International Matches

Friendly international

Spain 2 - Perú 1

Spain: Casillas (Cañizares 46'); Michel Salgado (Raúl Bravo 46'), Marchena, Iván Helguera, Puyol; Xabi Alonso (Albelda 46'), Baraja (Xavi 46'); Etxeberría (Joaquín 46'), Valerón, Vicente (Luque 46'); Raúl (Tamudo 46'). 4-2-3-1.
Peru: Ibañez; Soto (Gómez 46'), Rebosio, Galiquio (Acasiete 70'), Hidalgo; Ciulizza, Zegarra (La Rosa 65'); Solano (García Mesones 82'), Mendoza (Farfán 67'), Palacios (Quinteros 74'); Pizarro (Silva 67'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 21. Solano. Collected cross from left and fired shot over Casillas.
1-1. 30. Etxeberría. First time volley after Vicente cross headed up by defence.
2-1. 32. Baraja. Header down inside far post from Vicente's cross.

Spain beat Peru 2-1 in their friendly game at the Montjuic stadium in Barcelona, a match which manager Iñaki Sáez used to give a run out to some of the players he expects to call up for this summer's Euro 2004 competition in Portugal. The manager left out youngsters Fernando Torres and Reyes, the former as he was recovering from an injury and the latter to enable him to settle in his new club Arsenal, and decided instead to have a look again at Luque and Tamudo, both of whom came on in the second half.

His side found themselves behind though with twenty minutes on the clock when Aston Villa's Solano collected a cross from the left and fired a shot over Casillas and in to the top corner of the net, and Casillas tipped another shot from Hidalgo onto the bar a few minutes later. However Etxeberría made it all square ten minutes later with a first time volley after Vicente's cross was headed up, and Baraja put the home side in front soon afterwards when he connected with another cross from Vicente to head down past Ibañez.

Both sides were allowed seven changes, and Sáez made all his at half time, with Joaquín, Luque and local boy Tamudo coming on to lead the attack. Within two minutes Tamudo hit the post on a quick breakaway, but after that they hardly troubled keeper Ibañez. And the South Americans came close to levelling the scores later on when Zaragoza's Rebosio headed a corner over the bar, and substitute Silva brought the best save of the night out of Cañizares.