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Rijkaard: Spain the best I´ve ever seen

8 September 2012 15:00

Saudi Arabia coach Frank Rijkaard has voiced his admiration for Spain in the wake of his side's 5-0 loss to the world champions on Friday.

Goals from Santi Cazorla and Pedro put the hosts two goals up at half-time, before Xavi, David Villa and a second fine finish from Pedro made it five after the break.

Rijkaard, who was in charge at Barcelona from 2003 to 2008, had nothing but praise for Spain's performance.

"This Spanish team has been impressing the entire footballing world. I have never seen a national team play as well as Spain," the Dutchman told reporters.

"Xavi and (Andres) Iniesta are among the best players in the world. They can be decisive in any team they play for.

"Spain deservedly beat us. They created so many chances. We already knew it would be very difficult, though. We locked horns with the best team in the world and this is a correct result."

Spain will be looking to start their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign on a high on Tuesday when they take on Georgia.

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Spain

W L L W W

5 - 0

Competition
Friendlies
Date
7 September 2012
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
5 - 0

Goals

Cazorla 22'  
1 - 0
Pedro 28'
(assist by Cazorla) 
2 - 0
Xavi 47'  
3 - 0
David Villa (PG) 63'  
4 - 0
Pedro 73'
(assist by David Silva) 
5 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

Monday 28 July

12:35
11:56
11:36
11:05
10:48
10:28
09:44
08:53
08:30
07:51
07:48
07:21
06:48
06:30
05:48
05:47
05:31
04:23
04:19
03:59
03:04
02:59
02:15
02:07
00:30
00:20

Sunday 27 July

23:32
23:02
22:13
21:34
20:35
19:47
19:35
19:16
19:04
18:11
16:39
16:31
16:19
16:11
15:20
15:16
14:46
14:27
13:10
12:40
12:25
12:06
11:42
11:22
11:04
10:47
10:34
10:09
09:43
07:14
06:31
06:11
05:03
05:00
04:57
04:07
03:05
02:30
02:29
01:10
00:16
00:10

Saturday 26 July

23:25
22:19
21:14
21:08
20:47
19:44
18:57
18:43
18:32
18:21
18:06
17:40
17:25
16:36
15:16
15:09
14:38
14:22
14:13
13:48
13:26
12:59
12:41
11:24
11:13
10:43
10:36
09:45
09:18
08:58
07:26
06:50
06:41
06:21
05:33
04:55
04:16
03:45
03:19
03:16
02:14
01:50
01:10
00:46

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