International Matches

Friendly international

Spain 1 - Italy 0

Spain: Casillas; Sergio Ramos (Arbeloa 75'), Puyol (Raúl Albiol 17'), Marchena, Capdevila; Marcos Senna (Xabi Alonso 58'); Iniesta, Xavi, Cesc, David Silva (Riera 58'); Fernando Torres (David Villa 46'). 4-1-4-1.
Italy: Buffon, Panucci, Cannavaro, Materazzi (Barzagli 46'), Grosso; Perrotta (Aquilani 61'), Pirlo (Gattuso 46'), De Rossi; Camoranesi, Toni (Borriello 46'), Di Natale (Iaquinta 75'). 4-3-3.

1-0. 78. David Villa. Struck first time volley into top corner after Cannavaro cleared.

A spectacular volley from David Villa gave Spain a 1-0 win over world champions Italy in their last friendly before the Euro 2008 squad is named. Luis Aragonés put out a line-up similar to the one he is expected to start with in the summer, with his four play-makers in midfield and Fernando Torres up front.

Spain were lucky not to go behind however when Luca Toni had an early headed goal ruled out for a dubious offside. Silva, Xavi and Senna went close after that though, and Buffon had to keep out efforts from Fernando Torres and Cesc before the interval.

Italy came close to scoring after the break, Camoranesi hitting the bar and then bringing a good save out of Casillas. But with twelve minutes to go half time substitute Villa smashed a first time shot past Buffon after Cannavaro headed clear Iniesta's cross to keep up Spain's 18 month unbeaten record.