In their last friendly before the Euros next week, Spain had to face China in Seville. La Furia Roja were expected to put up big numbers but fell short, scoring the only goal in the 85th minute. However, entering the Euros, Spain has three international wins under their belts before facing Italy next Sunday.
The first period was in favor of China with Zheng Zhi almost netting in two goals but couldn’t get the ball past keeper Iker Casillas. The World Champions looked better in the second as both Raul Albiol and Andres Iniesta had chances infront of the net. The lone goal came from a 4-man run by Andres Iniesta who perfectly squared the ball to teammate David Silva.
This was the first match for Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao players, who were left out of the past two matches due to their Copa del Rey final last week. But Vicente del Bosque only chose to play Xavi and defender, Sergio Busquets.
It was a special moment for Spain’s keeper Iker Casillas who made his international debut for the NT exactly 12 years ago under coach Jose Antonio Camacho, who just so happens to coach China.
As for the Euros, Spain are looking to defend their title after winning in 2008. With injuries to both Carles Puyol and David Villa and the questionable forms of Fernando Torres and Xavi , La Roja will have to prove themselves the best against their group opponents, Ireland and Italy. The Spaniards are favored to win Olympic gold later this summer as well.
The key in Spain’s success this summer lies in coach Vicente del Bosque, who as a former defender, is known for his very tactical plays. If Fernando Llorente stays up front, bringing his aerial ability, Spain will be a threat against their group.
Spain face Italy at PGE Arena Gdansk on Sunday at noon, which promises to be very entertaining.
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