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Silva helps Spain scrape Colombia win

Published: Wednesday 9 February 2011, 23.45CET
Spain 1-0 Colombia
David Silva's 86th-minute strike earned Vicente del Bosque's world champions a narrow victory against the South Americans in Madrid.
Silva helps Spain scrape Colombia win
David Silva celebrates scoring Spain's winner against Colombia ©Getty Images

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Published: Wednesday 9 February 2011, 23.45CET

Silva helps Spain scrape Colombia win

Spain 1-0 Colombia
David Silva's 86th-minute strike earned Vicente del Bosque's world champions a narrow victory against the South Americans in Madrid.

Spain 1-0 Colombia
A goal from David Silva four minutes from time was enough for the world and European champions to claim victory in Madrid.

Despite boasting a 100% record in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group I, the Roja had suffered heavy defeats by Portugal and Argentina in their previous two friendly outings, and they came close to slipping up again at the Santiago Bernabéu, with their opponents spurning several presentable opportunities to spring a surprise.

From one such opening, Abel Aguilar had a close-range shot beaten out by Iker Casillas, but soon after that it was Spain's David Villa who was left ruing a missed chance. Looking to take the outright lead in his country's all-time goalscoring charts, the FC Barcelona striker hit the base of a post before scuffing the rebound wide.

The visitors rallied and, either side of the break, Pablo Armero and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado fluffed their lines when well positioned. Home captain Casillas was increasingly called into action as the half progressed, keeping out Fredy Guarín's blast from distance before narrowing the angle of his goal to prevent Hugo Rodallega from finding the target.

With momentum clearly on the side of Hernán Darío Gómez's men, Spain struck on the counterattack, snatching the winner when Santi Cazorla fed Jesús Navas, whose low cross was stabbed in by Silva.

Spain coach Del Bosque said afterwards: "We were facing a very good team who made things uncomfortable for us. The most important thing for me is that I saw a different attitude in my side from the game we lost [4-0] against Portugal and for that I am happy."

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.34CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Colombia

Colombia

CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
OspinaDavid Ospina (GK)
RamosSergio Ramos
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Substitution56
YepesMario Yepes
Yellow Card63
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
PereaLuis Perea
PiquéGerard Piqué
Yellow Card6
Moreno Cardona                Giovanni Andres Moreno Cardona
Substitution62
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution69
GuarínFredy Guarín
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution56
ArmeroPablo Armero
Yellow Card67
BusquetsSergio Busquets
Anchico Patiño                Yulián José Anchico Patiño
Substitution46
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution76
AguilarAbel Aguilar
Yellow Card35
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution56
RamosAdrián Ramos
Substitution58
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution82
Dayro MorenoDayro Moreno
Yellow Card53

Substitutes

ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Substitution56
RodallegaHugo Rodallega
Substitution62
Yellow Card90
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution56
SanchezCarlos Sanchez
Substitution46
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution69
CuadradoJuan Guillermo Cuadrado
Substitution58
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution76
Goal86
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution56
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution82

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Hernan Dario Gomez (COL)

Referee

Richard Trutz (SVK)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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