Wednesday February 29, 2012 Friendlies Finished Estadio La Rosaleda

Spain 5 - 0 Venezuela

  • Iniesta 37’
  • Silva 40’
  • Soldado 49’, 52’, 83’

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  1. Soldado treble in Spain romp

    Soldado treble in Spain romp

    Roberto Soldado's hat-trick helped Spain produce a dominant display to beat Venezuela 5-0 in a friendly at La Rosaleda in Malaga. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Spain
    • Venezuela
    • 90'+2 It's all over in Malaga! It's been a thoroughly dominant display from Spain, Soldado gets his hat trick. Venezuela, unfortunately for them, completely outclassed. It's finished Spain 5 Venezuela 0.
    • 90'+2 Solado plays a low cross in towards Muniain but he can't get the shot away.
    • 90'+1 Two minutes of added time in Malaga.
    • 90' Beautiful footwork from Muniain, who looks a very talented player indeed. Through the legs of the defence but just loses the ball when he reaches goal.
    • 89' Cazorla hits the free kick low but it's wide of Hernandez's right post. The 'keeper had it covered too.
    • 89' Arango off for Venezuela, Greco on.
    • 88' Muniain is caught by Rincon just outside the box, free kick in a dangerous position.
    • 87' Even Puyol is surging up the pitch now, desperate to get involved in the action.
    • 85' Flores, who came on a few minutes ago, tries a shot from outside the box for Venezuela, but it's at Casillas who has been a spectator, really.
    • 84' GOAL! Soldado gets his hat trick! Lovely play once again, Alba through the legs of the defender who plays a low ball to Soldado to slot the ball away.
    • 83' Lots of changes for both sides now and the game is fragmented as a result.
    • 81' Pique with a header from mid-way inside the Venezuela box but he can't connect properly and it's gone wide.
    • 80' Shot comes in from Busquets, straight at Hernandez.
    • 79' Soldado has just gone close for Spain, when his poke at goal was straight at Hernandez.
    • 78' Rondon off for Madio Rondon.
    • 77' Muniain goes close for Spain just minutes after coming on. He finds the ball at his feet just a few yards out from goal but can't dig the shot out properly and it's straight at Hernandez.
    • 76' Cazorla almost gets his shot away after a lovely move with Xavi.
    • 75' Muniain comes on for his Spain debut, in place of Fabregas.
    • 74' Flicks galore now, and the Spanish are having fun.
    • 73' The pace of the game has definitely slowed a little.
    • 72' Substitution for Venezuela: Quijada off, Feltscher on.
    • 71' Navas is looking lively down the right side.
    • 70' Soldado goes close but it's a good block from the Venezuela defence.
    • 69' Yellow card for Fabregas for a poor challenge on Rincon.
    • 68' Bit of a harsh red card, especially in a friendly. Soldado went down after Amorebieta pulled his shirt but it was no more than that.
    • 67' Miku off, Tunez on for Venezuela.
    • 66' MISSED PENALTY! Poor penalty from Soldado, straight at Hernandez's legs. Missed opportunity for a hat trick.
    • 65' Penalty and red card! Amorebieta brings down Soldado and he's shown a straight red for pulling the Valencia man down.
    • 63' Amorebieta gets forward down the left side but he collides with Puyol. No foul.
    • 62' Xavi's first touch is to try and play in Soldado over the top but it's claimed by Hernandez.
    • 61' Substitutions for Spain: Navas on for Silva, Xavi on for Alonso , Puyol on for Ramos.
    • 60' Substitution for Venezuela: Alvarez comes off to be replaced by Cesar Gonzalez.
    • 59' The free kick hits the wall and it's cleared by Alonso.
    • 58' Free kick for Venezuela which is struck but it hits Alba's hand, and they have another chance from closer in.
    • 57' Suggestions on Twitter that Silva is playing well because he's playing in the same colours as Manchester City. I think it's because he's a little bit good. Continue the chat here though: @rich_newman
    • 56' Cazorla receives the ball on the edge of the area and takes the shot, it's deflected behind for a corner. It's claimed by Hernandez.
    • 55' What is Fernando Torres thinking now eh? The Chelsea man was dropped in favour of Soldado.
    • 54' GOAL! It's another for Soldado! Arbeloa gets into the Venezuela box and picks out the Valencia man to finish first time. 4-0.
    • 53' Rondon tries to latch on to a long ball but goes flying over the advertising boards.
    • 52' Soldado's goal was very neat and cool. He was just yards out, but tried a nice little flick which was enough to score.
    • 50' GOAL! Soldado takes just five minutes to get on to the scoresheet. Once again, it's a lovely move. Silva plays in Cazorla and the Malaga man has plenty of time to pick out Soldado to score from close range.
    • 49' Rondon tries to turn Pique but he loses possession. Much brighter start from Venezuela.
    • 48' Soldado on for Spain. The Valencia man hasn't been in the squad for five years.
    • 47' Those changes for you: Soldado is on for Llorente, Cazorla is on for the impressive Iniesta.
    • 46' The referee has to have a word with Fabregas and Rincon, after the Barcelona man was fouled. He wasn't happy with the severity of the tackle.
    • 46' We're underway for the second half. There are changes, and I'll get those to you as soon as possible.
    • 45' That's the half! Spain have looked every inch like world champions. Iniesta and Silva have been running the show, and they're the scorers too. Half time: Spain 2 Venezuela 0. Send your half-time comments to me via Twitter: @rich_newman
    • 45' Silva plays in a neat reverse pass but it's cleared by Venezuela.
    • 44' Lovely ball for Miku who races into the Spain box, but the ball gets caught between his feet, he falls over, and it's gathered by the hosts. Sums up their half, really.
    • 43' There's a strong chance you're reading this and thinking 'what about Venezuela?!' I'm afraid they really haven't been in the game this half.
    • 42' Spain happy to play the ball around and wait for the opportunity.
    • 41' Iniesta and Silva get the goals they deserve for a thorougly impressive half.
    • 40' GOAL! This could get embarassing for Venezuela. It's another well worked goal by Spain. Silva cuts inside, plays a one-two with Fabregas and lashes the ball into the opposite corner.
    • 39' 'Ole' football from Spain now, the crowd are getting fully involved.
    • 38' Well, that was definitely coming for Spain, who have been dominant.
    • 37' GOAL! It's a beautifully worked moved from Spain, and it's Iniesta that breaks the deadlock. Plenty of lovely one touch passes and it's passed to Iniesta just inside the box to side foot home.
    • 35' Ball played over by Silva and it comes to Pique but it's headed over. Should have been better but he was under pressure from Hernandez.
    • 34' Corner for Spain after another decent move.
    • 33' Classic case of overplaying it by Spain. They get into a very dangerous position but it's one pass too many and the ball is cleared by Venezuela.
    • 32' When Venezuela do attack, they look like they scare the Spain defence a little.
    • 31' Busquests gives away possession and Venezuela look to counter but Rincon can't find anyone. The ball eventually comes to Rondon who hits it high and wide.
    • 29' Silva with a mazy run, he hits a shot from outside the box which Hernandez gets a hand to, but he doesn't know where it's gone. The ball ends up marginally going wide. In the end, that has to go down as a good save.
    • 28' Llorente tries a shot from just outside the box but fires straight at Hernandez. Plenty of power.
    • 27' Good pressure from Venezuela, trying to give the Spain defence less time on the ball.
    • 26' Alba gets to the by line and plays a dangerous ball right across goal but no one can get on the end of it.
    • 25' The ball is attempted to be lofted over the top by Venezuela on to Rondon, but it's too high for him.
    • 24' Rondon beginning to show his frustration. He's a bit isolated up front and is always being crowded out.
    • 23' Iniesta floats in a pass into the Venezuela box which Fabregas runs on to but it's too long for the former Arsenal man.
    • 22' Llorente and Iniesta seem to be on the same wavelength this evening.
    • 21' Neat play from Miku for Venezuela, but it's cleared by Pique.
    • 20' Ball played into the Venezuela box and it's dangerous, Llorente takes the ball down on his chest but can't get the shot away.
    • 19' Silva cuts a frustrated figure as he tries to weave through the visitor's defence, but he's won a corner. Nothing comes of it.
    • 18' Venezuela are trying in vain to get some of the ball but Spain are always first to it.
    • 17' Great save by Hernandez! Iniesta is played through by Silva but the Barcelona man hits it straight at the Venezuela goalkeeper who stands firm.
    • 16' It's all Spain, but Venezuela are holding their line well.
    • 15' Silva takes a shot from outside the area but it hits Iniesta who was in an offside position.
    • 15' Venezuela close to working a decent attack but it's cut out by Ramos.
    • 13' Alonso tries a cross/shot but it's straight at Hernandez.
    • 12' From that attack, Venezuela look to counter, and are playing 'Stoke style' long throw tactics.
    • 11' Venezuela trying to get some time on the ball but it's won back by Spain. Eventually a chance comes to Llorente as Arbeloa plays in a decent ball that Llorente can only direct at goalkeeper Hernandez.
    • 10' Fabregas has seen a lot of the ball in the early stages. We've just seen Alba overhit a cross and it's gone out for a throw to Venezuela.
    • 9' David Silva transferring some of his recent form for Manchester City to his national side, twisting and turning but he's crowded out by the Venezuela defence.
    • 8' Spain trying to slow down play a little now and settle into their usual slick passing style.
    • 7' Very encouraging start to this game.
    • 6' Spain hit the bar! Sergio Ramos' free header should have been buried but it's off the woodwork.
    • 5' Fabregas tries to thread a ball in for Llorente but it's out for a corner.
    • 4' A couple of corners for the visitors, who are causing Spain some problems in the early stages.
    • 3' Chance for Venezuela! Roncon fires in from just inside the Spain box but it's beaten away by Casillas.
    • 2' All Spain in the early stages and the first opportunity falls to Llorente. Cross into the box from Iniesta but the header from the Bilbao man goes wide.
    • 2' Slightly odd that Venezuela are the team to wear red tonight. Spain line up in a light blue shirts.
    • 1' We're underway in Malaga!
    • 20:28 The teams are out and are singing their national anthems. Gallantly I must add.
    • 20:25 What do you make of the starting line ups? Should Puyol be starting ahead of his Barcelona team mate Pique? In other matters, did you female other half propose on this leap year day?! Views on any of the above can be sent via Twitter: @rich_newman
    • 20:22 Soldado has to wait for his return to the Spain team. The Valencia striker starts on the bench, having not been in the squad since 2007.
    • 20:20 Venezuela boss Cesar Farias: "It's an honour and a dream to play against Spain. Their clubs win it all, and that speaks of the depth and development of Spanish football. They have a great coach, great players and a highly organised federation. Venezuela is looking forward, there's no doubt, in four years we have evolved a lot."
    • 20:15 Chelsea striker Fernando Torres was dropped from the squad for this friendly. Head coach Vicente del Bosque: "He is a lad we appreciate a great deal and it pains me to leave him out but I wanted to be fair. His performances recently have been a bit irregular. We have not been in contact with Fernando daily for a while but there is a lot of time and plenty of chances for him to find his touch before the Euros."
    • 20:14 Quite a lot of substitutes on the bench for both sides, we'll deal with those when we get to them. Send your predictions and comments via Twitter: @rich_newman
    • 20:12 TEAMS: Spain - Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Alonso, Fabregas, Silva, Iniesta, Llorente. /// Venezuela – Hernandez, Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Amorebieta, Quijada, Corner, Mea Vitali, Alvarez, Miku, Rondon, Arango.
    • 20:10 Venezuela are certainly no pushovers. Back in October they beat Argentina 1-0 in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. It’s early stages in the race to make Brazil in 2014, but they currently sit third after four matches.
    • 20:05 Spain’s form in friendly matches has been far different from their competitive games. They've lost to Italy and England in the past year and drawn away at Costa Rica. However, they have beaten Chile.
    • 20:00 Good evening and welcome to live coverage of the international friendly match between Spain and Venezuela from the Estadio La Rosaleda in Malaga.
  • Summary

    • 90' Beautiful footwork from Muniain, who looks a very talented player indeed. Through the legs of the defence but just loses the ball when he reaches goal.
    • 84' GOAL! Soldado gets his hat trick! Lovely play once again, Alba through the legs of the defender who plays a low ball to Soldado to slot the ball away.
    • 79' Soldado has just gone close for Spain, when his poke at goal was straight at Hernandez.
    • 77' Muniain goes close for Spain just minutes after coming on. He finds the ball at his feet just a few yards out from goal but can't dig the shot out properly and it's straight at Hernandez.
    • 65' Penalty and red card! Amorebieta brings down Soldado and he's shown a straight red for pulling the Valencia man down.
    • 56' Cazorla receives the ball on the edge of the area and takes the shot, it's deflected behind for a corner. It's claimed by Hernandez.
    • 54' GOAL! It's another for Soldado! Arbeloa gets into the Venezuela box and picks out the Valencia man to finish first time. 4-0.
    • 50' GOAL! Soldado takes just five minutes to get on to the scoresheet. Once again, it's a lovely move. Silva plays in Cazorla and the Malaga man has plenty of time to pick out Soldado to score from close range.
    • 40' GOAL! This could get embarassing for Venezuela. It's another well worked goal by Spain. Silva cuts inside, plays a one-two with Fabregas and lashes the ball into the opposite corner.
    • 37' GOAL! It's a beautifully worked moved from Spain, and it's Iniesta that breaks the deadlock. Plenty of lovely one touch passes and it's passed to Iniesta just inside the box to side foot home.
    • 29' Silva with a mazy run, he hits a shot from outside the box which Hernandez gets a hand to, but he doesn't know where it's gone. The ball ends up marginally going wide. In the end, that has to go down as a good save.
    • 17' Great save by Hernandez! Iniesta is played through by Silva but the Barcelona man hits it straight at the Venezuela goalkeeper who stands firm.
    • 6' Spain hit the bar! Sergio Ramos' free header should have been buried but it's off the woodwork.
    • 3' Chance for Venezuela! Roncon fires in from just inside the Spain box but it's beaten away by Casillas.
    • 20:12 TEAMS: Spain - Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Alonso, Fabregas, Silva, Iniesta, Llorente. /// Venezuela – Hernandez, Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Amorebieta, Quijada, Corner, Mea Vitali, Alvarez, Miku, Rondon, Arango.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Spain

    Manager: Vicente del Bosque

  • Venezuela

    Manager: Cesar Farias

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