Record-breaker Fati stars in Spain rebuild

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Record-breaker Fati stars in Spain rebuild

PARIS: Their youngest-ever scorer and two goals from a captain twice his age. Spain couldn’t ask for more from their rebuild.

The 17-year-old Barcelona forward Ansu Fati scored in Sunday’s 4-0 Nations League win over Ukraine and won a penalty for 34-year-old Sergio Ramos too as an influx of young talent blended well with experienced stalwarts.

Fati put Spain three goals ahead after just 31 minutes of the League A, Group 4 clash at the empty Alfredo di Stefano Stadium in Madrid with a fine individual strike that came amid a scintillating debut start for his adopted country.

Aged 17 years and 311 days, Fati, who was born in Guinea-Bissau and obtained Spanish nationality a year ago after moving to Spain when he was seven, beat the previous record held by Juan Errazquin, who scored three goals aged 18 against Switzerland in 1925.