International friendly match

Portugal 0 - Spain 3

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 if they are to make the finals in Portugal next summer. (06.09.03)

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