SPAIN played tonight in  St. Petersburg RUSSIA in an International Friendly match which finished in a 3 - 3 draw result. Different match to last Saturdays Costa Rica friendly with more experiments, a more enthusiastic opponent & suffered encounter, especially towards the end of the game. A good sparring experience that should keep the Spanish Football Team humble enough with their upcoming World Cup 2018 planification. 

Russia - Spain Friendly match

SPAIN started well & looked strong with their usual good Football style. They scored early in the 8th min & was 0 - 2 up by the 35th min. However, Russia begin to find their place & exploited the Spanish midfield & defensive errors. Smolov managed Russia´s first before half time.

International Friendly Soccer match 2017

The second half saw how both teams did some chances & tested out players which broke up the tactical scheme, this allowed spaces & goal opportunities for both teams. Russia equalized but Spain scored another to put them back ahead, to later see Russia again equalize. Russia managed the upper hand late in the match & nearly converted a late opportunity which was stopped by Spanish goalie De Gea. 

Tonight´s goals & goalscoreres:
  • Jordi Alba 8th min, 0 - 1
  • Sergio Ramos 35th min, 0 - 2
  • Smolov 40th min, 1 - 2
  • Miranchuk 50th min, 2 - 2
  • Sergio Ramos 52nd min, 2 - 3
  • Smolov 69th min, 3 - 3
Spain starting 11:
De Gea, Nacho, Piqué, Ramos, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Thiago, Iniesta, Suso, Asensio & Rodrigo.
Later changes:
Vitolo, Saul, Callejon, Moreno, Illaramendi & Silva.


SPAIN played COSTA RICA tonight in a Friendly International in the Spanish city of Malaga. The final result was 5 - 0 victory for the local side. Total domination by Spain which experienced just a couple of chances to the visitors which failed to convert their limited goal opportunities. 

The starting 11 team for Spain was:

Spanish Football Team

In the second half Spanish players Batra, Nacho, Asensio, Aspas, Saul & Luis Alberto got a run. Good warm up match for Spain as they begin planning for next years World Cup finals in Russia.


The names to highlight was DAVID SILVIA who put in a blinder with two goals & ISCO who was magical until taken off mid second half after a hard tackle from WASTON. The Real Madrid player will undergo medical checks but it looks like a knock at this stage & may be able to play next weekend clash against Atletico de Madrid.

The goalscorers tonight were:

  • Jordi Alba 6th min , 1 - 0
  • Alvaro Morata 22nd min, 2 - 0
  • David Silva 51 st min, 3 -0
  • David Silva 55th min, 4 - 0
  • Andres Iniesta 73rd min, 5 - 0
Spain will continue with their International preparation games next Tuesday when they travel to St Petersburg to play Russia.


Spanish Football Team Selector & Coach Julen Lopetegui hand in today his list of players for the upcoming Football Internationals against Costa Rica & Russia.

Spanish Football Team

Full list of Spanish Internationals:
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao), Pepe Reina (Napoli/ITA), David de Gea (ENG/Manchester United).

Defenders: Álvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona), Nacho Fernandez, Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marc Bartra (Borussia Dortmund), Alberto Moreno (Liverpool/ENG).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona), Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad), Saúl Ñíguez (Atletico de Madrid), Thiago Alcántara (Bayern Múnich/GER), Luis Alberto Romero (Lazio/ITA), David Silva (Manchester City/ENG), Marco Asensio & Isco Alarcón (Real Madrid)

Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea/ENG), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Iago Aspas (Celta), Jesus Joaquín Fernández "Suso" (Milán/ITA), Víctor Machín "Vitolo" (UD Las Palmas), Jose Callejón (Napoli).


Champions League matches continued tonight with the two remaining Spanish Football Clubs scheduled for their Group matches. Here are the final results & goalscorers from both matches.

Tottenham - Real Madrid 2017

TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS defeated REAL MADRID 3 - 1 in Wembley to virtually assure their place in the next stage of the Champions League grabbing top Group spot & opening a 3 point gap with Real Madrid. Real Madrid´s participation in Champions League is not in danger but the Spanish team has entered into a "spiral" of bad play that continues from Liga. The Spaniards may be unhappy with the first Tottenham goal which was offside but the English team was tactically superior & when given space was more efficient with their opportunities at goal.

Real Madrid made plenty of mistakes & looked at times lacking ideas to break a well positioned & more fresh Tottenham. The name tonight that shined was Tottenham youngster DELE ALLI who was quick both with feet & mind & gave the Real Madrid defenders problems, along with some late rough play on Ramos which should have seen a red card. 

  • Dele Alli 27th min , 1 - 0
  • Dele Alli 56th min, 2 - 0
  • Erikson 65th min, 3 - 0
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 80th min, 3 - 1
Congratulations to Tottenham well played & won, while Real Madrid enters a "down period" which are not unusual for big teams during the season. Sure Real Madrid will get back soon. 

Prediction: When Zidane´s time as Coach finishes ( this will come at some stage ) his replacement at Real Madrid will be current Tottenham Coach Mauricio Pochettino...

Champions League 2017

SEVILLA FC defeated SPARTAK MOSCOW 2 - 1 in their Group match to keep the Spanish Football flag flying positively compared to the other Spanish Club representatives. Sevilla controlled the match relatively well during the entire game with the Russian being compensated for their efforts with a late goal after putting pressure on Sevilla in the later part. 

  • Lenglet 30th min, 1 - 0
  • Benega 60th min, 2 - 0
  • Ze Luis 77th min, 3 - 0


Champions League Football tonight with two Spanish Football Clubs down for Group games. Here are brief round-ups of the matches, along with final results & goalscorers.

Olympikos - FC Barcelona

FC BARCELONA travelled to Athens to play OLYMPIAKOS. The final result was a 0 - 0 draw. Excellent game from the Greeks which put Barça on the back foot with inteligente defending & dangerous counter-attacks. 

Perhaps Barça did not put the intensity needed as they have the Group covered & next stage qualification assured. Said this Barça did attempt to score & they came close on various occasions hit the post & shaving the goal. However, the Greeks held firm & will be proud with the performance. 

At Madrid - Qarabag

Disaster for ATLETICO DE MADRID which could not find the needed victory against QARABAG. The final result of a 1 - 1 draw puts the future of Atletico de Madrid continuing in Champions League very dark & bleak. So bad was the night for the Spaniards that they finished with 10 men after defender Savic was sent off in the second half.

It´s obvious, as seen also in La Liga, that Atletico is going through a terrible patch in form & with their Football. There is a lack of goal finishing & some would add that Coach Simeone is too conservative in his tactics: more defensive than attacking.

Either way, this result is the nightmare the Club wanted to avoid as not being able to progress in Champions League means the loss of millions & millions of euros & prestige. Now Atletico has to defeat, & well, their following opponents which are Chelsea FC & AC Roma. No easy feat at all.

Michel 40th min , 0 - 1

Tomas 56th min, 1 - 1

Tomorrow Champions League continues with Real Madrid & Sevilla FC down for Group games.

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