International Matches

Friendly international

Portugal 0 - Spain 3

Portugal: Ricardo (Quim 77'); Miguel, Meira (Andrade 46'), Couto, Nuno Valente (Rui Jorge 46'); Costinha, Maniche (Frechaut 69'); Sergio Conceiçao (Boa Morte 46'), Rui Costa (Deco 62'), Figo; Pauleta. 4-2-3-1.
Spain: Casillas (Cañizares 66'); Salgado, Juanito, Marchena, Puyol (Romero 46'); Xabi Alonso, Baraja (Xavi 46'); Etxeberría, Raúl (Diego Tristán 46'), Vicente (Reyes 46'); Fernando Torres (Valerón 44'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 12. Etxeberría. From edge of area after Vicente paid back Baraja pass.
0-2. 64. Joaquín. Collected Salgado cross and fired shot past Ricardo.
0-3. 76. Diego Tristán. Picked up pass from Reyes and hooked ball over keeper.

A good warm up match for Spain prior to their crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Ukraine next Wednesday, Iñaki Sáez's side steamrollering their hosts 0-3. The manager gave a first run out to Fernando Torres and Reyes at full international level, the former starting the game and the latter coming on at the break. Etxeberría put the visitors ahead early on after good work by Baraja and Vicente, and Baraja could have increased the lead when his free kick hit the post later in the half. As usual both managers made several changes at the break, and two of the new men Joaquín (who threw off an injury to play) and Diego Tristán added two more later on. Ukraine's draw with Northern Ireland means Spain are well placed to finish second in their group, although the victory by leaders Greece in Armenia means they will probably have to play a tricky qualifying round later this year.