Spain 2 - Denmark 0
Cañizares (Casillas 76'); Gabri (salgado 64'), Marchena,
César, Capdevila; Xabi Alonso (Albelda 64'), Guti (Baraja 46');
Etxeberría, Morientes (Raúl 46'), Luque (Vicente 46'); Salva
(Fernando Torres 46'). 4-2-3-1.
Just about the last chance for Spain to try out new players before the Euro 2004 squad is announced, and Iñaki Sáez took full advantage in this friendly game with Denmark to do just that. The manager put out a starting line up consisting almost entirely of second choice players, including César and Capdevila who were late call ups for the injured Puyol and Helguera, reserving his big names for the second half. The most interesting selection was the choice of Salva and Morientes up front, and it was Morientes who opened the scoring with an excellent header from Capdevila's cross midway through the half. That was about all though against the battling Scandinavians, for whom Madsen missed a good chance to level the scores
With only seven changes allowed in the game, Sáez had left Valerón in the stands, although he assured the press that he had a definite place in the final squad. Fernando Torres and Raúl took over the strikers' roles at the break, and the two combined for Torres to shake off two defenders and cross in for the Real Madrid captain to poke home his 38th goal for his country on the hour mark. Other than the goals though there was not much to shout about, and efforts from Raúl and Vicente for the locals and Kenneth Pérez, Gravesen and Gronkjaer for the visitors met with little success. When Casillas came on a quarter of an hour from the end Spain were looking more like their normal side, and Sáez will probably have to start with his first choice line up in their next friendly against Italy at the end of April, the experiments at an end.