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International friendly: Spain 2 Serbia 0

26 May 2012 20:59

An experimental Spain side began their Euro 2012 preparations with a routine 2-0 victory over Serbia with Adrian Lopez impressing on debut.

After an insipid first half on Saturday, Spain played at a higher tempo in the second period with Adrian opening the scoring in the 64th minute before then winning a penalty for his team nine minutes later.

Santiago Cazorla stepped up to calmly grab Spain's second goal as they held on for a comfortable win.

The reigning world and European champions dominated the first half without a goal, although Xabi Alonso almost scored on 28 minutes.

The Real Madrid man picked the ball up well within his own half before launching it towards goal, with Serbia's goalkeeper sweating as the ball flew just over the bar.

The introduction of Adrian, David Silva, Benat and Alvaro Dominguez at the interval immediately increased Spain's tempo and they looked more dangerous in the final third of the pitch.

In the 62nd minute, Silva's precise pass picked out Adrian, however the Atletico Madrid striker could only scoop his effort harmlessly over the bar.

But Spain only had to wait two minutes to score the first goal.

Jesus Navas controlled Benat's accurate long ball before playing a deft cross into the box for Adrian to head into the net from six yards - the young forward scoring on his senior debut for Spain.

On 73 minutes, a superb run from Adrian saw him run free of Branislav Ivanovic with the Chelsea defender bringing the attacker down in the box for a penalty.

Cazorla fired the spot kick straight down the middle to double his side's advantage and secure the win.

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