Spain 3 - China 0
Puyol (Sergio Ramos 46'), Juanito, Pablo, Del Horno; Xavi (Valerón 46'),
Albelda (Orbaiz 46'); Joaquín (Luis García 55'), De la
Peña, Luque (Reyes 46'); Fernando Torres (Mista 46'). 4-2-3-1.
Spain warmed up for their World Cup qualifier against Serbia Montenegro with a comfortable 3-0 victory over China on a rainy night in Salamanca. Except for the injured Raúl, Luis Aragonés put out the starting line up which he is expected to use on Wednesday night, De la Peña stepping in for the captain and Puyol switching to right back in the absence of Michel Salgado. And with only three minutes on the clock they took the lead when Fernando Torres converted a penalty after Luque was held back in the area.
Albelda and De la Peña both went close, but Li Wei Feng tested Casillas at the other end with a header soon afterwards. Pablo thought he had scored a second when his header from Xavi's corner was ruled out by the Portuguese referee for the positional offside of Torres, but Xavi did make it two on the half hour mark when his free kick was deflected in off the head off Shao Jia Yi, the Barcelona midfielder's first goal for his country.
Luis Aragonés made five of his six allowed changes at the break, giving a first cap to Mista and the 18 year old Sergio Ramos, the youngest player to play for Spain in 64 years. The substitutions didn't change the flow of the game though, and eight minutes after the restart Joaquín got a third goal for the hosts, running on to De la Peña's pass to chip the keeper.
Aragonés used his last change to give a first appearance to Liverpool winger Luis García, who was to hit the bar later in the second half. Before that though China could have pulled a goal back, Ho Zhaojun coming on to bring a good save out of Casillas almost immediately, and Shao Jia Yi firing a lofted shot over the bar. In the end though a good run out for "la selección", who now travel to Belgrade for one of the most important matches of the season.