Villa double sinks El Salvador

David Villa scored twice and Cesc Fabregas missed a penalty as Spain defeated El Salvador 2-0 in their final World Cup warm-up game.

Last Updated: 08/06/14 at 10:04 Post Comment

David Villa: At the double against El Salvador

David Villa: At the double against El Salvador

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

After a goalless first period in Maryland where Fabregas squandered an early chance from the penalty spot, Villa secured a 2-0 victory for the World Cup holders with his first goal just after the hour mark, before wrapping up the win late on.

Villa headed in from close range from a Sergio Ramos knock-down just after the hour mark. And after Spain squandered several chances to put the result out of sight, Villa sealed the win with a strike from the middle of the penalty area three minutes from the end.

Striker Diego Costa, who was forced off the pitch during the Champions League final between Atletico Madrid and Spanish rivals Real Madrid with a hamstring problem, started the match up front.

It was a boost ahead of the trip to Brazil, and Costa had an immediate impact on the match when he won a penalty for his side in the third minute after being fouled by Derby Carrillo.

Fabregas stepped up and placed the ball on the penalty spot, but the Barcelona midfielder stopped his run and then blasted the spot-kick high over the bar.

Pedro then went close for Spain when Fabregas slotted the ball to the midfielder, but El Salvador goalkeeper Carrillo rushed out to make the save.

Fabregas again tested the El Salvador's defence in the ninth minute with a delicate side-footed shot which was blocked.

Costa had a relatively quiet first period while Andres Iniesta was causing problems in the middle, but the Atletico striker, expected to join Chelsea soon, got in behind the El Salvador defence just before the half-hour mark after a good long ball by Xabi Alonso.

Carrillo made the save but Costa was again on the prowl soon after as his confidence appeared to be growing as the game progressed,.

Despite all of their chances, Spain went into half-time locked at 0-0 with a team 67 places lower than Vicente Del Bosque's top-ranked side.

The Spain coach made several changes for the second half, with Fabregas replaced by David Silva while Iniesta made way for Santi Cazorla and Villa came on for Pedro.

Carrillo denied Villa and Juanfran in the second period but the former eventually made the breakthrough in the 61st minute.

Alonso fired in a deep cross and Ramos beat the El Salvador defence to knock the ball down for Villa, who headed in the opener from close range.

Costa then saw a shot denied by Carrillo and was replaced by Xavi in the 73rd minute before Silva had a shot repelled.

Sergio Busquets struck the bar from 25 yards as Spain went close again but it was Villa who made sure of the result in the 87th minute with a 12-yard strike set up by Silva.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

inners: F365 for not getting so caught up in transfer deadline day, for getting rid of the ridiculous live blog and for having jobs where all they do is talk about football.

man of ire
Transfer Window Winners & Losers...

P

ictorially, this would be represented by a rotund lady, arms folded screaming, ' you been told, stay away from my man'.

mufc phil
United respond on De Gea

T

his should end the myth that only English players are over priced

cookie_monster
United wrap up surprise Martial deal

Footer 365

Barcelona: Messi will stay for life

Lionel Messi will stay at Barcelona for "the rest of his life", according to the club¿s sporting director Robert Fernandez.

Insigne to stay at Napoli for life - Agent

Lorenzo Insigne intends to end his career with Napoli, scuppering hopes Arsene Wenger might have had of bringing the striker to The Emirates.

Gradel out and now Mings gets season KO

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has confirmed that £8million summer signing Tyrone Mings will miss the rest of the season.

Mail Box

Why Aren't Manchester City Criticised More?

Manchester City aren't being criticised enough for their spending. Also, the David De Gea situation is explained in full and we have a running Winners and Losers table.

Wenger Guilty Of The Most Negligent Of Acts

Arsene Wenger comes in for a lot of Danny Welbeck based flak in the Mailbox. We also have a happy Spurs fan, and someone pleading to stop the Van Gaal revisionism.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company