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Ramos sets new record as Spain stroll to victory over Faroe Islands

12:41 AM GMT+4 08/06/2019
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The defender has surpassed former Roja and Real Madrid team-mate Iker Casillas as the man with most international wins in history

Sergio Ramos has set a new international record in Spain's 4-1 victory over the Faroe Islands in Friday's European Championship qualifying clash. 

The Real Madrid defender went into the game tied with former Spain and Blancos team-mate Iker Casillas in international wins, with 121 since making his debut for the Roja back in 2005. 

And with Friday's victory he now sits out on his own with 122 victories in 164 appearances, setting a new benchmark in the history of international football. 

Ramos himself set Spain on the way to victory, opening the scoring with a goal after just five minutes. 

Jesus Navas widened the visitors' advantage to two goals shortly after, although the Faroes did hit back with their own strike on the half hour. 

Any hopes of a famous upset, however, were short-lived. Teitur Gestsson netted past his own keeper to restore Spain's two-goal lead before Jose Gaya swooped for his side's fourth of the evening.

Friday's win is Spain's fourth consecutive international victory, having previously dispatched Bosnia & Herzegovina, Norway and Malta in successive outings. 

The three points also leave the Roja, coached by Luis Enrique, in a dominant position looking forward to next year's finals in 12 cities across Europe. 

Spain have now won all three of their qualifying fixtures, keeping them comfortably ahead of closest Group F rivals Sweden and Romania. 

Romania had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Norway on Friday in their qualifying clash, while Sweden cruised past Malta 3-0 in their game.

Spain's next match comes on June 10, when they will welcome Sweden to Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

After that, Spain will return against Romania in September when the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign resumes.