Sunday June 3, 2012 Friendlies Finished Estadio Olímpico

Spain 1 - 0 China PR

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  1. Spain labour to win over China

    Spain labour to win over China

    Spain were made to work hard by China as they warmed up for Euro 2012 with a 1-0 victory at the Estadio Olímpico in Seville. More

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    • - Spain head to Euro 2012 on the back of three straight friendly wins. They'll begin their campaign against Italy in Group C next Sunday. Many thanks for your company this evening.
    • 90'+2 Full time! Spain struggled to break down China in the first half but could have scored plenty in the second. Iniesta's introduction made a difference, and he set up Silva's winner. It's finished Spain 1 China 0.
    • 90'+2 Mata has a goal, correctly, ruled out for offside.
    • 90'+1 They'll be two minutes of added time.
    • 90' Amazing saving tackle from Xiang, as Mata plays in a low cross, all Navas has to do is tuck the ball away by Xiang gets to the ball first and wins it cleanly.
    • 89' Spain are happy to play the ball around the middle of the park. They've really shown their class in the second half.
    • 88' Dabao has an opportunity to attack downt he left but he loses control of the ball and it's out for a goal kick to Spain.
    • 87' Gao is off for China to be replaced by Yu.
    • 86' Torres is through again but the ball runs away from him.
    • 85' That goal had been coming for quite a while in this second half.
    • 84' GOAL! Spain finally make the breakthrough, and Silva is the man to get it. Iniesta, who's made such a massive difference since coming on, breaks down the left, takes on the defence and cuts the ball back to Silva to finish into the empty net.
    • 83' Free kick for China is floated in to the Spain box but headed away by Pique.
    • 82' Another headed opportunity for Albiol goes over the bar.
    • 81' Torres breaks down the left and bursts into the box and wins a corner. Iniesta twists and turns in the box and forces another brilliant save from Zeng.
    • 80' It's a fierce free kick hit low towards goal by Xiang, but it's comfortably saved by Valdes.
    • 79' Torres picks up a yellow card and China have a free kick in a dangerous area.
    • 79' Iniesta plays a ball over the top to Mata in the China box, but he can't bring the ball under control.
    • 78' Navas crosses in from the right towards Silva. The Manchester City player is not exactly the tallest player, and he fails to get a decent connection on his header.
    • 77' Alba plays in Silva, who hits a low shot at Zeng.
    • 76' The free kick is crossed in towards Torres, but the Chelsea man heads over the bar.
    • 75' Yellow card to Peng, who concedes a free kick right on the edge of his own area.
    • 74' Yu is off and has been replaced by Geng for China.
    • 73' China with a rare foray into the Spain half, but it's cut out and the hosts have possession again.
    • 72' Navas attempts to attack down the right but it's cut out by China, who will be very happy with their display tonight.
    • 71' Peng replaces Xuri for China.
    • 70' Two great chances for Torres! The ball falls to him inside the 6 yard box but his first effort is saved and spilled by Zeng and he stuggles to dig his second effort out between his feet.
    • 69' Valdes, a second half subsitute, has had nothing to do so far.
    • 68' Spain substitution as Mata is on for Cazorla.
    • 67' Torres hits a ferocious volley just inside the China box but it's high and wide.
    • 67' Shouts for a Spain penalty as Silva goes down in the box, nothing given.
    • 65' Spain really on top now and a goal looks imminent.
    • 64' Peng replaces Zhi for China.
    • 63' Spain hit the bar again! This time it's Iniesta, who cuts inside and curls a shot towards goal but it hits the crossbar.
    • 62' Albiol hits the bar! The corner comes in from the right and the defender thunders his shot against the crossbar.
    • 62' Silva is played into the box but just when he shapes to cross, he slips.
    • 61' The introduction of Pique has served to offer another attacking threat for Spain.
    • 60' Substitution for China as Hao makes way for Wang.
    • 59' First yellow card of the game goes to Xuri after a foul on Cazorla.
    • 58' China are still chasing the ball, working hard to keep Spain at bay.
    • 57' Fifth substition of the game for Spain, as Ramos makes way for Pique.
    • 56' Torres is played through on goal but Zeng is out quickly to close him down and clear.
    • 55' China attack down the left, the cross from Xiang is a poor one though and it's cleared by Spain.
    • 54' Great save from Zeng! The ball comes back to Iniesta just inside the box, which is tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner, he's forced into another save and China deal with the clearance well.
    • 53' An opportunity to get a good ball crossed in from a free kick on the left of the China box is wasted by Alonso, as his set piece is headed away.
    • 52' Spain look full of intent in this second period, revitalised by the substitutions they've made.
    • 51' Navas breaks down the right after being played through from a ball over the top from Iniesta. The ball runs away from him though and it's out for a China goal kick.
    • 50' China win a free kick just outside the Spain box which is taken quickly, but they're forced back into their own half.
    • 49' Navas delivers a cross in from the right towards Torres, but it's cleared away by the China defence.
    • 48' It's been all Spain in the opening stages of this second half, but no opportunities have come their way.
    • 47' Valdes, Navas, Iniesta and Torres replace Casillas, Busquets, Xavi and Negredo.
    • 46' We're underway for the start of the second half with several substitions, which I'll clear up in just a moment.
    • 45' Half time! I don't think many expected this score at the break. China have had the more clear cut chances and have frustrated Spain, who have had the better of the possession but created little. 0-0.
    • 45' The corner comes in and falls to Xuri outside the box but it's hit high over the bar.
    • 45' The throw is hit long and causes enough alarm for Ramos to head it behind for a corner to China.
    • 44' Good pressure from China down the right, forcing Spain into their own corner and winning a throw, which they'll attempt to throw long into the box.
    • 43' Busquets gets his head on the ball from the corner, but his attempt is over the bar.
    • 42' Silva hits the free kick towards goal, it hits the wall and goes out for a corner.
    • 41' China concede a free kick right on the edge of their own area after fouling Silva. It's in a good position for Spain.
    • 40' The home side are patiently waiting for an opportunity to mkae the break through.
    • 39' Spain are being increasingly frustrated with not being able to break through the China defence. They look very organised.
    • 38' Xavi overhits his pass into Negredo, the ball is out for a China goal kick.
    • 37' Cazorla works his way into a good shooting position on the outside of the China area but his shot is blocked.
    • 36' China attack down the left as Spain are caught out on the break again. Zheng commits a foul though and the ball is back with the home side.
    • 35' Arbeloa floats a cross in from the right but it's just too high for Negredo.
    • 34' Alba and Silva exchange passes on the left, but it's one too many and the ball is cut out by China.
    • 33' Silva plays a nice reverse pass in to Negredo in the China box, but he can only drag his shot wide.
    • 32' They haven't had the best of the possession, but China are quick and very direct. This is causing Spain problems.
    • 31' Cazorla can't get his shot away properly inside the box and instead drags the attempt across goal which is claimed by the China goalkeeper.
    • 30' Zheng Zhi almost scores for China! Lovely low cross played in by Yu, Zheng gets on the end of it and Casillas saves with his legs.
    • 29' Lovely play from Spain. Xavi plays a one-two with Silva and his shot is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 28' Cross comes in from China, the flicked header from Yu goes through to Casillas.
    • 28' Hao takes the corner which is cleared by Spain, but China have the ball back.
    • 27' Hao, who's looked very impressive, once again threatens down the right and wins another corner.
    • 26' A clever through ball from Alonso nearly gets through to Negredo, but the ball is just cut out by China.
    • 25' Spain are being limited to shots from outside the box so far.
    • 24' Spain give the ball away, and as Qin attempts to attack, he's fouled by Albiol.
    • 23' Lovely attempt from China, as Hao cuts inside and hits a curling shot towards goal which Casillas has to get down low to save.
    • 22' Very decent spell from China.
    • 21' The corner is played in and punched away by Casillas, it falls to Gao but his shot is a poor one.
    • 21' The long throw comes in and it's over Busquets, forcing Ramos to turn the ball behind for another China corner.
    • 20' Decent enough corner from Hao, which is headed away by Negredo for a throw, which China will take long.
    • 19' China sprint forward down the right through Hao, he delivers a cross which needs to be headed behind for a corner to the visitors.
    • 18' Alba gets forward on the left and chips his cross in towards Negredo, which is headed clear.
    • 17' Possession once again back with Spain.
    • 16' Alba gets down the left and delivers a cross which is cleared for a corner by Zhao Peng. The ball eventually falls to Arbiol, who skies his shot over the bar.
    • 15' Busquets once again commits a slightly needless foul, and China have the opportunity to try and build something.
    • 14' Alonso attempts a chipped pass into the China box but it was neither accurate nor read by his team-mates.
    • 13' Spain working the ball around the outside of the China box, the ball comes to Negredo but China clear for a corner.
    • 12' China are doing well to keep the pressure on Spain, but they're having to do all the running, and surely can't keep that up all game.
    • 11' Cazorla has an opportunity to deliver a cross from the right but it's intercepted by the China goalkeeper.
    • 10' Silva bursts into the China box on the left and pulls the back across goal to Negredo, but it's the shot is saved and cleared.
    • 9' Corner to Spain, but it's cleared by China.
    • 8' Huge opportunity for China, as Zheng Zhi gets forward, rounds Casillas, but can't get the shot on target into the empty goal.
    • 7' Possession is all with Spain, but China are working hard to force the play into the home side's half.
    • 6' Silva fires in a shot from just outside the China box. It's hit with power, but it's well wide.
    • 5' China hit a shot just outside the box which is easily gathered by Casillas.
    • 4' Very positive start from China, an attack down the line forces Ramos into a slide tackle. The long throw is cleared by the Spanish defence.
    • 3' China steal the ball away and Busquets fouls Gao just inside the Spain half.
    • 2' Spain, as you'd expect, are happy to play the ball around their defence and wait for an opportunity.
    • 1' First attack of the game from China, as they burst down the left and deliver a cross into the box that eludes everyone.
    • 1' China kick-off and we're underway in Sevilla!
    • 20:59 Spain are in their change kit of light blue shirts, white shorts and light blue socks. China are in all red.
    • 20:57 The teams are out in Sevilla and are about to go through the national anthems.
    • 20:55 How do you rate Spain's chances ahead of Euro 2012? A foregone conclusion? Or tougher second time round? Fire your comments to me via Twitter: @rich_newman
    • 20:52 Spain coach Vicente del Bosque on chances for Euro 2012: "We are under a lot of pressure because the optimism around us is excessive. There are 16 very good teams and it will not be a walk in the park, but we are used to pressure because we are defending the title and we are world champions. In any case, if we win the European Championship it will not be the solution to Spain's problems."
    • 20:50 China are already out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. They went out in Round 3 of Asia qualifying, finishing behind Iraq and Jordan in their group.
    • 20:47 TEAMS: Spain: Casillas, Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Alonso, Cazorla, Silva, Negredo. Subs: Reina, Torres, Iniesta, Fabregas, Navas, Pique, Llorente, Valdes, Juanfran, Martinez, Mata, Pedro. /// China: Zeng, Linpeng Zhang, Feng, P. Zhao, Sun, Z. Zhao, Zhi Zheng, Liu, Hao, Yu, Gao. Subs: Liu, Yuan, Dabao, Wu, Xu, Zheng Zheng, Lu Zhang, Lu, Qin, R. Feng, Peng, Jingdao.
    • 20:45 It's a tough group for Spain, though they are favourites to make it through. Standing in their way in Group C are Italy, who they play first next Sunday, as well as Ireland and Croatia.
    • 20:40 Spain midfielder Xavi Henandez believes it's more difficult to win the European Championships than the World Cup. Speaking to newspaper El Pais, Xavi said: There are no Cinderellas. In the World Cup, with all respect, you can face Honduras or Saudi Arabia. In the Euros, anyone can beat you."
    • 20:35 China are coached by former Spain boss Jose Antonio Camacho, who was in charge between 1998 and 2002. All the China squad play in their home country, only a few have had experience in European football - to limited success.
    • 20:30 This is the last friendly Spain play before they begin the defence of the Euro 2012 trophy. The World and European champions beat South Korea 4-1 on Wednesday and defeated Serbia 2-0 last weekend.
    • 20:25 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the friendly international between Spain and China in Sevilla.
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    Manager: Vicente del Bosque

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    Manager: José Antonio Camacho

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