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7 June 2011
• Estadio Olímpico General José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto la Cruz
Referee: G. Buckley
David Villa 5'
Xabi Alonso 45'+
Shots on Target
FULL-TIME! Spain beat Venezuela 3-0 courtesy of goals from Villa, Pedro and Xabi Alonso. The away nation bossed the first half but struggled a little in the second. That's it from us tonight. Be sure to check out the other international fixtures from earlier this evening. Goodnight and god bless.
90' + 1'
We're into three minutes of stoppage time here. Will Venezuela get ther second half endeavour deserves? Probably not. The Spanish defence have been solid tonight.
Casillas is on for Valdes. Not sure why the Barcelona keeper has been taken off in the closing minutes. Strange substitution.
After some patient build-up play, Silva attempts to slide the ball through to Torres just inside the box yet Vega is alert, coming out of his goal to claim the ball.
Spain are enjoying a rare spell of possession in this second half as the European nation look to maintain their three goal lead.
Guerra makes a great run, charging past several Spanish defender. Just as he appears to break into the box, Capdevilla gets a foot to the ball to deflect it clear for a corner. Nearly an own goal there.
Rincon heads narrowly wide from a corner as the home nation continue to put the World champions under pressure in the second half.
Slight delay here as Valdes collides with Marchena as the away nation attempt to clear the resulting corner. It looks like both men will be fine to continue.
WONDERFUL SAVE BY VALDES! Rincon drives forward and tries his luck from 22 yards out. His shot is heading towards the top corner yet the Barcelona keeper somehow turns the ball around the post for a corner.
TORRES COMES CLOSE! THE Chelsea striker is played through on goal by Cazorla yet he can only smash the ball over the bar from 10 yards.
Venezuela are in control of this second period yet find themselves 3-0 down. Di Giorgio slides the ball into the net yet the offside flag is up.
Arango's cross is flicked towards goal audaciously by Cichero yet the ball drifts wide of Valdes' goal.
It's still 3-0 to Spain here as we head into the final 20 minutes. Can Del Bosque's men add to their tally or can Venezuela grab a consolation or two...or three?
Yellow Card Carlos Marchena
GLORIOUS CHANCE MISSED BY ARANGO! Cichero slides a wonderful through ball to the attacker who fails to hit the target from six yards, his effort drifting wide of the post.
Two more substitutes for Spain with Torres and Capdevilla coming on for Llorente and Arbeloa.
Venezuela are certainly doing a decent job of playing for pride in this second-half. Spain are struggling to create chances like they did in the first half.
Cichero chips an inviting ball into the box yet Perozo can only head the ball over the bar from eight yards. Poor effort.
Moreno breaks the Spain box after some nice build-up play but his low ball across the six-yard line is cleared to safety by Albiol.
Pedro, who has now switched to the right wing plays a deep cross into the box but Del Moral cannot get on the end of it.
Rosales breaks down the right wing but his cross is fairly poor as Marchena heads the ball clear of danger with no Venezuelan players in the penalty box.
Miku, Arango and Di Giorgio are on for Venezuela at the half-time break in place of Maldonado, Orozco and Seijas.
The home nation appear to be much improved in the early stages of the second half. Spain are yet to break into Venezuela's half in the last five minutes.
VENEZUELA SHOULD SCORE! Gonzalez' good work down the right sees the winger's cross take a slight deflection off a Spansh defender into the path of Moreno. However the striker struggles to adjust his positioning as the ball bounces off his legs for a goal-kick.
Del Moral, Silva and Cazorla are on for the away nation in place of Villa, Iniesta and Xabi Alonso.
G. Di Giorgi
Manu Del Moral
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Spain get us back underway in this second period. There have been several changes at half-time which will be confirmed shortly.
HALF-TIME! Spain have a 3-0 lead at the break with goals coming from Villa, Pedro and Xabi Alonso. Del Bosque's men have been the dominant outfit and have made the most of their chances in front of goal. Venezuela have a huge task to get back into this game. Can they do it? Join us in 15 minutes for the second half of the match.
45' + 1'
Goal Xabi Alonso
45' + 1'
3-0 SPAIN! Carbon copy of the first goal although this time it's Xabi Alonso. The Real Madrid midfielder strikes a dipping free-kick into the corner of the goal, past the outstretched hand of Vega. Game over? It certainly looks that way.
Rincon halts Iniesta's run 30 yards from goal with the referee awarding another free-kick. Surely the last opportunity of the half.
Pedro, who has been Spain's dangerman in the first half looks to cut into the box from the left, as he has done on numerous occasions during this game yet Rosales makes a smart last-ditch interception.
Decent spell of possession for the home team although Spain's defence are standing firm. Can the South Americans grab a goal before the break?
The game's tempo has certainly slowed down in the last few minutes with both sides looking towards the half-time interval.
Another stoppage after Albiol brings down Moreno on the edge of the box. No free-kick awarded, despite a heavy challenge.
Venezuela show a glimpse of their attacking capability when Wolfsburg;s Orozco wriggles free of Arbeloa before cutting in from the right. However, his drive from just inside the box glides over the bar.
The resulting free-kick from 30 yards is smashed straight into the wall by Xabi Alonso. Maybe Villa should have tried his luck again.
The pitch here at Estadio Jose Antonio Anzoategui is not the best yet Spain are coping well with it. Villa is the latest player to be fouled, this time by Rincon.
Possession football for Del Bosque's side with their South American opposition chasing shadows at the minute.
Spain are in complete control of this game now, despite Venezuela looking lively in attack during the early stages of the game.
Villa hits a fierce strike from 25 yards which is turned over the crossbar rather unconventionally by Vega.
2-0 SPAIN! The World champions double their lead through the lively Pedro. His club team-mate Villa plays the ball through to Pedro on the edge of the box before the Barcelona man hits a low effort into the bottom corner via a slight deflection off Lucena.
Pedro is on the floor again as Gonzalez brings down the diminutive attacker 20 yards from goal.
The ball breaks to Seijas 20 yards from goal yet the central midfielder thrashes at it with Valdes there to guide the ball past his post.
Penalty appeal for the Spanish turned down. Pedro shows quick feet to knock the ball past Rosales in the Venezuela box. The right-back appears to block off the Barcelona man yet the referee rules their to be limited contact.
With Xabi Alonso recovered, Spain are in the ascendancy now. Del Bosque's men are playing their usual relaxed passing game, looking for another breakthrough.
A stoppage here as Xabi Alonso receives some treatment on the ground after Lucena's late lunge.
Yellow Card F. Lucena
The early goal has settled Spain who are now enjoying a decent spell of possession. Venezuela will be looking to bounce back after making a lively start.
Yellow Card Gabriel Cichero
That was a sensational strike from the Barcelona striker. It looked like Xabi Alonso would be stepping up but Villa hit the ball with such power, the keeper had no chance.
Goal David Villa
1-0 SPAIN! SUPERB GOAL! Villa tries his luck from the resulting free-kick and his dipping drive is too powerful for Vega who fails to keep the ball out of his net.
Cichero brings doqn Busquets 35 yards from goal. Will Spain try their luck from here?
Venezuela have started very brightly with Moreno already having an effort on goal. However, Valdes, making a rare start for his country makes an easy stop.
The home nation get us underway here kicking from left to right in their burgundy kit. Spain are in their change strip of all white.
Spain Starting XI: Valdes; Iraola, Marchena, Albiol, Arbeloa; Alonso, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Llorente, Villa
Venezuela Starting XI: Daniel Santos; Rosales, Lucena, G. Perozo, Cichero; Y. Orozco, Rincon, Seijas; C. Gonzalez, Maldonado, Moreno
Here come the teams...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the international friendly between Venezuela and Spain. The World champions will be looking to experiment with fringe players this evening and follow up their impressive 4-0 victory over the U.S with another win. Venezuela on the other hand will be hoping to cause an upset in their preparations for next month's Copa America.
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