MADRID: Barcelona forward Ansu Fati broke a 95-year national record to become Spain’s youngest goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 311 days in the UEFA Nations League against Ukraine.
Fati – also the youngest goalscorer in Champions League history and Barcelona’s youngest scorer in La Liga – curled home a fine 20-yard shot off the post on his first start.
He had already won a penalty, scored by Sergio Ramos, as he became the youngest player to start a Nations League match.
Ramos also added a header in the 4-0 win. The Real Madrid defender has now incredibly scored 10 goals in his last 15 caps. The 34-year-old has 23 goals for his country, as many as the great Alfredo di Stefano.
Fati, who was born in Guinea-Bissau but moved to Seville aged six with his family, became Spain’s youngest player in 84 years when he made his debut in last Thursday’s 1-1 draw away to Germany.
Juan Errazquin was the previous record holder – he scored against Switzerland in 1925 at the age of 18 years and 344 days.
Ethan Ampadu – who played for Wales against Bulgaria earlier on Sunday – was the previous youngest player to start a Nations League game, aged 17 years and 357 days against the Republic of Ireland in 2018.
Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, 19, made his debut as a second-half substitute while new City signing Ferran Torres scored a late fourth with a volley at the far post.
Nations League results:
Wales 1 Bulgaria 0
Rep. Ireland 0, Finland 1
Spain 4, Ukraine 0
Switzerland 1, Germany 1
Andorra 0, Faroe Islands 1
Slovenia 1, Moldova 0
Hungary 2, Russia 3
Kosovo 1, Greece 2
Malta 1, Latvia 1
Serbia 0, Turkey 0