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  • 7 September 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Municipal de Pasarón, Pontevedra
  • Referee: A. Salmanov
  • • Attendance: 11850
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Live Commentary

  • A lot of positives for Spain, but, to be honest, they know exactly what they can and can't do by now anyway. On a personal level, Pedro has shown that he still deserves a place in the Roja starting line-up, and it was more positive news for David Villa on his comeback from injury.
  • And that's it! Spain run out comfortable winners in Pontevedra. Perhaps not ideal preparation for their World Cup qualification campaign, but they are playing Georgia and Belarus next after all.
  • 90'
    Al Salawi just drove a low shot past the post for the Saudis, but Casillas had it covered.
  • 90'
    That would have been a great way to round off the night. Sergio Ramos marched out of the defence with a superb turn before playing a nifty one-two. David Silva tried to be too cute with it, however, and the visitors scrambled it away for a corner.
  • 89'
    Iniesta watch! He just did a really neat flick with his heel on the outside of the box. Still 5-0.
  • 86'
    Substitution Mansour Al Harbi Yasir Al Shahrani
  • 85'
    Iniesta nearly gave the ball away there... but he didn't. Spain still have it.
  • 81'
    Substitution Osama Hawsawi Mohammed Al Bishi
  • 81'
    We're still here, everybody. Casillas just got his first touch, which was well received by the home crowd. Spain have the ball again; see you in a bit.
  • 77'
    Substitution Nasser Al Shamrani Mohamed Shaarawi
  • 76'
    Xavi lashes a shot wide of the post from the edge of the area. The Spain dignitaries are planning their journey home.
  • 75'
    Casillas was only on the pitch for 30 seconds and his team scored. Inspired substitution from Del Bosque...
  • 73'
    Assist David Silva
  • 73'
    Goal Pedro
    GOAL! Well shut my mouth. Another brilliant goal from Pedro, who charges down on goal following a trademark through ball from David Silva. The Barca man sends a lovely clipped finish over Waleed, and it's 5-0.
  • 72'
    Substitution Víctor Valdés Iker Casillas
  • 72'
    And he comes Casillas for Valdes, Everybody is on their feet to greet the change. Not a lot else to greet at the minute.
  • 70'
    Substitution Abdulaziz Al Dawsari Moatiz Al-Mousa
  • 70'
    More subs for the Saudis. They've probably all dreamed of running out at the Estadio Municipal de Pasaron...
  • 67'
    Pedro tries to bend one inside the far post, but he just can't wrap his foot around it enough and the keeper watches it well wide.
  • 66'
    Casillas is coming on. Probably in goal...
  • 65'
    Benat is in there doing the dirty work for Spain now. By 'dirty' I mean 'playing passes from a slightly deeper position than his mates'.
  • 64'
    Substitution Abdulrahim Jaizawi Hamad Al Hamad
  • 63'
    Penalty Goal David Villa
    GOAL! David Villa, of course, makes no mistake from the spot. Monreal was so confident of the outcome that he was crouched down doing his shoelaces on the edge of the area.
  • 63'
    PENALTY! Monreal is fouled by Albeshi
  • 62'
    Hmmmm. Silva comes on for Cazorla, and Iniesta comes on for Busquets. By my reckoning, there's no 'shop minder' on the pitch for Spain any more.
  • 61'
    Substitution Santi Cazorla David Silva
  • 61'
    Substitution Busquets Andrés Iniesta Luján
  • 60'
    There's life in the old dog yet! Alshaamrani gets across Ramos to head Mansour's cross over the crossbar. That was pretty close.
  • 60'
    That's gratitude for you. You score the most goals in your country's history and Pedro goes and blasts a ball at your ear from 10 yards.
  • 58'
    Substitution Taisir Al Jassim Abdulmajeed Al Ruwaili
  • 58'
    This game has turned into a bit of a training exercise to see if David Villa can still take people on. So far the verdict is ..... no.
  • 55'
    Yellow Card Mansour Al Harbi
  • 53'
    Substitution Fernando Torres David Villa
  • 53'
    It is indeed Torres who makes way for El Guaje, and he gives up the captain's armband on his way off, too. Earning 100 caps for your country is always something special, but he may not look back on this night with especially fond memories.
  • 52'
    And now David Villa is ready to come on, could it be Torres who goes off?
  • 50'
    Iniesta shares a hug with Saudi coach Frank Rijkaard as he goes to warm up. Touching.
  • 47'
    Goal Xavi
    GOAL! I think. What a strange one. Xavi bends a free kick into the top corner, but it somehow comes out of the other side of the net and looks like it has gone for a goal kick. But a goal it is, and it's 3-0 to Spain.
  • 46'
    Substitution Cesc Fàbregas Xavi
  • 46'
    Substitution Piqué Sergio Ramos
  • 46'
    And we're back! Saudi Arabia kick off the second half and might have even scored had it not been for Ramos' sprawling block.
  • Hold up! Pepe Reina is warming up. There may be hope for Saudi Arabia yet.
  • And ‏@Femi4arsenal believes that "Santi cazorla is Class". He would say that, wouldn't he? But, to be fair to him, he's absolutely right. Arsene Wenger has got himself a great player.
  • ‏@TreAtkinson says "Pedro goal was class! Santi is best player so far set up Pedro and had his own. Should have 2 goals if it wasn't for the crossbar." And it's hard to argue with that assessment, he can do this job next week!
  • There's an awful lot of love for Pedro and Cazorla coming in on our twitter account, and it's definitely justified going by those first-half displays.
  • That was, on the whole, a very comfortable half for Spain. The movement of Pedro and Cazorla caused Saudi Arabia plenty of problems, and the passing of Cesc and Benat was as astute as you would expect. Torres has been somewhat of a passenger so far, however.
  • And indeed there we are. It's half-time in Pontevedra and Spain are looking comfortable. They lead Saudi Arabia 2-0 thanks to goals from Cazorla and Pedro
  • 45'
    There'll be just the one minute added on here, and it probably won't be enough for somebody to give Torres a sitter.
  • 43'
    Torres blasts over the bar on the half volley following a lovely flick through from Cesc. He needed a bit more composure there, he looked like he was trying to break the ball.
  • 42'
    Spain go close again; after some more fine build-up play, Torres cannot get on the end of Monreal's low, driven cross. A third goal is surely coming.
  • 40'
    All hands to the pump for Saidi Arabia here. Cesc forces a smart save from Waleed at his near post.
  • 39'
    UFFFF! Cazorla crashes a lovely curling effort off the corner of post and bar with his left foot from the edge of the area
  • 39'
    All tiki and no taka. Some lovely play on the edge of the box from Spain but as Benat goes to slide Torres in, the striker stands still.
  • 38'
    Torres offside from a Fabregas pass. Again
  • 37'
    Another corner for Spain down the left; they're getting some joy in behind Albeshi. It comes to nothing, however, when Pique barges into the keeper.
  • 34'
    I've seen 'em given! Pedro tries to be too clever and loses possession, Saudi Arabia break into the box and Albiol ends up bringing down Alshaamrani. Referee wasn't interested at all.
  • 32'
    Careful now. Valdes fumbles a fairly weak cross, but fortunately for him nobody is around to do anything about it.
  • 30'
    Pedro has been everywhere this half, which is unusual for him. He's been popping up on all sides, and trying to pull the strings from a central position, too.
  • 28'
    Assist Santi Cazorla
  • 28'
    Goal Pedro
    GOOOOOAAAAAL! Perdo scores a lovely second just after the visitors go close to equalising at the other end. It was a sweet chip from the Barcelona man, and that should be La Roja home and hosed already.
  • 26'
    CLOSE! Alshaamrani flashes a header just wide of Valdes' goal
  • 25'
    Benat rattles the post with a low drive from around 20 yards. Spain are turning the screw here.
  • 22'
    Goal Santi Cazorla
    GOAL! Santi Cazorla fires home at the back post after Pedro's shot was only partially parried away by keeper Waleed. What a start to the season the Arsenal man is having!
  • 18'
    Shot from long range from Hawsawi, but it's comfortably held by Valdes. That was a strange passage of play; Spain didn't seem to be in too much of a hurry to clear it, and Saudi Arabia didn't seem too keen on crossing or shooting.
  • 15'
    Hold the phone! Shot for Saudi Arabia! Pique fails to cut out a pass and the ball rolls through to Alshaamarani, but his shot at the second attempt is nowhere near the goal.
  • 14'
    Spain win another corner through good work by Cazorla down the left. Iniesta and Casillas share a joke on the bench, and that was the end of that piece of action.
  • 12'
    Shot from long range from Betis midfielder Benat. If this stadium was big enough, that effort probably would have made the fabled row Z
  • 11'
    I think Victor Valdes has just touched the ball for the first time.
  • 9'
    CHANCE! Same old Torres (depending on which school of thought you subscribe to). The striker was put through on goal yet again, but his touch was terrible and the opportunity escaped him
  • 8'
    As you might expect, Del Bosque's boys are knocking this around in front of the Saudis. Pique's picking his moments to meander forward, and almost everybody in front of him is trying to pull the strings for Torres.
  • 6'
    Torres is sent through on goal again, but he's snuffed out by Hawsawi. Will the Chelsea man get a goal - or more - to mark his 100th cap?
  • 5'
    Santi Cazorla sends a shot well wide of goal, but the real bright spot of that move was a lovely pirouette by Sergi Busquets
  • 4'
    Gerard Pique just played a long diagonal ball; Del Bosque will not be happy with that. Cesc fluffed his cross, so normal service is resumed
  • 1'
    Torres' eyes light up as he is set free of the Saudi backline by Cesc, but he is flagged offside
  • 1'
    The two coaches, Vicente del Bosque and Frank Rijkaard, share pleasantries before kick-off ...and we we go! Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabreas get us under way
  • Any Spain fans out there feeling worried? Don't be. Of 12 games played in Galicia, La Roja have never lost
  • We're just going through the Uefa fair play declarations and we'll be all set to get started. I hope you lot are ready for this
  • Tonight is Fernando Torres' 100th cap for Spain, and what a way to mark such an achievement
  • Here is the experimental Spain line-up for this evening: Victor Valdes; Juanfran, Albiol, Pique, Monreal; Busquets; Cesc, Benat, Cazorla, Torres and Pedro.
  • It's a packed house in Galicia, there must be about....what? 12,000 people in attendance?
  • Let's get this show on the road! Welcome to Goal.com International's LIVE! text commentary for Spain v Saudi Arabia in Pontevedra. I'm Sam, and I will be your guide for the evening.