Mario inspires Spain to 2-0 victory over England

Alicante (Spain), Nov 14 (IANS) Mario Gaspar’s wonder goal inspired Spain to a 2-0 victory over England in an international friendly match.

The back five picked themselves, starting with Iker Casillas, Mario Gaspar and Jordi Alba at full-back and Barcelona teammates Marc Bartra and Gerard Pique partnering each other in central defence following Sergio Ramos’ shoulder injury.

However, it was in midfield where the selections came under scrutiny on social media as Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta took up the wide berths, while a two-man strike force saw Paco Alcacer and Diego Costa paired together.

England, meanwhile, were without captain Wayne Rooney and reported Real Madrid target Jamie Vardy but still went with a team boasting the likes of Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane in attack.

Spain’s opener came from right-back Mario, who marked his second goal in as many international appearances with a spectacular scissor kick from the edge of the box in the 72nd minute, which looped over goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Spain then clinched the win with another fine finish, when Fabregas beat Phil Jones to a header, allowing Nolito to lay off Santi Cazorla for a perfectly-executed finish 12 minutes later, stroking the ball past the English custodian at pace.

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