day 16 – six goals!
(I love this picture, because it has every single guy on La Roja celebrating, with the exception of Iker, of course).
Last night in Murcia, Spain beat Poland 6-0 in their last game before their World Cup debut on June 16. They played much better than they had in their last two outings, against Saudi Arabia and South Korea. The six goals were scored by six different players – Villa (although the goal should be credited as an own goal), Silva, Xabi Alonso, Cesc, Torres and Pedro. And some of them, notably the second and third for me, were real beauties!
– Fernando Torres returned to La Roja after missing the previous two games.
– Iker was the captain, and once again wore his blue uniform.
– David Villa said that the second goal was like one scored while playing a video game.
– Cesc became the youngest Spanish player to reach 50 games with the national team, at the age of 23. As a comparison, Zubi, the player with the most games played with the national team, had not yet debuted with la selección at the same age. Cesc’ll receive a plaque from the RFEF, as they dole those out to any player who reaches 50 games. He debuted on March 1, 2006 at the hands of Luis Aragonés.
– Iniesta was taken off as a precaution in the 39th minute after hurting his right leg. He made two sublime passes that led to the first and second goals, and enjoyed the rest of the first half from the bench. He’ll undergo tests today in Barcelona to see the extent of the injury, but it’s not expected to be serious. David Villa said it was a scary moment for all of them when Andrés asked to be subbed out.
Today is an off day for the players (Villa said he’ll be returning to Valencia to spend the day with his niñas), with the players expected back in Madrid tomorrow to travel to South Africa!
(And I love this one because you can see all the dirt flying, and because we get a nice glimpse of Xavi’s thigh).