Spain comfy victors over England

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England had very little to offer at Estadio Jose Rico Perez as Spain ran out comfortable 2-0 victors in their friendly international on Friday night.

  • Spain 2 England 0
  • Hosts dominate first half
  • Gaspar scores acrobatic opener
  • Cazorla doubles Spain's lead
  • Rooney hits crossbar late on

Match Summary

La Furia Roja dominated proceedings at the home of Spanish third division side Hercules, but had to wait until the final quarter to close out the match.

The opener was something special as Mario Gaspar sent an acrobatic volley into the bottom-left corner of the net from Cesc Fabregas' chipped pass into the area on 72 minutes.

The hosts sealed victory 12 minutes later when Santi Cazorla slotted the ball home from the edge of the area after being teed up by Nolito.

Full Report

Vicente del Bosque's men took control of the game from the start as the Three Lions struggled to get a foothold in the first half.

Gerard Pique created Spain's first chance on 15 minutes when he collected the ball on the right and lined up a shot that deflected off Michael Carrick and looped wide of Joe Hart's right post.

The Spaniards would soon threaten again with Sergio Busquets going even closer on 23 minutes as he volleyed just wide of the goal from an acute angle on the right after England failed to clear a corner.

Diego Costa got a sight on goal on 31 minutes after he was picked out just inside the area on the left by Fabregas' right-wing cross, but the striker curled his shot wide of the far post.

The visitors saw very little of the ball in the opening 45 minutes and the pattern would remain the same after the break, although they would fashion a couple of chances.

But Spain were next to test the goalkeeper as a long ball from Busquets was brought down by Nolito on the edge of the box and he fed Jordi Alba on the overlap with a clever backheel for the left-back to fire in a shot from a narrow angle on the left that was pushed away by Hart on 65 minutes.

Two minutes later, Roy Hodgson's team finally created a chance of note when Harry Kane picked up the ball 30 yards out and advanced on goal before unleashing a powerful shot that flashed inches wide of Iker Casillas' left post from just outside the area.

A moment of shear brilliance from Gaspar saw Spain take the lead on 72 minutes as he latched onto Fabregas' clipped delivery on the edge of the area and sent his acrobatic volley arcing into the back of the net with his back towards goal.

The 2010 World Cup champions struck again 12 minutes later following a weak clearance by Hart. The ball was headed back to Pedro on the edge of the area and he flicked the ball to Nolito, who teed up Cazorla to stroke the ball home inside the left post, leaving Hart rooted to the spot.

Spain were coasting but the Three Lions almost pulled one back in stoppage time when Wayne Rooney connected with Kyle Walker's cross from the right, but the striker hit his volley into the ground and the ball looped up to hit the top of the crossbar.

Casillas then pulled off a sharp save to deny Kane moments later after the striker won possession in midfield and advanced on goal before attempting to pick out the bottom-right corner of the net.