International Matches

Friendly international

Spain 0 - Romania 1

Spain: Casillas, Angel (Sergio Ramos 74'), Juanito, Javi Navarro, Antonio López; Angulo, Xavi Alonso (Marcos Senna 46'), Cesc (Oubiña 46'), Silva; Morientes, David Villa. 4-4-2.
Romanía: Colman; Marin, Tamas (Goian 85'), Chivu (Ghionea 85'), Rat (Badoi 87'); Niculescu (Buga 46'), Petre, Maldarasanu (Rosu 46'), Niculae (Dica 74'), Cocis; Marica. 4-5-1.

0-1. 58. Marica. Picked up ball outside area and ran on to beat Casillas.

A disappointing result for Spain in this friendly international in Cádiz, Luis Aragonés's new look side losing 0-1 to Romania. The coach gave first caps to Angel, Javi Navarro and David Silva in his starting line up, with Lopo on the bench and Arizmendi called up for the first time but unable to play due to an injury. Two of Silva's Valencia team mates, Villa and Morientes, were up front, and the best chances before the break fell to the three of them. Silva was the first to try his luck with a long shot which Coman caught at the second attempt, and Villa did likewise midway through the first half. And Morientes brought another good save out of the keeper with a header from Silva's cross before Marica tested Casillas for the first time on a quick breakaway just before the interval.

Aragonés changed his two defensive midfielders at the break, bringing on the more physical Senna and Oubiña for ball players Alnoso and Cesc, but things didn't improve. And with just under an hour gone Marica picked up a pass from the middle of the park to run on and fire a low shot through the legs of Antonio López wide of Casillas. Villa fired a free kick over the bar soon afterwards, and Silva brought the best save of the night out of Coman after López and Villa combined to set him up. But Casillas had to be on his toes to keep out a dipping free kick from Chivu later on, and with Spain not showing any more ideas and Aragonés not bothering to make any more changes, the disappointed fans started to boo their own side.