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MATCH REPORT | Spain pass test with flying colours in Badajoz (5-0)

Spain's score a glut of goals and feel the love ten days before their European Championships opener

The happiness on the faces of the fans as they left the Nuevo Vivero stadium to the rhythm of 'Mi gran noche' is the picture of hope for a European Championships just around the corner.

 

Spain's penultimate match on home soil against a combative and well-organised Andorra in Badajoz was an encounter full of positives for the home side.

With the fans cheering from the opening whistle, Luis de la Fuente fielded a team full of new faces, making six changes and exploring plenty of alternatives in the squad.

Mikel Oyarzabal scored his first international hat-trick as Spain continued their unbeaten run in matches in Badajoz, with four wins in four games, scoring 21 goals and conceding none.

The debut of Tenerife's Ayoze Pérez provided the impetus needed to open up a gap in the Pyrenean wall that remained insurmountable until midway through the first half, when the Betis striker latched onto Cubarsí's through ball to open the scoring for the Reds.

The hosts went into the break with that slender lead of one goal to nil after a Morata goal was disallowed for offside. However, they came out after the break having made changes, and with them came the appearance of more openings that Spain’s attacking talent was able to capitalise on.

Among the players in on the goalmouth action was Mikel Oyarzabal, who scored his first hat-trick for Spain before a European Championships that he is looking forward to after missing the last World Cup through injury.

And among the debutants, Huelva's Fermín López, whose direct play, elusiveness on the ball and ability to offer something different, shattered Andorra's resistance.

It was goals scored by Oyarzabal and Ferran Torres from two Fermín assists that brought an end to the scoring. Then it was the moment for Raphael’s famous song 'Mi gran noche' to boom around the stadium in celebration and singalong smiles. As the song asks, what will happen? What mystery will there be? Is the best yet to come?

 

 

DATA SHEET

ESPAÑA (5)

David Raya, Marcos Llorente (Jesús Navas 46´) , Vivian, Cubarsí (Le Normand 46´), Grimaldo (Cucurella 46´), Pedri (Fermín López 62´), Aleix García (Zubimendi 68´), Álex Baena, Ferran Torres, Ayoze y Morata (Oyarzabal 46´).

 

Seleccionador: Luis de la Fuente

ANDORRA (0)

Iker Álvarez (Josep Gomes 62´), Max Llovera, San Nicolás, Christian García, Ian Oliveira, Joan Cervós, Joel Guillén (Marc Pujol 85´), Marc Vales (Éric Vales 46´), Chus Rubio (Clemente 85´), Marc García (Da Cunha 85´) y Cucu (Marcio Vieira 85´).

Seleccionador: Koldo Álvarez 

1-0 | (24´) Ayoze a la media vuelta con la derecha dentro del área tras cesión de Cubarsí.

2-0 | (53´) Oyarzabal desde cerca tras una buena combinación iniciada por Aleix García y con pase final de Ayoze.

3-0 | (66´) Oyarzabal a puerta vacía tras asistencia de Ferran Torres

4-0 | (73´) Oyarzabal recogiendo un rechace del portero tras pase de Fermín López

5-0 | (81´) Ferran Torres bate a Josep Gomes en su salida tras pase de Fermín

Gustavo Correia (Portugal): Sin amonestaciones

Árbitros asistentes: Luciano Maia y Pedro Martins (Portugal)

Cuarto árbitro: Joao Antonio Ferreira (Portugal)

Partido amistoso de preparación

Estadio Nuevo Vivero de Badajoz