Spain bossed the ball - Del Bosque

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque felt his side's ball retention gave Panama little chance to cause a surprise.

Last Updated: 15/11/12 at 12:02 Post Comment

Vicente del Bosque: We should have scored more goals

Vicente del Bosque: We should have scored more goals

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque felt his side's ball retention gave Panama little chance to cause a surprise in their international friendly on Wednesday night.

Despite leaving senior figures Xavi and Xabi Alonso at home, Spain were rarely tested with Pedro scoring twice to add to strikes from David Villa, Sergio Ramos and Markel Susaeta.

The world and European champions were 3-0 up by half-time after Andres Iniesta had teed up Pedro and Villa to slot home before Pedro produced a classy finish for his fifth goal in his past three internationals.

Ramos then thundered home a wonderful free-kick nine minutes from time and debutant Susaeta completed the scoring for the visitors with an easy finish from Jesus Navas' cut-back.

However, the home fans were given something to cheer three minutes from the end as Gabriel Gomez dinked home a penalty after Cesc Fabregas had tripped Nelson Barahona.

"The balance between order and talent gave us the edge," Del Bosque told a news conference. "We took the game seriously, with a certain level of commitment, and our domination of the ball did not allow them many chances.

"We could have scored more goals in the second half but we made it easy for ourselves."

Spain's Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata was also satisfied with their efforts in hot and humid conditions.

He told reporters: "We played well, it was a good spectacle and we are returning to Spain feeling content.

"They are still in with a chance of qualifying for the World Cup and the weather conditions were not the best for us but we performed well."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his specializing in mediocrity will only stop when Wenger and his entire back room staff are cleared out. Dortmund are everything Arsenal should be; in fact they're everything Arsenal thought they were, until they met this supreme doppelg nger.

dr soccer
The Bitter Taste Of Arsenal Déjà Vu

D

isgusting. Shambolic. Pathetic. Embarassing. Inept. Below par. Painful. Horrible. Sickening. Frustrating. Wasteful. 11 adjectives to describe the 11 professionals on the pitch. I have never been so frustrated. Losing I can handle, but negligence and years of the same mistake is just becoming a joke now. One that isn't even funny anymore.

mootilated
The Bitter Taste Of Arsenal Déjà Vu

T

he worst performance since Wenger took charge. A spineless, gutless cowardly performance. Wenger and the players should hand their weeks wages to the fans. Useless pathetic amateurs.

popularpete,
Wenger bemoans poor display

Footer 365

Premier League: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Dortmund deserved victory

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side were 'average' following their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises side after Ludogorets win

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side's character as they battled to a late 2-1 win over Ludogorets.

Mail Box

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property