Three-time champions Spain overcame an initial scare to defeat a resilient Georgia 4-1 on Sunday, securing their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024. The thrilling match marked the end of Georgia's unexpected run in the tournament. Spain will face host nation Germany in the next round, showcasing their determination with a strong performance, highlighted by goals from Rodri, Fabian Ruiz, Nico Williams, and Dani Olmo. Spain fell behind in the 18th minute due to an own goal by Robin Le Normand, who inadvertently deflected Otar Kakabadze's cross into his own net.

Spain had previously maintained a flawless record in the group stage, winning all three matches without conceding a goal, their best performance since their 2008 championship win. Coach Luis de la Fuente reinstated his preferred starters after making 10 changes in the last group game, while Georgia remained loyal to their squad, featuring the tournament's joint top scorer and leading goalkeeper. Competing in their first Euros, Georgia was buoyed by their recent 2-0 victory over Portugal, aiming for another upset against Spain.

Spain dominated the game from the start, nearly taking the lead early on through a cross from Dani Carvajal that found Pedri, whose shot was saved by Giorgi Mamardashvili. Williams also came close shortly after, but his shot was deflected wide. Georgia, however, took a surprise lead when Georges Mikautadze assisted Kakabadze, whose cross hit Le Normand and went into the net. Spain responded calmly, equalizing in the 39th minute with a low shot from Rodri after a pass from Williams. They went ahead in the 51st minute when Fabian Ruiz headed in a curling cross from Lamine Yamal. Williams sealed the victory with a well-executed goal in the 75th minute, and Dani Olmo added the final touch with a goal in the closing minutes.