Category: Spain

Morata saves Spain in four-goal Colombia thriller

Murcia (Spain) (AFP) – Alvaro Morata came off the bench to salvage Julien Lopetegui’s unbeaten record as Spain coach in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Colombia in Murcia on Wednesday. After Edwin Cardona had cancelled out David Silva’s opener for the hosts, Radamel Falcao’s first international goal for two years had Colombia on course for a famous win. However, Morata made his case to start Sunday’s World Cup qualifier away to Macedonia with a towering header three minutes from time to save Spain’s blushes. “I always want to play for Spain,” Morata, who joined up with the squad earlier than ... Read more

Diego Costa, Pedro handed Spain recall

Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez were rewarded for Chelsea’s march towards the Premier League title on Friday with a recall to Julien Lopetegui’s Spain squad for a World Cup qualifier against Israel and a friendly against France. However, there is no place for their Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas, whilst Juan Mata also misses out despite securing Manchester United’s place in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday. Pedro returns for the first time in Lopetegui’s reign as national team boss after controversial comments during Euro 2016 that he would consider retiring from international football as he didn’t want ... Read more

Germany line up Spain, Brazil friendlies

Berlin (AFP) – World champions Germany will host both Spain and Brazil in international friendlies next year ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the German FA (DFB) announced on Friday. Joachim Loew’s side will play 2010 world champions Spain in Dusseldorf on March 23, 2018 before facing record five-time World Cup winners Brazil four days later in Berlin. Germany have yet to qualify for next year’s tournament but are well positioned at the top of their group with four wins from four matches, leading Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan by five points. “These matches against Spain and Brazil will ... Read more

Aspas, Isco deny Southgate’s England victory

London (AFP) – Substitute Isco struck deep in stoppage time to earn Spain a 2-2 draw and deprive Gareth Southgate of victory in his final game as England interim manager on Tuesday. Goals from Adam Lallana and Jamie Vardy had set England up for an impressive win, but Spain debutant Iago Aspas reduced the arrears in the 89th minute before Isco levelled with practically the last kick. Southgate, who lost Lallana to injury in the first half, cursed his luck on the touchline, but having gone four games unbeaten since replacing Sam Allardyce, the job is still expected to be ... Read more

Where to find England vs. Spain on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch England vs. Spain, you’ve come to the right place. After England’s victory against Scotland and Spain’s win against Macedonia, both countries will meet each other in a friendly live from Wembley Stadium in London. For England, it’s a chance for interim coach Gareth Southgate to prove his worth of being the full-time permanent head coach. Here are all of the details of where you can watch it on television and via legal streaming: Match: England vs. Spain Genre: Sports Looking to watch England vs. Spain online from your office, home ... Read more

Spain’s Busquets relishes England progress test

London (AFP) – Spain’s friendly against England at Wembley on Tuesday presents an ideal opportunity to measure the team’s progress under new head coach Julen Lopetegui, midfielder Sergio Busquets said on Monday. Lopetegui was appointed in July following the retirement of Vicente del Bosque, who stood down after Spain followed up a group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup with elimination in the last 16 at Euro 2016. Lopetegui has won four and drawn one of his five games to date and Busquets believes the match against England, who are also rebuilding under Gareth Southgate, will show how far Spain ... Read more

Southgate ends England audition with Spain test

London (AFP) – England’s caretaker manager Gareth Southgate faces a man he aspires to emulate in terms of style and status in Tuesday’s friendly against Julen Lopetegui’s Spain. The match at Wembley will be the fourth and final assignment of Southgate’s interim stint and following Friday’s 3-0 win over Scotland in World Cup qualifying he is expected to be handed the role full-time. Like Southgate, Lopetegui earned the faith of his country’s football association by excelling as under-21s coach, while Spain’s confident passing game is something Southgate wants England to replicate. “It’s one of the biggest challenges that we can ... Read more

England release recovering Kane ahead of Spain friendly

London (AFP) – Harry Kane has returned to Tottenham Hotspur to build up his fitness after injury and will play no part in England’s home friendly against Spain on Tuesday. The 23-year-old was an unused substitute in England’s 3-0 defeat of Scotland on Friday in World Cup qualifying, having only just returned from a seven-week lay-off with an ankle injury. Kane, who has become a key player for England, played 73 minutes for Tottenham in last weekend’s north London derby against Arsenal and scored a penalty, but is short of match fitness. “Harry reported for us last week having not ... Read more