The Spanish FA might have thought that arranging a friendly against the world’s 137th-ranked team would be a good way for La Roja to enter the European Championship on a high.
However, their plan backfired. Badly.
Tornike Okriashvili’s first-half goal sealed the most unlikeliest of victories for the minnows, who won only three of their 10 qualifying games, on Spanish soil.
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It ranks as Spain’s worst ever defeat and comes just days before Euro 2016 begins.
Vicente del Bosque’s position is under even further scrutiny now following the dismal 2014 World Cup, in which Spain were knocked out in the group stage, and only adds to the pressure on the 2008 and 2012 European champions.
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The likes of David de Gea, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta all participated in the game, but that they were unable to muster even a single goal is concerning.
The reaction on Twitter was brutal, to say the least.
Check out the match highlights below.
Del Bosque remains upbeat
Del Bosque tried to brush the result aside as he prepares his team to take on the Czech Republic on June 13.
“It was a disappointment. We have not played badly, but we have been unable to overcome an orderly defence," Del Bosque told reporters after the game, per FourFourTwo. “We appreciate what they did defensively.
"[But] we have an exciting challenge ahead and this result should not derail us.
"We face the European Championship with all the enthusiasm and without a trace of fear… Nothing changes."
Alvaro Morata is currently struggling with a thigh injury, which explains his absence from the game.
“We preferred not to play him so he's in top form for the Euro 2016 opener,” Del Bosque said of the striker.
Spain are ranked sixth in FIFA’s world rankings and had been on a 11-game unbeaten run before last night’s game.
It would still be a huge surprise if Spain don’t reach the latter stages of the tournament, which begins in France on Friday, and, though the hosts and Germany are seen as favourites with the bookmakers, Del Bosque reckons his team are likely to complete a hat-trick of titles.
"We're favourites [to win the European Championship] because we won the tournament four years ago," the former Real Madrid boss recently said, per FourFourTwo.
"There are other competitors but it's our dream to be champions again."
After the game against the Czech Republic, Spain take on Turkey on June 17 and Croatia on June 21 in a sneakily difficult group.
Those three teams might have feared taking on the reigning champions. Thanks to Georgia, that’s no longer the case.
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