Spain score last minute winner against Saudis

Spain score last minute winner against Saudis

Innsbruck : Austria | May 29, 2010 at 1:58 PM PDT
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Spain v Saudi Arabia

An injury time winner was required by the 3rd ranked team in the World to overcome Saudi Arabia today.

Much like Portugal midweek, Spain weren't showing their best quality and will need to play much better in the upcoming World Cup if they are to progress to the latter stages as expected.

Saudi Arabia took the lead in theis friendly match in Innsbruck, Austria before David Villa and Xabi Alonso each scored to take the lead but Saudi then equalized in the 74th minute.

One minute into injury time, up stepped Athletic Bilbao striker Llorente to save the day for the European champions. It was a frantic start to the game with a few chances for both sides in the first 15 minutes It was in the 17th minute that Saudi Arabia took the lead Hawsawi headed low into the net from a corner.

New Barcelona striker David Villa was the man to get Espana back on level terms just on the 30 minute mark and it was all one way traffic as Spain peppered the Saudi goal with shots but it took until the 59th minute before the Spanairds broke through and put themselves in front when Real Madrids Alonso struck a low shot that beat the Saudi kepper from 25 yards out.
Spains lead only lasted 15 minutes when substitute Al-Sahlawi collected the ball 18 yards from goal and beat Casilla with a low shot.

The same player then nearly scored from a free kick but it screamed over the bar and in the 83rd minute, Llorente who replaced Villa in the 70th minute, hit a shot wide from the 18 yard line as Spain looked to finish the game off.

It looked to be heading for a stalemate until substitute Llorente headed in from a perfect Alonso corner. Relief all round for the Europeans as a draw would not have been a disastor but would have been embarassing for them.

Viva Espana!

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