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June 12, 2013 8:00 AM MYT
Yankee Stadium — New York City
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
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Player Ratings: Spain 2-0 Republic of Ireland

Goal.com rates the performers on show in New York City as Spain wrapped up their preparations for the Confederations Cup with victory at Yankees Stadium

By Mohammed Ali

  • Víctor Valdés
    0
    1
    2.50

    Víctor Valdés

    Enjoyed a pretty comfortable 58 minutes of play. Not troubled nearly as much, save for a Sammon attempt. Made way for Casillas early into the second half.

  • Arbeloa
    0
    1
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    The Real Madrid right-back epitomised the slow start in the international friendly, but improved as the game wore on. Defensively sound, he didn’t support the Spanish attack on the wing to a considerable extent.

  • Jordi Alba
    0
    1
    2.50

    Jordi Alba

    A decent evening from the left-back, who, like Arbeloa, wasn’t as influential supplementing the attack as seen in other games. Fluid on the wings, and solid at the back, but could’ve used his attacking prowess more to break down Ireland in the early stages.

  • Piqué
    0
    0
    2.50

    Piqué

    Did well attacking at the other end, and unlucky to have been denied by Paul McShane, but at the back, left a little to be desired. Almost gifted Ireland the opener after Connor Sammon easily dispossessed him. Improved, but still a little questionable in defence.

  • Sergio Ramos
    1
    0
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    A comfortable evening for the Real Madrid man, who only really was posed problems from the set-pieces. A solid performance from the back, and unlucky not to have tested Ireland from his forays forward for the set-pieces.

  • Busquets
    0
    1
    3.00

    Busquets

    Busquets proved to be once again, the rock in the midfield, and frustrated the opponents on more than one occasion. Linked defence with attack well, but performance on the wane as the game wore on.

  • David Silva
    0
    1
    2.50

    David Silva

    Not as threatening on the wing as he could’ve been, the Manchester City midfielder still posed a couple of problems for the likes of Stephen Kelly. Bamboozled the Irish defence at times, but his sloppy finishing let him down.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    0
    1
    2.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Not as influential in midfield as Xavi was, but Iniesta produced the calm and composed performance you might expect of him. Uncharacteristically sloppy and erratic on occasions, and frustrated by the Irish defence. Replaced on the hour for Cesc Fabregas.

  • Xavi
    0
    1
    3.00

    Xavi

    Typically the heartbeat of the midfield, the Spain captain displayed his full array of passing to win the battle in the middle of the park. Created various opportunities for his team-mates.

  • David Villa
    0
    1
    2.00

    David Villa

    Poor evening from the Barcelona forward, who was easily shut out by an initially dogged and spirited Irish defence. Taken off at half-time for Soldado, which helped swing the game in Spain’s favour.

  • Pedro
    1
    0
    3.00

    Pedro

    Earned an unnecessary yellow card for a poor challenge on Seamus Coleman early on, but brightened up to be the fulcrum of the Spanish attack. Displayed great creativity at times, and also hit the bar.

Substitutions

  • Iker Casillas
    0
    1
    2.50

    Iker Casillas

    Replaced his Barcelona counterpart before the hour, and notably pushed away a McClean effort to preserve a clean sheet.

  • Santi Cazorla
    3
    0
    3.00

    Santi Cazorla

    The Arsenal midfielder was thrown on for the last ten minutes, and picked up a superb assist, for Mata’s goal in that short time.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    0
    1
    2.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Fabregas came on for Iniesta and helped Spain become more efficient through the middle. Combined well with Busquets and Navas out wide to instigate opportunities.

  • Jesús Navas González
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jesús Navas González

    Like Soldado, his substitution helped to rejuvenate Spain after the break, replacing the ineffective Silva. Dazzled on the wing, and ensured La Roja became more threatening out wide.

  • Juan Mata
    4
    0
    3.00

    Juan Mata

    Typified his Spain career – another late cameo, another good performance, topped off with a goal. Combined well with Cazorla to fire in a beautiful second.

  • Roberto Soldado
    1
    0
    3.50

    Roberto Soldado Top of the Match

    Made an instant impact following Villa’s substitution and operating more centrally. Linked up well with Navas on the wing, and finally broke the deadlock with a beautiful finish from Alvaro Arbeloa’s ball. Impact helped change the game.

  • David Forde
    1
    0
    3.00

    David Forde

    The Millwall goalkeeper enjoyed a decent first half, though not troubled severely as he would’ve anticipated. Unluckily beaten in the second, but can take heart from the performance. Substituted for Darren Randolph in the second half.

  • Darren O'Dea
    0
    0
    2.00

    Darren O'Dea

    Like his defensive partner, O’Dea did well against the star-studded attack before him, and ensured Spain could only strike from distance. Second-half proved much more difficult, with his deflection off the ball helping Soldado to tuck away the opener.

  • Paul McShane
    1
    0
    2.50

    Paul McShane

    The Hull City defender was the source of frustration for Spain in a dominating first half in which he denied the world champions with a series of late interceptions and blocks. Made to work harder, and struggled in the second half as the onslaught continued.

  • Stephen Kelly
    1
    0
    2.00

    Stephen Kelly

    The right-back fared well, shutting out the ineffective duo of Arbeloa and Silva, but couldn’t match his performance following Navas’ introduction, which led to Spain’s opener.

  • Sean St Ledger
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sean St Ledger

    Made to work to track the fervent Spanish attack throughout the game, but completed his duties efficiently. Had the unfortunate luck to see a goal ruled out by offside in the second half amidst Irish bemusement.

  • Jeff Hendrick
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jeff Hendrick

    The 21-year-old, making only his fifth appearance in the famous green shirt, failed to make an impact in midfield. Couldn’t control possession efficiently, and withdrawn at half-time for Stephen Quinn.

  • James McCarthy
    1
    0
    2.50

    James McCarthy

    The Wigan midfielder ensured a bright start and did well to initially frustrate a number of the midfielders, before being forced to track back and limit the Spanish offensive. Withdrawn in favour of David Meylar.

  • Seamus Coleman
    1
    0
    2.50

    Seamus Coleman

    Produced a couple of mazy runs from the right wing to supplement the Irish charge forward, though his deliveries failed to make an impact on the final third. Impressed on the far side, nonetheless.

  • Andy Keogh
    0
    0
    2.00

    Andy Keogh

    Enjoyed a decent start, with his attacking runs helping the Boys in Green on the counter, but tailed off miserably as the game continued to roll on. Replaced by James McClean.

  • Conor Sammon
    0
    0
    2.00

    Conor Sammon

    The Derby County striker was a physical presence up front, and could’ve fired his side into a dream lead, when dispossessing Gerard Pique, but firing his shot past Victor Valdes horribly wide. Tailed off after that, and was largely a spectator towards the end.

  • Robbie Keane
    0
    0
    2.00

    Robbie Keane Flop of the Match

    The Ireland captain, scorer of a hat-trick last week, failed to add to his tally in New York this evening, and largely cut a peripheral figure up front. Substituted on 57 minutes.

Substitutions

  • Darren Randolph
    0
    0
    2.00

    Darren Randolph

    The Motherwell goalkeeper replaced the impressive Forde midway through the second half. Beaten by Mata’s goal, but did well to deny Cazorla with a stunning save.

  • David Meyler
    0
    0

    David Meyler

    Replaced McCarthy with minutes to go

  • James McClean
    1
    0
    3.00

    James McClean

    Ireland’s best player in the second half, with his impact telling after the substitution. Created a couple of chances, and getting stuck in. Got the better of Arbeloa, before sending a stinging effort which was turned aside by Casillas.

  • Stephen Quinn
    0
    0
    2.00

    Stephen Quinn

    Replaced his fellow young midfielder, but couldn’t help Ireland regain the right track. Erratic on the ball, and in the tackle, booked later.

  • Simon Cox
    0
    0
    2.00

    Simon Cox

    Failed to pick up where Keane left off in attack, but lucky not to have been sent off for a poor stamp on Sergio Busquets, which instead earned him a yellow card. His interception of the ball also aided the offside call on St Ledger's disallowed goal.

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