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El Salvador 0 - 2 Spain

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  1. International friendlies - Villa double guides Spain to victory over El Salvador

    International friendlies - Villa double guides Spain to victory over El Salvador

    New York City bound striker David Villa grabbed a second-half brace as Spain concluded their World Cup preparations with a two goal victory over El Salvador. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • El Salvador
    • Spain
    • - That's it, full-time. Spain have eased to victory, 2-0.
    • 89' It's been a comfortable and productive day's work for Spain, particularly in the second-half.
    • 87' GOAAAAAL! 2-0 SPAIN! And it's Villa once again! Silva played a wonderful ball to Villa, he takes the ball down wonderfully under pressure from the defender and he slots the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.
    • 85' Substitution, El Salvador. Jonathan Aguila replaces Richard Menjivar.
    • 84' BUSQUETS! Well, that was spectacular. Busquets gathers the ball from the half-way line and tries an outrageous lob over the goalkeeper and the ball just narrowly goes over the bar.
    • 82' SPAIN SUB: Casillas' night is over as he is replaced by De Gea.
    • 81' A good team move from Spain concludes when Alba's low cross is cut out by the El Salvador defence.
    • 79' CROSSBAR! Busquet's sees his thunderous effort crash off the crossbar 25 yards from goal. Still, still 1-0.
    • 77' BLOCKED! Somehow it is still only 1-0 to Spain as a crowd of El Salvador defenders on the line somehow block Xavi's close range shot.
    • 75' EL SALVADOR CHANGE: Molina on for Flores.
    • 73' COSTA OFF: Xavi replaces Costa who has had a rather unspectacular if not frustrating match but coach del Bosque will be encouraged his star man has managed to play over 70 minutes.
    • 71' El Salvador deal with the short corner but Spain immediately regain possession.
    • 70' Spain continue to apply the pressure. Koko has just won Spain a corner.
    • 68' SPAIN SUB: Busquets replaces Alonso.
    • 67' SO CLOSE! Spain come close to grabbing their second after a delightful long ball picks out Alonso at the back post, he picks out Villa whose header is parried by the goalkeeper, the rebound falls to Costa who skies the ball over the bar from a tight angle.
    • 65' Spain are picking up the pace here and El Salvador are beginning to look out of their depth. I'd expect more goals before time is up.
    • 63' EL SALVADOR SUB: Alvarez is off in place of Jaime Alas.
    • 61' GOOD SAVE! Villa almost scores his second in as many minutes, Cazorla tees off the Atletico forward in the penalty area but his shot is straight down the throat of Derby who makes a good stop.
    • 60' GOAAAAAL! 1-0 SPAIN! Villa scores a simple tap-in after a deep cross is played towards the back post, Ramos towers above the onrushing Derby and wins the header to leave Villa with a simple finish.
    • 57' ALMOST! The ball is pinballed into the box, Alba delivered a pass across the face of goal, Villa is unable to direct his flick goalward and it's a goalkick.
    • 55' EL SALVADOR SUB: Santamaria is off and Renderos will take his place.
    • 53' The goalkeeper is back to his feet and play is resumed.
    • 51' A wonderful pass from Silva picks out Villa in a dangerous but offside position, the goalkeeper made a great save, regardless. However, the goalkeeper has injured himself in the process.
    • 49' A surging run from David Villa almost edges Spain in front but he is forced out wide and can only win his side a corner.
    • 48' Spain gather the ball but try to play casually out of their own box and a mistake from Ramos almost costs them but Casillas rushes out to stop Burgos from latching onto the loose ball.
    • 47' El Salvador are coming forward in attack but haven't produced any real chances of note. throughout.
    • 46' And we're off for the second-half with Spain making several changes: Villa, Cazorla, Silva in place of Pedro, Fabregas and Koke
    • - Spain have dominated first-half possession with 75%, while they have had 11 attempts, but just three have been on target. El Salvador, however, have really struggled in forward areas and managed just one attempt off target. There has been no bookings, meanwhile.
    • - HALF-TIME: The referee blows his whistle and that's the end of the first-half. It remains 0-0.
    • 45' Spain win a corner which the El Salvador defence clears, the ball falls to Pedro whose shot is well off target.
    • 43' England are also in action tonight against Honduras and have just taken the lead through Jermaine Defoe.
    • 41' Frustrations continue to grow for Costa as he receives a pass from Fabregas deep inside El Salvador's penalty area, spins away from his defender but takes a heavy touch and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
    • 39' The possession statistics won't read kindly for El Salvador but the score-line certainly does with just over five minutes to go until half-time.
    • 37' Spain win a free-kick from around 25 yards out from goal, Ramos steps up and takes the set-piece, which bends around the wall but is slightly wide of the right-hand post.
    • 35' FABREGAS! The Chelsea target heads wide of the goal with the goal at his mercy following a delightful chipped pass from Iniesta. Still no breakthrough for Spain.
    • 33' Iniesta finds himself in space and tries the spectacular, releasing a shot from all of 40 yards but the ball goes harmlessly for a goal-kick which, bizarrely, is taken by the defender.
    • 31' Spain are still being held after half an hour of football. They have died down in recent moments after a fast and furious start.
    • 29' Juanfran is flagged offside after finding himself in behind the El Salvador defence. The full-back, who is only playing his 7th cap today, has been lively so far.
    • 27' CHANCE! Costa almost capped his return with a goal but a terrific, last ditch tackle from Garcia stops the Spain forward in his tracks.
    • 25' El Salvador win a free-kick from around 35 yards out but Larin blazes the ball high and wide from the set-piece. Still goalless.
    • 23' El Salvador are holding their own at the moment and are just beginning to come a little more into the match.
    • 21'
    • 19' Alba walks off the pitch to receive treatment.
    • 18' ALBA CONCERN: Jordi Alba falls to the ground and is wriggling around in pain after a heavy tackle from Alvarez. We've already lost several key players prior to this year's World Cup, let's hope Alba is okay.
    • 16' Del Bosque's side are playing a very direct style of football this evening/afternoon. We're used to the tippy-tappy football but that hasn't been the case so far and they've looked very dangerous. They have certainly adopted a much higher tempo than in their previous friendly with Bolivia.
    • 14' COSTA WATCH: The Atletico Madrid forward has made a bright start to this match, earning his side a penalty, perhaps harshly, which Fabregas blazed over. He has been lively and has caused El Salvador all sorts of problems with his movement.
    • 12'
    • 10' Spain are playing deep in El Salvador's half and the goalkeeper, Derby, has looked unconvincing in the opening minutes as he tries to smother Ramos' distant shot but is unable to gather the ball, luckily for him his defender clears the ball.
    • 9' Double chance for Spain as Pedro sees his shot blocked before Fabregas twisted and turned in the El Salvador penalty area before unleashing a shot at goal, the goalkeeper does well to get down and make a save.
    • 7' Fury as Spain's potential bonuses are announced:
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    • 5' Pedro is played through with a defence splitting pass, the midfielder does everything right, takes the ball down with a delightful touch but cannot find a way past Derby in El Salvador's goal. Very bright start for Spain.
    • 3' FABREGAS MISSES! He blazes the ball over the bar. Not a good start for the Barcelona man and perhaps justice was served, it seemed a fairly harsh decision to award the penalty in the first place. Fabregas hesitated as he stepped up to take the spot-kick and in the end it was an awful attempt.
    • 2' PENALTY TO SPAIN! Costa is fouled in the box and Spain have a penalty!
    • 1' And we're off! The reigning World Cup champions get us underway.
    • 20.59 The players are making their way out to the pitch on a sunny and dry afternoon in the USA. Today's contest will be an intriguing game for the fans of Spain, how will Costa hold out? We're about to find out...
    • 20.55 There are certainly many more blue and white shirts around tonight than red and yellow and that is because the match is being played in Maryland, USA, a city which has a massive Salvadoran population. We’re now just five minutes from kick-off so hold tight.
    • 20.50 This is Spain’s second pre-competition friendly. Last week they strolled to a 2-0 victory over Bolivia and tonight’s opponents shouldn’t prove too difficult either, El Salvador, ranked 68th in the world, have won just one of their last eight matches - a slender 1-0 triumph against Haiti at the Concacaf Gold Cup - but were valiant in defeat against the Ivory Coast on Wednesday.
    • 20.45 Del Bosque has fielded a relatively strong side in Spain’s final warm-up before things get serious when they take on Holland. Alonso, Koke, Iniesta and Pedro and Fabregas will feature in a five man midfield, while Juanfran’s fitness will be tested in defence, he plays alongside Ramos, Martinez and Alba with Casillas in goal.
    • 20.40 DIEGO COSTA STARTS: As expected, Vicente del Bosque has handed the Atletico Madrid striker a place in tonight’s starting XI. Costa is firmly expected to be Spain’s leading striker at the finals and tonight will be a stern test for the Brazilian-born striker who has suffered from a hamstring injury in recent weeks. He limped off early in the Champions League final, it would be a disaster if history was to repeat itself tonight.
    • 20.35 El Salvador: Derby, García, Mendoza, Barríos, Larín, Álvarez, D. Cerén, Menjívar,Flores, Santamaría, Burgos. Subs: Hernandez, Molina, Alas, Aguila, Renderos, Ceren, Blanco, Lemus. /// Spain: Casillas; Juanfran, Ramos, Martinez, Alba; Alonso, Koke, Iniesta, Pedro, Fàbregas; Diego Costa. Subs: De Gea, Albiol,Pique, Villa, Xavi, Torres, Mata, Busquets, Cazorla, Silva, Azpiliceuta.
    • 20.30 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport’s LIVE commentary of Spain’s final friendly with El Salvador before they kick off their World Cup campaign. We will have the team news for you shortly.
  • Summary

    • 87' GOAAAAAL! 2-0 SPAIN! And it's Villa once again! Silva played a wonderful ball to Villa, he takes the ball down wonderfully under pressure from the defender and he slots the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.
    • 84' BUSQUETS! Well, that was spectacular. Busquets gathers the ball from the half-way line and tries an outrageous lob over the goalkeeper and the ball just narrowly goes over the bar.
    • 79' CROSSBAR! Busquet's sees his thunderous effort crash off the crossbar 25 yards from goal. Still, still 1-0.
    • 77' BLOCKED! Somehow it is still only 1-0 to Spain as a crowd of El Salvador defenders on the line somehow block Xavi's close range shot.
    • 67' SO CLOSE! Spain come close to grabbing their second after a delightful long ball picks out Alonso at the back post, he picks out Villa whose header is parried by the goalkeeper, the rebound falls to Costa who skies the ball over the bar from a tight angle.
    • 61' GOOD SAVE! Villa almost scores his second in as many minutes, Cazorla tees off the Atletico forward in the penalty area but his shot is straight down the throat of Derby who makes a good stop.
    • 60' GOAAAAAL! 1-0 SPAIN! Villa scores a simple tap-in after a deep cross is played towards the back post, Ramos towers above the onrushing Derby and wins the header to leave Villa with a simple finish.
    • 51' A wonderful pass from Silva picks out Villa in a dangerous but offside position, the goalkeeper made a great save, regardless. However, the goalkeeper has injured himself in the process.
    • 37' Spain win a free-kick from around 25 yards out from goal, Ramos steps up and takes the set-piece, which bends around the wall but is slightly wide of the right-hand post.
    • 35' FABREGAS! The Chelsea target heads wide of the goal with the goal at his mercy following a delightful chipped pass from Iniesta. Still no breakthrough for Spain.
    • 27' CHANCE! Costa almost capped his return with a goal but a terrific, last ditch tackle from Garcia stops the Spain forward in his tracks.
    • 18' ALBA CONCERN: Jordi Alba falls to the ground and is wriggling around in pain after a heavy tackle from Alvarez. We've already lost several key players prior to this year's World Cup, let's hope Alba is okay.
    • 5' Pedro is played through with a defence splitting pass, the midfielder does everything right, takes the ball down with a delightful touch but cannot find a way past Derby in El Salvador's goal. Very bright start for Spain.
    • 3' FABREGAS MISSES! He blazes the ball over the bar. Not a good start for the Barcelona man and perhaps justice was served, it seemed a fairly harsh decision to award the penalty in the first place. Fabregas hesitated as he stepped up to take the spot-kick and in the end it was an awful attempt.
    • 2' PENALTY TO SPAIN! Costa is fouled in the box and Spain have a penalty!

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • El Salvador

    Manager: Albert Roca

  • Spain

    Manager: Vicente del Bosque

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