Barcelona youngsterGavi marked the occasion of his first game for Spain with a colossal performance in midfield to help his country see off European champions Italy in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals. Gavi became the youngest player to represent Spain on the international scene at the age of 17 years and 26 days when manager Luis Enrique named him in his starting XI for the Italy game at the San Siro, Milan on Wednesday. The Barcelona starlet became an history maker as a result of the decision from Luis Enrique.Gavi was given the chance to impress in the Spanish midfield in the absence of injured Barcelona player Pedri.
Gaviwas named in the Spain midfield alongside club teammate Sergio Busquets and Atletico Madrid star Koke against the Italians and they dominated the European champions for the majority of the game. Spain were dominant in possession and they went on to win the game thanks to two goals in the first 45 minutes.
Spainscored the opener with 17 minutes on the clock through Manchester City forward Ferran Torres off the assist from Real Sociedadplayer Mikel Oyarzabal and the same combination worked to perfection for the second time in the game with Oyarzabal providing the ammunition once again for Torres to score the second Spanish goal. The two goals from Torres gave Spain a 2-0 lead at the half-time interval against hosts Italy who had skipper Leonardo Bonucci sent off after two yellow cards.
The Italians showed fight in the second half with ten men and they got their reward through a late goal from AS Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini but it was not enough to take them through to the final. Spain will be the team to face France in the UEFA Nations League final following the 2-1 win over the Italians. For France, they came from two goals down to beat Belgium 3-2 in the second semi-final.