Ona Batlle of Manchester United Birmingham City Women v Manchester United Women, WSL football match, The Autotech Stadium, Solihull, UK - 13 Sep 2020 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

Manchester United full-back comes off the bench as Spain secure EURO place

Manchester United full-back Ona Batlle came off the bench to play the last 32 minutes of Spain’s 13-0 UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 victory over Azerbaijan in Baku this afternoon.

The 21-year-old defender came on immediately after Spain’s seventh goal. She helped her side end the match in a professional manner as Spain secured their place at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament finals as group winners.

Forward Esther Gonzalez scored the game’s first four goals in a little over half an hour to give Jorge Vilda’s side a huge lead before a Jennifer Hermoso double ensured that Spain ended the first 45 minutes with a six-goal advantage.

Mariona Caldentey then hit a seventh goal early in the second half before Manchester United defender Batlle entered the field, collecting her seventh senior international cap in the process.

Hermoso then completed her hat-trick before substitute Batlle set up Eva Navarro for Spain’s ninth goal.

A late flurry of further Spanish goals saw Hermoso hit the back of the net on two more occasions, either side of strikes from Nerea Eizaguirre and Esther, a player who also ended the game with five goals, as Vilda’s side completed a 13-0 rout.

Spain have qualified for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament finals with a game to spare. They take on third-placed nation Poland in their final group match in Madrid on Tuesday.

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