England vs Spain


International Friendly

November 15th

Wembley Stadium, London, England


8′ Lallana (P)

48′ Vardy

89′ Aspas

90’+5′ Isco

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result meant that Southgate ended his interim spell as England manager unbeaten. Spain manager Julen Lopetegui also extended his unbeaten run as the new Furia Roja manager.

FT: Despite the result being a real sucker-punch for England, they should take confidence in the fact that they led the former World Champions and with a bit more concentration in defence, they might have won the game. Spain were without a number of key-players it must be said and the result tonight will give them confidence too.

FT: Spain deserve credit for coming back from two goals down. They created a number of good chances with Silva , Koke and Morata forcing Heaton into good saves. Morata thought he was going to reduce the deficit when he was played through on-goal but his effort was smothered by Heaton although he was already offside. After Aspas’ goal, Spain grew in confidence and went close to the equaliser when Isco had an effort blocked by Stones, but the Real Madrid midfielder found the net right at the death.

FT: England let a two-goal lead slip, failing to keep possession in the latter stages of the match. Since going 2-0 up England didn’t make the most of their chances with Walcott spurning a good chance although Reina did well to make the save. Lingard went close when he rounded Reina but his effort was cleared by Nacho before it approached the goal-line. Lingard also clipped the bar two minutes from time but the flag was already in an offside position.

FT: So England have been denied by two late goals from the Spaniards.

90’+6′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+5′ Goal!! Isco expertly controls a Carvajal cross-field pass before slotting home through the legs of Heaton.

90’+3′ So close!! Townsend does brilliantly to beat a number of players and find Rashford, who spots Lingard, whose effort clips the bar but he was offside anyway.

90’+2′ The corner is cleared.

90’+2′ Chance!! Morata does brilliant to keep possession and find Koke who teed up Isco, whose effort was brilliantly blocked behind for a corner by Stones.

90′ Henderson wins a freekick.

90′ There will be five additional minutes.

89′ Goal!! Spain break with Morata, who finds Aspas, who cuts-inside before curling an effort home off the post.

83′ The hosts eventually deal with the threat.

83′ Townsend concedes a corner.

82′ Isco’s delivery is cleared.

82′ Stones concedes a corner.

81′ Jagielka is penalised for a foul on Morata.

80′ Isco hits the wall with his freekick.

79′ Clyne is penalised for handball and concedes a freekick in a dangerous position.

78′ Final England change sees Aaron Cresswell replace Rose.

77′ Final Spain change sees Nolito replace Busquets.

76′ Chance!! Morata is played through on-goal by Aspas but his effort is smothered although he was offside anyway.

76′ The corner is pulled-back to Rose, who fires a powerful effort harmlessly wide.

75′ The delivery is blocked for a corner.

74′ Carvajal receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Rose and concedes a freekick in a dangerous position.

73′ Chance!! Rashford manages to get to a through-ball ahead of Reina but cannot keep the ball in play.

70′ Close!! The delivery is initially dealt with before Morata cuts-inside to fire an effort that Heaton saves well.

69′ The delivery is dealt with before Azpilicueta wins a corner.

68′ Carvajal wins a freekick.

66′ Fifth England change sees Marcus Rashford replace Vardy.

65′ Morata is caught offside.

64′ Fourth England change sees Andros Townsend replace Sterling.

64′ Aspas receives a yellow card for pushing the linesman.

63′ Double Spain change sees Silva and Aduriz replaced by Isco and Morata.

62′ Chance!! Lingard is played through on-goal, beats Reina to the ball and fires an effort at goal from a tight-angle but Nacho clears the ball as it approaches the goal-line.

59′ Close!! Koke receives the ball to fire an effort from-range that Heaton saves well.

58′ The delivery is cleared.

57′ Aspas wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Rose.

55′ Third Spain change sees Herrera replace Alcántara.

55′ Chance!! Lovely intricate football from Spain sees Silva receive a cut-back to fire a deflected effort that Heaton smothers away before Aspas fires over the bar under-pressure from Clyne.

51′ Vardy wins a freekick.

50′ Chance!! England break with Vardy, who tees up Walcott and he should score but Reina does well to palm the effort away before Henderson fires wide.

48′ Goal!! A fantastic delivery from Henderson is headed home emphatically by Vardy with a diving-header, it’s his first goal since September 10th.

46′ The delivery is claimed by Reina.

45′ Chance!! Lingard finds Walcott, who fires a deflected effort into the side-netting.

45′ England get the second-half underway.

45′ During the interval, England make a double substitution with Hart replaced by Tom Heaton and Phil Jagielka replacing Cahill. Spain make a double substitution with Koke and Iago replacing Vitolo and Mata.

HT: England will need to get a second to make sure of the result given the quality of their opposition, who will no doubt improve after their below average first-half performance. So will England add to their tally or will Spain come back into this match? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Despite trailing, Spain have got into some good positions in and around the area and had a good chance to level the scores after Mata’s pull-back found Vitolo, but the winger dragged his effort wide when he should have at least hit the target. The visitors will need to be more clinical in front of goal and should things fail to improve, they have sufficient quality players in Ander Herrera, Isco and Álvaro Morata amongst others on the bench and will no doubt be summoned. England haven’t had enough of the ball but they’ve looked rather comfortable although the Spaniards are considerably under-strength in the attacking department.

HT: The hosts were under-pressure from the moment of the first whistle but a careless challenge from Reina brought Vardy down in the area to concede a penalty, which was converted successfully by Lallana, who had to be replaced due to an injury moments later. Chances have been scarce for both sides but the hosts did have another good chance when a poor touch from Aduriz found Vardy, but he sliced his effort wide. Sterling has sent in a few teasing deliveries but Vardy just hasn’t been able to get onto the end of them, much to the credit of Martínez and Azpilicueta.

HT: So England have the lead at the break.

45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45’+2′ The freekick comes to nothing after a foul from Martínez.

45’+1′ Rose is penalised for a late foul on Carvajal and receives a yellow card.

45′ There will be two additional minutes.

41′ Silva wins a freekick.

38′ Vitolo is penalised for a foul.

37′ Chance!! The delivery isn’t dealt with properly by the visitors, who gift possession to Vardy in the area after a poor touch from Aduriz but the England striker slices his effort and the ball drifted just wide.

37′ Sterling sends in a teasing delivery towards Vardy but it just evades the Leicester striker and Azpilicueta concedes a corner.

36′ The delivery is cleared before Sterling loses possession.

35′ The delivery is cleared before Cahill wins a freekick in a dangerous position.

35′ Martínez cuts-out a dangerous Sterling cross behind for a corner.

34′ Vitolo wins a freekick after a foul from Rose.

33′ Busquets is penalised for a foul on Sterling.

31′ The delivery is cleared.

30′ Walcott receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Azpilicueta. Freekick in a good position for the visitors.

30′ The delivery is cleared to Walcott, whose volley is comfortable for Reina.

29′ Martínez receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Walcott. England have a freekick in a good position.

27′ Carvajal is penalised for a foul before Sterling catches Aduriz high off the ball and receives a yellow card.

26′ Clyne is adjudged to have been fouled by Silva.

26′ First England change sees Theo Walcott replaced the injured Lallana.

24′ Lallana leaves the field and it looks as though he’s going to have to be replaced.

23′ Lallana is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.

22′ Alcántara is penalised for a late challenge on Lallana.

21′ Nacho wins a freekick.

20′ The corner is taken short but the visitors deal with the threat.

19′ Azpilicueta concedes a corner.

18′ Vitolo is caught offside.

14′ Chance!! Carvajal finds Mata, who pulls the ball back to Vitolo, who takes a touch before dragging his effort wide.

11′ Lallana is caught offside.

9′ Lallana is penalised for a foul.

8′ Goal!! Lallana fires the spot-kick into the top-corner to put England ahead against the run of play.

7′ Penalty!! A teasing eye-of-the-needle-pass from Lallana  finds Vardy, who despite taking a poor touch, takes the ball past Reina, who brings the Leicester striker down and the referee points to the spot. The keeper is lucky to escape further punishment.

6′ The delivery is cleared before Sterling wins a freekick.

4′ Vardy catches Azpilicueta with a wreckless challenge, the striker did play the ball but it was his follow-through that caught the Chelsea full-back. Vardy just gets a talking-to.

2′ Hart claims a teasing delivery from Carvajal.

0′ Spain get the game underway

Team news:

England: Joe Hart (GK), Danny Rose, John Stones, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy

Spain: Pepe Reina (GK), César Azpilicueta, Nacho, Iñigo Martínez, Dani Carvajal, Thiago Alcántara, Sergio Busquets, Juan Mata, David Silva, Aritz Aduriz, Vitolo


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