International Matches

Friendly international

Spain 2 - Egypt 0

Spain: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Pablo (Juanito 86'), Puyol, Antonio López; Marcos Senna (Xavi 46'), Albelda (Xabi Alonso 46'), Cesc (Iniesta 69'); Raúl (Luis García 62'); David Villa (Reyes 46'), Fernando Torres. 4-3-1-2.
Egypt: El Hadari; Gomaa, Al Nahhas, El Sakka (Abdelhalim Ali 63'), Wahab (Mosalem 76'); Barakat (Fathi 63'), Hassan, Rabou, Shawki; Terika (Gaafar 84'), Nabi (Hamza 84'). 4-4-2.

1-0. 14. Raúl. Following up after keeper pushed out long shot from Antonio López
2-0. 56. Reyes. Bent free kick over defensive wall and in to top corner of net.

Spain beat Egypt 2-0 in their second warm up game for the World Cup. Luis Aragonés drafted Raúl in to another aggressive starting line up, and with just under a quarter of an hour on the clock the Real Madrid captain came up trumps when he shot wide of Hadari after the keeper could only push out a long shot from Antonio López. Prior to that David Villa had had a couple of efforts saved by the keeper and Pablo had had a header from a corner cleared off the line, and Spain continued to dominate up to the break, with Hadari having problems to keep out a long shot from Cesc and villa firing another effort just wide.

The coach made three changes at the break, and one of the half time substitutes Reyes added a second with a well struck free kick. Luis García came on for Raúl and almost immediately brought a good save out of the keeper, and Fernando Torres headed the resulting corner into Hidari's hands. Up to this point the African champions had hardly troubled Casillas, and even when the keeper presented Terika with a gift they were unable to score. Casillas was at last called upon to keep out a header from Ali following Hassan's free kick, but Luis García could have extended the lead after Iniesta put him through late on. A good result though, and another boost of confidence for the "selección" just a few days before it all begins.