Spain 3-1 Uruguay: Pedro Scores Two, Spain Beat Uruguay
Spain 3-1 Uruguay (full time result)
International Football Friendly Match
Cesc Fabregas (ESP) 15', Cristian Rodriguez (URU) 30', Pedro (ESP) 52', Pedro (ESP) 73'.
Spain: Valdés; Azpilicueta, Ramos, Puyol, Alba; Cazorla, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Mata, Cesc.
Uruguay: Muslera, Pereira, Lugano, Godín, Cáceres, González, Pérez, Lodeiro, Rodríguez, Cavani, Suarez.
An interesting and entertaining friendly match comes to an end then, with Spain once again having managed to show their superiority over a team. Uruguay matched their opponents for team work and endeavour in the first half, and actually created as many good chances as Spain.
In the end though it was plenty of options on the bench which allowed Spain to switch things around and bring in more quality—Uruguay didn't have that on the bench.
That's the end of the live text tonight, so thanks very much for joining me. Make sure you stick around for plenty of reaction from this game on the website and I'll see you over the weekend for more live action!
Full time result:
Spain 3 (Cesc, Pedro 2)
Uruguay 1 (Rodriguez)
Spain 3 Uruguay 1
90+3'—Final 60 seconds of the game here in Qatar. It's been a fairly routine second half for Spain in the end after Pedro's brace gave them breathing space over Uruguay.
90+1'—Worth pointing out we have the all-time record goalscorers from each nation on the pitch now. Villa for Spain has 53, and Forlan for Uruguay has 33.
90'—David Villa cuts in from the left, plays a one-two off the defender and drills a shot in at the near post which Muslera has to beat around the post.
Four minutes to be added on.
89'—Last minute of the game. Both teams more or less going through the motions now. Perhaps there will be one more chance created...but Negredo blasts over from about 30 yards out.
87'—Negredo steps on the heel of Lugano and Spain are awarded the free kick as the defender's boot came off—Ramos gets his head to the free kick but it's well over the bar.
85'—Suarez is played in on goal but the flag for offside goes up very early—he wasn't though, and Spain escape.
84'—Time ticking down and Spain maintaining possession once more. Isco looking tricky, and with two natural forwards ahead of him now you wouldn't rule out any late chances being created.
82'—Gargano wins the ball in midfield and strikes at goal, looking to create a big finish, but his shot rolls woefully wide.
80'—Some of the pace of the game has gone now after that third goal, which looks to have made things comfortable for Spain. Uruguay are committing players forward still, but not really creating anything with any conviction.
79'—Uruguay sub: Gonzalez off, Matias Aguirregaray on. Gonzalez took an accidental knee to the face moments ago from Sergio Ramos.
Spain sub (can't they make them at the same time?!): Nacho Monreal on for Jordi Alba.
Lovely goal which should end the game as a tie. Villa passes to Cesc on the left edge of the box and the Barcelona playmaker checks back before lifting a cross right onto Pedro's toe, who touches the ball into the far corner.
It's his last action as he is subsituted.
Uruguay sub: Lodeiro off, Walter Gargano on
Spain sub: Pedro off, Alvaro Negredo on.
Spain 3 Uruguay 1
Pedro, 73 mins
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72'—We're inside the final 20 minutes of the game and Spain lead 2-1. Suarez tries to make ground for his team inside the penalty box but there are constantly two or three defenders in close attendance to the Liverpool forward.
71'—Two holding midfielders now in place for Spain, to presumably allow Isco more freedom as the attacking midfielder.
Uruguay sub: Diego Forlan on for Cavani
Spain sub: Mario Suarez on for Santi Cazorla
68'—Pedro finds Isco on the edge of the box and he shoots low, but it's quickly blocked and cleared. Azpilicueta commits a foul to stop Uruguay breaking.
Uruguay sub: Rodriguez off, Gonzalo Castro on.
Castro plays his football in Spain with Real Sociedad.
67'—Cavani heads a cross back across the six yard box to Suarez, but he's crowded out by three defenders and the ball bobbles back to Valdes.
65'—Suarez continues to look Uruguay's most dangerous player. He twists and turns now in the area and crosses low, but no teammate anticipates it and Valdes clears.
Uruguay sub: Diego Perez off, Egidio Arevalo on.
64'—Plenty of possession again now for Spain who have settled themselves after re-taking the lead. Lodeiro quickly tries to play a through ball, but it's nowhere near either of his team's forwards.
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