MATCH REPORT | Spain stuns Belgium in friendly prior to EURO (7-0)

San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia) 30 Jun 2017
Antonio D. Muñoz
Eidan Rubio
The Spanish side led by Jorge Vilda has beaten Belgium in Murcia

The Spanish squad understood the importance of the last friendly prior to the EURO and, even more so, against a rival that beat Scotland 5-0.  This is why Jorge Vilda’s side went the win against Belgium.

From an attack combo after a cross from the right, the first goal for Spain came about thanks to a quality shot by Alexia Putellas to the second post. It was the first of many chances, with Putellas and Caldentey trying their luck. The Belgians first clear chance came from a header, too high, which went over Paños’ goal.

Spain’s ball possession was the best antidote to prevent their opponent from getting close to the area. Holding up in defense, the Belgian side did not allow for Spain to flow swiftly.

In fact, as son as our footballers managed to join a few actions a play by Amanda Sampedro and Mariona Caldentey, who crossed a high ball for Vicky Losada to header it and score Spain’s second goal. Once again, moments before halftime Alexa Putellas got away and scored her second goal of the night, the third for Spain. 

After half time, Spain did not give up its efforts to find the rivals' goal, despite having ample advantage on the scoreboard. Our footballers played in zone and in a personal performance by Mariona Caldentey, who with a left-footed shot scored the fourth for Spain. 

Jorge Vilda movió el banquillo para dar entrada a jugadoras de refresco que contribuyeron a mantener el ritmo y la intensidad de la presión sobre la salida del rival. Las belgas apenas cruzaban con fluidez el centro del campo. Por contra, España llegaba por bandas con ocasiones. De una gran internada de Marta Torrejón, en el día en que entraba en la historia, salió un centro que a punto estuvo Losada de convertir en el quinto de España.

Jorge Vilda opted to move players around and Marta Torrejón, who reached a milestone with 73 international caps, was subbed out. In the final stretches the team gave their all with Amanda Sampedro scoring the fifth outside the area, followed by Olga García who with a "house style" action, slaloming opponents, scored the sixth. With only two minutes on the clock, pressure was still intense and Spain did not give up their chances with Mari Paz Vilas scoring the seventh. The icing on the cake for Spain, who will spend the following two weeks working ahead of traveling to the Netherlands. 

Line-up: Sandra Paños, Marta Torrejón (75' Marta Corredera), Irene Paredes, Andrea Pereira, Amanda Sampedro, Jenni Hermoso (59' Mari Paz Vilas), Alexia Putellas (59' Barbara Latorre), Vicky Losada, Silvia Meseguer (59' Virginia Torrecilla), Leila Ouahabi, Mariona Caldentey (75' Olga García).

Head Coach: Jorge Vilda
Line-up: J. Odeurs, Heleen Jaques, Maud Coutereels, Tine De Caigny (46' Philtejens, 77' Coryn), Elke  Van Gorp (67' Daniels), Tessa Wullaert, Aline Zeler, Janice Cayman, Imke Courtois (46' Onzia), Julie Biesmans, Flien Van Wynendaele (46' Van Den Abeele).

Head Coach: Yves Serneels
1-0 | min. 4 | Alexia Putellas
2-0 | min. 31 | Vicky Losada
3-0 | min. 45 | Alexia Putellas
4-0 | min. 55 | Mariona Caldentey
5-0 | min. 80 | Amanda Sampedro
6-0 | min. 82 | Olga García
7-0 | min. 88 | Mari Paz Vilas
María Dolores Martínez Madrona, Guadalupe Porras Ayuso, Silvia Fernández Pérez and Marta Huerta de Aza.
Internatioanl friendly
Pinatar Arena (San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia)
The president of the RFEF Women's Football Committee, Vicente Temprado, together with the president of the Football Federation President of the Region of Murcia, José Miguel Monje.