Spain - Switzerland match report
Spain will be very disappointed for not taking their plethora of chances in their World Cup warm-game against Switzerland, which finished 1-1 at the Ceramica Stadium in Villarreal.
La Roja completely dominated the game, enjoying about two-thirds of the possession, but could not find away passed the Swiss goalkeeper after their 27th minute goal scored by Alvaro Odriozola. The right back hit a beautifully struck volley from outside the box which ended up in the left hand corner -- his first goal for his country. Switzerland managed to make some chances with the small bit of possesion they had in the first half, but did nothing to really challenge De Gea in goal. Iniesta and Silva were the star men for Spain in the first half, both creating plenty of chances. It was the former's last game for his country on home soil, and he came off to rapturous applause in the 55th minute after having put in an impressive performance.
De Gea gifts Switzerland the equaliser
In the second half, the Swiss side saw even saw less of the ball as Spain's tika taka got into full flow. But completely against the run of play, Switzerland scored with their only real chance of the second half in the 62nd minute, thanks to a very uncharacteristic error from De Gea. Swiss captain Lichensteiner stroke a shot with his left foot, which De Gea really should have swept up. But the Manchester United goalkeeper completey fumbled it, allowing Ricardo Rodriguez to capatalize on his error to easily tap it in.
From then until the end Spain continued to make chance after chance, but could not find the winner and the game finisded 1-1.
Spain - Switzerland minute by minute
94' And the ref blows it up!! That's it. Spain really should have won this, they'll be gutted for not taking their chances. It really could have been 4 or 5-1, but alas, the Swiss come away with a draw.
93' Spain piling on the pressure another chance for Rodrgigues, who should have done better with his head, just yards out.
92' It's Nacho again! Getting a head on a corner but it goes wide.
Shot from Nacho just inside the box shaves the upright! So close!
Yellow card for Zuber for his challenge on Koke just outside the box. Free kick in a dangerous area for Spain
88' Real Madrid men Asensio and Isco have played very well since coming on, Isco has created lots of chances
86' Nacho gets head on the cross in from Monreal, but puts it wide.
83' Lucas Vazquez tries to pick out Isco in the area, but his shot is blocked.
82' Swiss finally put something together. But the cross into the box from Moubandje is cleared away easily
Apologies... it's Francois Moubandje on for Rodrigues. Alba is replaced by Nacho Monreal for Spain.
Swiss goalscorer Ricardo Rodriguez comes off for Gavranovic
76' Embolo has been physical since he has come on. Gives away another free kick in the center of the park. Spain push forward and try to build something. Cross in from Isco goes wide.
75' Asensio get nice cross in but Sommer punches it away. Spain still pressing,
72' Incredibñle through ball in for Rodrigo from Aensio but he does nothing with it. Goalkick Switzerland
70' Goalscorer Odriazola makes way for Nacho.
Both teams have made four changes. Two more Spain subs about to be introduced.
67' Spain work the ball into the box, but foul on the keeper. Free out.
Valon Behrami is leaving the field to be replaced by Gelson Fernandes, the man who scored the winner against Spain in the 2010 WC
GOAAALLL!!! Lichensteiner strikes one. De Gea fumbles and Rodrigues comes in to capitalize on the mistake, and taps it in. 1-1! Big mistake from De Gea, he won't be happy with himself
And that's Costa's last piece of action. He has come off to make for Asensio
59' Costa attempts an overhead kick! But he was closer to kicking the head of Lichensteiner than the ball.
58' It's all Spain again. The Swiss in the game even less than they were in the first half.
Saul has just come on for Iniesta and puts in a nasty challenge on Shaqiri that earns him a yellow card. What an entrance!
And Iniesta comes off to a rapturous applause. His last game for his country on home soil!
Iniesta with a great strike from outside the box. Just wide! He's been the man of the match so far, he has been involved in almost everything.
52' Iniesta gives a ball over the top of the defecne for Iniesta, but offside
49' Spaing getting the tiki taka going, get the ball in the box, but cleared by the Swiss defence.
47' Iniesta is down and look n some pain following a clash with Embolo, who has come on at half time. But Iniesta is ok and up on his feet again!
46' Shot from Shaqiri is blocked
Switzerland get us underway. Spain pressing them high in defence and win the ball. But Costa can't get on the end of the through ball played in. Swiss win it back
45' One change for Spain: Isco comes on for Aspas, who has had a quiet game.
The teams are about to come back out for the second half. Will it be more of the same from Spain?
Swiss striker Seferovic would love to end his goal drought this evening. The Benfica man hasn't scored for his club since October, and has only netted four goals for his country in qualifying. Is it time for Petkovic to give Schalke's Breel Embolo a run up front?
Spain have dominated possesion and made a couple of chances, with some lovely tiki taka around the box. Iniesta has probably challenged the keeper the most. But it has generally been a lull affair, not surprisingly for a friendly. The Swiss have managed to create some chances with the small bit of possesion they've had. Certainly all not lost yet for them.
45' And that's the end of the first half! It's been all Spain really. Will the Swiss coach think about making some changes at the break to try to get his team into the game.
44' Thaigo beats two players and finds Alba with a lovely ball across to the corner of the box. But shot not on target
41' Shot from Iniesta with his left, but it's a weak one, easy save for Sommer
40' Coasta gets a head on the end of the corner in, but puts it well wide. Swiss get off lightly again.
39' Spain threaten again and win a corner.
37' Swiss star man Shaqiri has been very quiet so far. Can he get into the game more for his side?
35' 35 mins gone and Spain silll have had around 70% of the possesion. The Swiss have managed to threaten the Spanish defence when they have had the ball but nothing to really challenge De Gea.
33' Foul on Zuber from Thiago in Swiss half
That's the first goal for the 22-year-old Real Sociedad man. He managed to set one up on his debut against Albania.
GOOAAALLLLL! Odriazola with a great volley from outside the box, ends up in the bottom corner. Smashing goal from the right back!
26' Spain threatening again with some tiki taka in the box. but again don't get a shot off
23' Cross into the box from Lichtsteiner ends at the foot of Dzemali, but a week strike from him doesn't challenge De Gea. Positive from SWZ though.
22' Costa fouls Behrami. The Swiss manage to do nothing with the free kick. Spain back in possesion and working it around.
21' Costa headers down to tee up Silva inside the box. Great strike from Silva, just wide.
Silva whips in the free kick. Aspas gets a head to it but it goes well wide.
Spain have a throw in close to the corner. Foul on Alba.
Ricardo Rodrigues pushes forward gets a ball in towards Shaqiri. A nice move from the Swiss that ends in a corner
Spain threaten again with another ball into the box Alba, but again don't get a shot off.
Iniesta and Silva link up in the Swiss box, dangerous but Iniesta doesn't get a shot off.
Ball into the box for Aspas. Corner Spain
Spain have had 77% possesion so far. But only the one shot at goal.
Spain keep possesion but haven't troubled Sommer yet. Passing it around
Great ball through for Seferovic who gets a shot on target, linesmen says offside, but it's arguable. Good stuff from the Swiss.
Behramy knock over Silva, ref calls it
Another long ball from the Swiss ends up in the hand of De Gea
Swiss finally get some time in the ball. A cross from Lichtsteiner fails to find Seferovic
Iniesta and Costa linking up well again to pressure the Swiss. But don't get a shot off this time
Great move from the Spanish. Costa denied by the Swiss keeper
Spain start by working the ball around the pack. The Swiss are pressing really high
Spain about to kick things off
A loud roard from the crowd at Ceramica Stadium who have some to see La Roja off to Russia. A packed house here on a lovely evening in Villarreal
The teams stand in place for the national anthems. Spain's of course is one of the only anthems without lyrics.
Captaining the Swiss side is Juventus' Stephan Lichtsteiner, who is believed to be on his way to Arsenal this summer
Iniesta about to lead the team out for the final time on Spanish soil. An emotional moment for the Barca legend
The teams have had their warm upos and are due to come out soon for the anthems
The Swiss' star man is Shaqiri, who has been hailed as The Alpine Messi
Spanish fans will no doubt remember the last times these two met at WC 2010. The Swiss caused a major upset, beating La Roja 1-0. Although Spain did go on to win the tournament.
And here's the Spanish team: De Gea; Odriozola, Piqué, Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba; Koke, Thiago, Iniesta; Silva, Iago Aspa and Diego Costa.
Hello and welcome to AS' live coverage of the World Cup warm up friendly between Spain and Switzerland at the Ceramica Stadium in Villarreal. The teams are in the dressing rooms and getting ready for kick off at 21:00, CEST.
Spain - Switzerland preview
Spain get their world cup preparations underway in a warm-up friendly against Switzerland this evening at Villarreal’s Cerámica Stadium, a venue in which La Roja have never lost a match.
Coach Julen Lopetegui, who will lead Spain into a tournament for the first time, is expected to rest all of his Real Madrid players, following their Champions League final last Saturday. Spain go into the game undefeated in their last 18 games, the last of which was the 6-1 annihilation of Argentina in March.
Full strength Swiss side, except Xhaka
Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic is set to name a full strength side, apart from one noticeable absentee, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, who is ruled out due to a thigh injury. Spain will no doubt be wary of the danger of Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri, whose impressive skillsets have earned him the title of ‘The Alpine Messi’.
Despite being ranked higher than Spain (eighth) in the Fifa world rankings, Switzerland (sixth) go into this encounter as the underdogs. This Swiss team, however, are a quality outfit and travel to the Cerámica Stadium on the back of an impressive qualifying campaign in which they only lost one game away to Portugal. Like the Spanish, they also managed to score six goals in their last game in March, in their 6-0 drubbing of Panama, and can boast of a proud record of 12 wins in their last 14 matches.