Spain Ready For World Cup
Spain's preparation for the World Cup 2010 got a timely boost last night in a friendly against Poland, when they produced an emphatic 6-0 scoreline in Murcia, underlining their credentials as potential World Champions.
The hapless Poles were quickly undone by the superior technique of the Spaniards, in particular Barcelona playmaker Iniesta who, playing on the left wing, set up the first goal - a tap in for David Villa - with a gorgeous cross played with the outside of his right boot.
The second was equally sublime. Surrounded by white shirts, Iniesta scooped the ball over the defence with a classic school-boy trick that flummoxed the Polish defence. Xavi made the run and his simple ball across goal presented Silva with the easiest of finishes. 2-0 and Poland were looking shell-shocked!
There was worse to come however as the Spaniards continued to pile on the pressure with their free-flowing football. Alonso scored from a well-worked free kick, even though the deflection off the defender was what beat the keeper, Fabregas came off the bench to angle a fourth home, and then Pedro did well on the left to set up a fifth from Torres. Pedro himself rounded things off after picking up the ball from a goalmouth scramble and scoring with a clever lob.
It really was a class performance by a Spanish team clearly in their prime. Iker Casillas barely had a save to make all game and at any point you felt that the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Villa could open up the defence... the fact that Pedro, Torres and Fabregas started on the bench says it all!
Of course it will be different when the chips are down and there's a World Cup to play for, but on the basis of last night it would be a brave man who betted against Spain adding to their victory in Euro 2008 with the most coveted trophy in football!
If (like us!) you can't make it to South Africa, then fear not footie fans, we've just penned a fresh article on where to watch the World Cup 2010 in Barcelona!