Spain defeats Venezuela 3-0 in friendly
David Villa, Xabi Alonso and Pedro Rodriguez scored for World
Cup and European champion Spain in a 3-0 win over Venezuela in an
international friendly on Tuesday.
Villa scored after only five minutes from a free kick. Pedro
Rodriguez scored in the 20th minute and Alonso added another in
first-half stoppage time.
It was the third match between the two countries, and Spain’s
third victory to go with wins in 1981 and 2004.
And it was the second victory in three days for Spain following
a 4-0 win over the United States on Saturday.
”The most important thing is that we leave the Americas with
two victories and without any scares, and we go back with everyone
healthy,” Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said.
Venezuela was using the match as preparation for the Copa
America, which starts July 1 in Argentina. Venezuela, the only
member of the South American confederation to never reach the World
Cup final, faces Brazil, Paraguay and Ecuador in the group stage of
the Copa America.
Del Bosque commended Venezuela for not folding in front of a
40,000 sellout crowd at Jose Antonio Anzoategui stadium, which was
built for the 2007 Copa America.
”Venezuela showed a lot of seasoning to keep going … looking
to rally,” Del Bosque said. ”You have to mention this because it
took some audacity.”
Venezuela coach Cesar Farias described the match as a learning
”Playing with the world champion has its risks, and its
lessons,” he said. ”Our goalkeeper didn’t have that much to do.
Valdes (Spanish keeper Victor) made some demanding saves – in spite
of the score. This speaks well of the Venezuelan game.”
VENEZUELA: Danny Hernandez, Gabriel Cichero, Roberto Rosales
(Alexander Gonzalez, 90), Grenddy Perozo, Franklin Lucena, Tomas
Rincon, Luis Seijas (Giacomo Di Giorgi, 46), Yohandry Orozco (Juan
Arango, 46), Cesar Gonzalez, 65), Alejandro Moreno (Alejandro
Guerra, 71), Giancarlo Maldonado (Nicolas Fedor, 46).
SPAIN: Victor Valdes (Iker Casillas, 90), Carlos Marchena,
Alvaro Arbeloa (Joan Capdevila, 64), Raul Albiol, Andoni Iraola,
Xabi Alonso (David Silva, 46), Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta
(Santi Cazorla, 46), Pedro Rodriguez, Fernando Llorente (Fernando
Torres, 64), David Villa (Manu del Morral, 45).