Spain 1-1 Switzerland: De Gea mistake sees La Roja falterJune 3, 2018
Switzerland held Spain to a 1-1 draw at Villarreal’s Estadio de la Ceramica in a pre World Cup friendly earlier tonight.
Julen Lopetegui went with an experimental lineup trying out different formations and combinations throughout with many of the Real Madrid players in the squad including Sergio Ramos and Isco rested after their Champions League final exploits last Saturday.
Spain began brightly and went close inside 90 seconds through Thiago Alcantara, the Bayern Munich man seeing his shot deflect towards goal forcing Swiss keeper Yann Sommer to push the ball around the post.
David Silva was next to go close for La Roja but he dragged his left foot shot wide after Diego Costa had done well to knock the ball down to him.
Then came Switzerland’s only real chance of the half, one which Blerim Dzemaili really should have done better with. Stephan Lichtsteiner got down the right well before dinking the ball to Dzemaili at the back post but he rushed his shot scuffing it into the ground and over the bar.
Less than five minutes later he was made to pay for the missed chance when the hosts took the lead. David Silva saw his original cross blocked but at the second attempt he looped a volley to the edge of the area where Real Sociedad right back Alvaro Odriozola was waiting to strike a controlled volley into the bottom left corner of the net.
Spain continued to press and would have two more chances before the interval, both falling to Andres Iniesta.
His first chance came after an Odriozola run resulted in the captain receiving the ball outside the box but his tame effort was held by Sommer and that was followed by one of his signature mazy runs ending with a shot which Sommer once more had to tip round the post.
They started the second half the way they ended the first with Iniesta firing a shot just wide before Jordi Alba did the same on the other side after Diego Costa had missed the ball.
Despite Spain’s dominance however it was Switzerland who got the game’s second goal on the hour mark.
Lichtsteiner tried to bend a shot beyond David De Gea with his left foot although it looked as if the keeper would make a comfortable save but he somehow managed to let the ball slip and Ricardo Rodriguez slammed the loose ball into the empty net.
Spain next went close with ten minutes left when Lucas Vazquez showed good skill to backheel the ball to Rodrigo who saw his shot saved by Sommer.
They continued to press for a winner even with the multitude of substitutions made and had two great chances in stoppage time, both falling the way of Nacho.
He first saw his curling effort beat Sommer all ends up but could only watch as it hit the outside of the post before heading wide from a corner as the two sides played out a draw
La Roja have one final warm up game which comes on Saturday night against Tunisia, that game being played across in Russia in Krasnodar before the two sides head to their World Cup bases in the country.
The Spaniards then kick off their World Cup campaign against Portugal in Sochi on the 15th of June.
Spain: De Gea; Odriozola (Nacho, 70), Pique, Azpilicueta, Alba (Monreal, 78); Koke, Thiago; Aspas (Vazquez, 46), Iniesta (Saul, 55), Silva (Asensio, 60); Costa (Rodrigo, 60)
Switzerland: Sommer; Lichtsteiner (Lang, 62), Schaer (Djourou, 46), Akanji, Rodriguez (Moubandje 78); Behrami (Fernandes, 62), Zakaria; Shaqiri, Dzemaili (Embolo, 46), Zuber; Seferovic (Drmic, 46)