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Villa rescues draw for Spain in Costa Rica

Published: Wednesday 16 November 2011, 0.15CET
Costa Rica 2-2 Spain
Late goals from David Silva and David Villa salvaged a friendly draw for the world and European champions after they went into the break 2-0 down.
Villa rescues draw for Spain in Costa Rica
Spain midfielder Cesc Fàbregas in action against Costa Rica ©AFP

Match statistics

Costa RicaSpain

Goals scored2
 
2
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

International Matches

Published: Wednesday 16 November 2011, 0.15CET

Villa rescues draw for Spain in Costa Rica

Costa Rica 2-2 Spain
Late goals from David Silva and David Villa salvaged a friendly draw for the world and European champions after they went into the break 2-0 down.

An added-time header from David Villa helped world and European champions Spain rescue a 2-2 draw against Costa Rica in San Jose.

Vicente del Bosque's side looked to be heading for a fifth defeat in the nine friendly internationals they have played since lifting the FIFA World Cup with Costa Rica 2-0 up inside the opening 41 minutes thanks to goals from Randall Brenes and Joel Campbell. The visitors rallied after the break, however, and after substitute David Silva reduced the arrears with eight minutes remaining, Villa nodded in to salvage a draw in what was La Roja's last game of 2011.

With Saturday's 1-0 reverse to England at Wembley still fresh in their minds, Spain started on the back foot at the Estadio Nacional and they were behind shortly after the half-hour when Brenes chipped in after taking advantage of Iker Casillas's uncertainty when coming to collect the ball. Things soon got worse for the Spanish captain – who was making a record 127th appearance for his country – when he failed to prevent Campbell's expertly placed left-footed shot from distance which doubled the hosts' lead.

Del Bosque made several changes as the second half progressed and it was one of the substitutes, Silva, who pulled a goal back inside the last ten minutes, the Manchester City FC attacker profiting from Andrés Iniesta's pass to slot into the corner. With the rain teeming down and the game entering its final throes, Spain won a free-kick in a dangerous position from where Santi Cazorla lifted the ball onto the head of Villa to nod in his 51st international goal.

Spain: Casillas (Valdés 45); Arbeloa, Puyol, Ramos, Monreal (Torres 70); Mata (Navas 45), Xavi Hernández (Cazorla 45), Xabi Alonso (Busquets 45), Fàbregas (Silva 64), Iniesta; Villa.

Costa Rica: Navas; Umaña, Acosta, Miller, Salvatierra; Barrantes (Junior Díaz 74), Brenes (López 57), Azofeifa (Cubero 86), Oviedo (Hernández 80); Campbell (Parks 66), Ruíz (Guevara 89).

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.36CET

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Lineups

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Spain

Spain

NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
Substitution46
UmanaMichael Umana
PuyolCarles Puyol
Yellow Card90
MillerRoy Miller
RamosSergio Ramos
OviedoBryan Oviedo
Substitution80
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Acosta                        Jhonny Acosta
MonrealNacho Monreal
Substitution70
Salvatierra                   José Salvatierra
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution65
BarrantesMichael Barrantes
Substitution74
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
AzofeifaRandall Azofeifa
Substitution86
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution46
RuizBryan Ruiz
Substitution89
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution46
Brenes                        Randall Brenes
Goal31
Substitution59
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution46
CampbellJoel Campbell
Goal42
Substitution66
VillaDavid Villa
Goal90+3

Substitutes

LópezJosé Luis López
Substitution59
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
Substitution46
ParksWinston Parks
Substitution66
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution65
Goal83
Júnior DíazJúnior Díaz
Substitution74
BusquetsSergio Busquets
Substitution46
HernándezCarlos Hernández
Substitution80
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution46
Cubero                        José Cubero
Substitution86
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution46
Guevara                       Allen Guevara
Substitution89
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution70

Coach

Jorge Luis Pinto (COL) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

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