Friendly international

Spain 2 - England 0

Spain: Casillas; Mario Gaspar, Piqué, Marc Bartra (Azpilicueta 82’), Jordi Alba; Thiago (Cazorla 26’), Busquets (Koke 78’), Iniesta (Nolito 46’), Cesc Fàbregas; Paco Alcácer (Pedro 74’), Diego Costa (Mata 63’). 4-4-2.
England: Hart; Walker, Jones, Smalling (Cahill 86’), Bertrand; Carrick (Shelvey 90’), Delph (Alli 62’); Lallana (Dier 62’), Barkley (Rooney 74’), Sterling; Kane. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 72. Mario. Acrobatic overhead kick past Hart from chipped Fàbregas pass.
2-0. 84. Cazorla. Steered shot wide of keeper after Nolito laid ball back to him.

Spain began their warm up for the Euro 2016 finals with a 2-0 victory over England in this friendly game in Alicante. With Sergio Ramos, Juanfran and Isco all pulling out of the squad with injuries, Del Bosque lined up with Diego Costa and Paco Alcácer up front, and Iker Casillas making a European record 165th appearance in goal. Neither keeper was particularly troubled though in the first half, Piqué, Busquets, Alcácer and Costa just missing the target with long shots, and Barclay and Kane trying their luck at the other end. The introduction of Nolito at the break livened things up, and Hart had to make a couple of saves from the Celta forward and Jordi Alba before Mario opened the scoring with a spectacular strike, the Villarreal right back connecting with Cesc’s lifted pass to hook an acrobatic volley past the visiting keeper. With seven minutes to go Cazorla made it two with a low shot after Nolito laid the ball back to him, the referee waving away claims for offside, and England came close to getting one back near the end, substitute Rooney bouncing a shot against the crossbar, and Kane bringing a last minute save out of Casillas, who with this result has now clocked up 100 clean sheets for his country.