By DAN KARELL
Spain’s next generation showed on Monday that that there’s plenty of promise ahead.
Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque gave three youngsters their competitive Spain debut’s as Spain obliterated Macedonia, 5-1, at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia.
Following a cheeky 15th minute penalty kick goal scored by Sergio Ramos, one of the youngsters, Paco Alcacer, added Spain’s second two minutes later with a close range finish into an empty net.
Alcacer set up Sergio Busquet’s first goal for Spain in first half stoppage time and both David Silva and Pedro added second half strikes to put the game away. Agim Ibraimi’s 28th minute penalty kick goal was the only positive for Macedonia, who couldn’t stand up to Spain all evening.
In the second half, Del Bosque brought on Barcelona products Marc Bartra and Munir El Haddadi for their competitive debuts, with El Haddadi only debuting for Barcelona last month and the Spain Under-21s last week.
Here’s a closer look at the rest of Monday’s international action:
WELBECK BRACE SEES ENGLAND DEFEAT SWITZERLAND
When Danny Welbeck joins Arsenal training for the first time on Wednesday, he’ll be extremely high on confidence.
The new Arsenal signing scored a pair of second half goals to propel England past Switzerland, 2-0, at St. Jakob Park in Basel.
Playing at home, the Swiss squad came out ready to take the game at England. Midfielders Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, and Gokhan Inler combined well in the attacking areas and created a number of chances, though England goalkeeper Joe Hart was up to the task. Hart made five saves, and even though England conceded the possession battle, they were able to use their speed to on the break to earn all three points.
In the 58th minute, Wayne Rooney grabbed a turnover on the halfway line and raced forward, with Raheem Sterling to his left and Welbeck to his right. In the three-on-two counter attacking situation, Rooney played Sterling forward and the Liverpool playmaker crossed towards an open Welbeck at the far post, who finished easily.
Welbeck added his second in stoppage time, with Switzerland pushing everyone forward looking for an equalizer. Sterling picked out substitute Rickie Lambert in space forward, and Lambert laid off a pass into the path of Welbeck, who took a touch and finished around goalkeeper Yann Sommer to secure all three points.
UKRAINE SUFFER SHOCK LOSS AT HOME
Ukraine’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign has gotten off to a disappointing start.
The Euro 2012 co-hosts fell, 1-0, in Kiev to Slovakia, with Robert Mak’s 17th minute goal proving to be the difference. The match was controversial, as Ukraine seemed to tie the match in the final seconds of stoppage time off a goal from goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, but the play was ruled back because of a foul.
EURO 2016 QUALIFYING
Russia 4-0 Liechtenstein
Luxembourg 1-1 Belarus
Spain 5-1 Macedonia
Ukraine 0-1 Slovakia
Estonia 1-0 Slovenia
San Marino 0-2 Lithuania
Switzerland 0-2 England
Austria 1-1 Sweden
Montenegro 2-0 Moldova
Saudi Arabia 2-3 Australia
South Korea 0-1 Uruguay
Uzbekistan 3-1 New Zealand
What did you think of these results? What did you think of Spain’s dominating performance? Impressed with England’s road win? Which results surprised you?
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