Spain 3 - Chile 0
(Reina 46'); Sergio Ramos (Arbeloa 61'), Puyol (Marchena 46'), Raúl
Albiol, Capdevila; Xabi Alonso, Marcos Senna (Cazorla 46'); Cesc
Fábregas, Xavi (Fernando Llorente 71'), Riera; David Villa (Fernando
Torres 57'). 4-2-3-1.
Twenty-eight and counting... Spain had no problems beating Chile in their friendly international at Villarreal's Madrigal stadium to keep up an unbeaten record which has lasted for two years. Although this was friendly international, Del Bosque stuck with his usual block of players, only drafting in two uncapped forwards, Llorente and Mata (who didn't actually get on the park). The coach preferred a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Riera replacing the injured Iniesta and Fernando Torres starting on the bench.
"La selección" had a tough battle at the start though, the visitors giving as good as they got until Georgian referee Mr. Vadachkoria decided that Tello's tackle on Riera was worthy of a penalty. David Villa stepped up to convert the spot kick, his 24th goal for his country taking him past the mythical Alfredo Di Stefano up to fifth highest all-time scorer. "El Guaje" has scored in five games in a row, equalling the record set by Zarra and Kubala, and if he scores against England in February's friendly he will have set a new record.
Villa could have added to his tally either side of half time, shooting over the top before the break and bringing a good save out of Real Sociedad keeper Claudio Bravo after the restart. Half time substitute Cazorla curled a shot just wide of the post, and Fernando Torres came on to make his mark within minutes, picking up Xavi's pass and cutting past a defender before striking an angled shot past the keeper. It was his first goal for Spain since he scored against Germany in last summer's European final.
Chile fought back though, Reina pulling off a brilliant save from Suazo's header, and Alexis Sánchez shooting over the bar. Albiol headed over at the other end, and Llorente (full name Fernando Llorente Torres!) shot wide shortly after making his debut. The Villarreal crowd though wanted to see a goal from one of their own (Capdevila, Senna, Cazorla and Mati Fernández all played, not to mention Chilean born coach Pellegrini in the stands), and Cazorla obliged with a shot from outside of the area which took a deflection off Carmona to wrong foot Bravo. A great night once again, and Spain go marching on to new heights.