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Timely Silva snatches Spain win

Published: Sunday 3 June 2012, 23.31CET
Spain 1-0 China PR
"We deserved to win" said midfielder David Silva, whose 84th-minute strike earned La Roja a narrow victory in Seville.
by Paul Bryan
Timely Silva snatches Spain win
Spain players celebrate David Silva's late winner ©AFP

Match statistics

SpainChina PR

Goals scored1
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
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Published: Sunday 3 June 2012, 23.31CET

Timely Silva snatches Spain win

Spain 1-0 China PR
"We deserved to win" said midfielder David Silva, whose 84th-minute strike earned La Roja a narrow victory in Seville.

Spain completed their pre-tournament preparations with a 1-0 victory against China PR, David Silva's late strike proving the match-winner in Seville.

Vicente del Bosque had his 23-man EURO squad available for the first time following the return of the FC Barcelona and Athletic Club contingent and he will have appreciated the intense workout provided by a China side that were eventually undone by an 84th-minute winner from man of the match Silva.

The Manchester City FC schemer proved a constant menace and had his side's first chance with a long-range shot that zipped just wide. China – led by former Spain coach José Antonio Camacho – should have scored soon afterwards, Zhi Zheng evading Iker Casillas' challenge before slicing wide with the goal at his mercy.

Álvaro Negredo's dragged shot was blocked by goalkeeper Cheng Zeng, but it was Casillas that proved the busier of the two custodians, called into action twice in eight minutes. First he parried Junmin Hao's strike before expertly deflecting Zhi Zheng's angled effort.

With the introduction of Fernando Torres, Andrés Iniesta and Jesús Navas at the break, the hosts dominated and both Raúl Albiol's close-range header and then Iniesta's clever chip struck the crossbar. Torres then found Cheng Zeng unbeatable; the visiting goalkeeper denying the Chelsea FC man with a fine double save.

The game was heading for 0-0 when Iniesta stole possession, darted down the left and cut back for Silva, who stroked in his 16th goal for Spain. "We played well, especially in the second half and with the chances we created we deserved to win," Silva commented afterwards. "We know defending our title will be difficult but we'll look to do our best while staying injury free. Let's see what happens."

 
Last updated: 04/06/12 1.06CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

China

China PR

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
Substitution46
1
Zeng                          Cheng Zeng
2
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
2
Zhang                         Linpeng Zhang
3
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
3
Feng                          Xiaoting Feng
4
RamosSergio Ramos
Substitution56
4
Peng                          Zhao Peng
5
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
5
Sun XiangSun Xiang
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution46
6
XuriZhao Xuri
Yellow Card59
Substitution71
7
BusquetsSergio Busquets
Substitution46
7
QinSheng Qin
Substitution85
8
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
8
JunminJunmin Hao
Substitution60
9
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution67
9
ZhengZhi Zheng
Substitution65
10
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Substitution46
10
Yu                            Hai Yu
Substitution74
11
SilvaDavid Silva
Goal84
11
Gao                           Lin Gao

Substitutes

12
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
Substitution46
12
WangXiaolong Wang
Substitution60
13
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution46
13
LuPeng Lu
Substitution65
Yellow Card75
14
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution46
14
ZhengZheng Zheng
Substitution71
15
JuanfranJuanfran
Substitution46
Yellow Card79
15
Liu                           Jianye Liu
Substitution74
16
PiquéGerard Piqué
Substitution56
16
DabaoYu Dabao
Substitution85
17
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution67

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