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| Wales 1-4 Spain: Luis Enrique's men outclass Ryan Giggs's young side
sbo Spain warmed up for their Nations League clash with England with a silky 4-1 friendly win over Wales, who were without Gareth Bale. This was Ryan Giggs' biggest test of his managerial career but without his Real Madrid superstar - who was missing with a groin problem - they were second best as Paco Alcacer netted twice (8 & 29) while Sergio Ramos (19) and Marc Bartra (74) also headed home.
Sam Vokes (89) scored a late consolation for the hosts, who now have to gather themselves for an important Nations League clash with the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday amid doubts about the fitness of Bale and Ethan Ampadu, who limped off with a knee injury.
Spain boss Luis Enrique has now overseen three impressive victories since taking charge after the World Cup, registering wins over England at Wembley, Croatia and now Wales. sbo It also means Spain have suffered just one defeat in their last 27 matches - and that defeat came on penalties to Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup.
The young Welsh players were in awe of their opponents in the early stages as they stood off and admired the passing talents of the Spanish midfield. It took just seven minutes for Spain to punish their hosts. A ball in from the right was punched clear sbo by Wayne Hennessey but Spain recycled the ball quickly into Alcacer, who made half a yard and curled a fantastic effort into the top corner.
There was little Wales could've done with the first but the second goal was all down to sloppy defending. Giggs' side decided to put four men to in a defensive wall which left them short of numbers in the middle. Suso clipped a free-kick into the middle of the area and Ramos had four yards of space to move into and subsequently find the bottom corner with a precise header.
Two became three before the half-hour mark as the scoreline had the potential to become embarrassing. Joe Allen and Harry Wilson both attacked the same loose ball inside the area and only ended up deflecting it to Alcacer who volleyed home his second goal from 12 yards.