group E match at EstÃ¡dio KlÃ©ber Andrade on October 31, 2019 in Vitoria, Brazil. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)