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World Cup 2018

Ricardo Rodriguez equalises for Switzerland
AC Milan left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, scored only his fourth goal for Switzerland on his 51st international appearance

Spain were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in the first of their two warm-up games for the World Cup.

The Spanish, who thrashed Argentina 6-1 in March, had threatened to win at a canter when Alvaro Odriozola's 20-yard volley put them ahead in Villarreal.

But the Swiss, who were second best for long periods, capitalised on a mistake by Spain keeper David de Gea, Ricardo Rodriguez tapping in an equaliser.

Spain play Tunisia on Saturday, while Switzerland take on Japan on Friday.

Despite fielding an experimental line-up, without any of the Real Madrid players that won the Champions League final just over a week ago, Spain remain unbeaten under head coach Julen Lopetegui.

The 51-year-old who replaced Vicente del Bosque in 2016, has won 13 and drawn six of his 19 games in charge, to retain the longest current unbeaten streak in international football.

Experience counts

Eight years ago Switzerland sprung a surprise by defeating Spain in Durban during the opening game of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

And this match followed a similar script. Spain dominated possession and chances but ultimately were denied the victory that their performance merited.

Fielding three of the survivors of the squad that recovered to win their next six matches to become World Champions for the first time, the Spanish rapidly took control.

Two of that trio, Andres Iniesta and David Silva orchestrated the play and Thiago Alcantara and Silva both spurned chances to score before Odriozola's goal.

While the substitutions of Silva and Iniesta - around the hour mark - loosened Spain's grip on the game, they were close to mustering a late winning goal with Nacho Fernandez hitting the post and heading wide.

The Spanish now tackle England's Group G opponents Tunisia on 9 June in Krasnodar, their base for the finals this summer.

Lopetegui's side begin the tournament against Portugal on 15 June - the first time the nations will have met since the Euro 2012 semi-final, which Spain won on penalties.

The 2010 winners then play Iran on 20 June before completing their Group B schedule against Morocco on 25 June.

Switzerland remain rank outsiders

For most of this encounter it was all about containment for Switzerland who rarely had the ball for long enough to trouble Spain.

However, they remain obdurate opponents with goalkeeper Yann Sommer's fine display typifying a defiant defensive effort.

Switzerland now face fellow finalists Japan in Lugano on Friday in readiness for their opening Group E fixture against Brazil on 17 June.

The Swiss, sixth in Fifa's world rankings but 100/1 outsiders to lift the World Cup, will then take on Serbia on 22 June and Costa Rica on 27 June.

Line-ups

Spain

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1De Gea
  • 12OdriozolaSubstituted forNachoat 70'minutes
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Azpilicueta
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forMonrealat 78'minutes
  • 8Koke
  • 10Thiago Alcántara
  • 17Iago AspasSubstituted forVázquezat 45'minutes
  • 6IniestaSubstituted forSaúlat 55'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forAsensioat 60'minutes
  • 19Diego CostaSubstituted forRodrigoat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Nacho
  • 7Saúl
  • 9Rodrigo
  • 11Vázquez
  • 13Arrizabalaga
  • 16Monreal
  • 20Asensio
  • 23Reina
  • 24Vallejo
  • 25Rodri
  • 26Álvarez

Switzerland

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sommer
  • 2LichtsteinerSubstituted forLangat 63'minutes
  • 22SchärSubstituted forDjourouat 45'minutes
  • 5Akanji
  • 13RodríguezSubstituted forMoubandjeat 78'minutes
  • 11BehramiSubstituted forFernandesat 63'minutes
  • 17Zakaria
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 15DzemailiSubstituted forEmboloat 45'minutes
  • 14ZuberBooked at 89mins
  • 9SeferovicSubstituted forDrmicat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Moubandje
  • 4Elvedi
  • 6Lang
  • 7Embolo
  • 8Freuler
  • 12Mvogo
  • 16Fernandes
  • 18Gavranovic
  • 19Drmic
  • 20Djourou
  • 21Bürki
  • 26Fernandes
Referee:
Istvan Kovacs
Attendance:
18,350

Match Stats

Home TeamSpainAway TeamSwitzerland
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Spain 1, Switzerland 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Spain 1, Switzerland 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Switzerland. Josip Drmic tries a through ball, but François Moubandje is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Nacho Monreal (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Breel Embolo (Switzerland).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nacho (Spain) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Koke with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Spain. Conceded by Johan Djourou.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rodrigo Moreno (Spain) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Nacho (Spain) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez following a set piece situation.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marco Asensio (Spain) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

  11. Booking

    Steven Zuber (Switzerland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Koke (Spain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Steven Zuber (Switzerland).

  14. Post update

    Thiago Alcántara (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Josip Drmic (Switzerland).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Thiago Alcántara (Spain) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nacho Monreal with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rodrigo Moreno (Spain) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Switzerland. François Moubandje replaces Ricardo Rodríguez.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Nacho Monreal replaces Jordi Alba.

  20. Post update

    Jordi Alba (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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