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29.05.2010 20:24

Villa scores and Pedro makes his debut (3-2)

Marc Guillén

Seven of Barca’s eight Spanish players featured in Vicente del Bosque’s team’s 3-2 win over UAE, with Iniesta setting up his new club colleague Villa for a goal and Pedro making his debut.

With only six changes allowed for each team, Victor Valdes was the only Barca player not to figure in the game.

Great goal from Villa

villa_celebracion_1.jpgBarca’s latest signing played as a lone striker and hit it off well with Andres Iniesta who played a series of lovely one twos with Villa before setting up a beautiful goal that will have got the Barca fans longing to see the two playing off each other in the Nou Camp next season. Xavi Hernández started the move opening up the play out left for Iniesta to cross and Villa to head home.

Six Barca starters

Vicente del Bosque sent a strong starting 11 out with six Barca players: Pique and Puyol at centre backs, Busquets and Xavi in the middle, Iniesta out wide on the left and Villa on his own up front. Iniesta and Puyol played for an hour, Villa for 10 minutes more and Xavi, Busquets and Pique played the full 90 minutes.

Pedro makes his debut

With the changes on the hour, Pedro came on for his first game and playing out left he put in his typical hard working and skilful performance, though he had no chances on goal..

Brilliant Iniesta and Xavi key

Andrés Iniesta impressed throughout and showed himself to be fully recovered from his recent injury, whilst the free ranging Xavi was again at the heart of most of the team’s attacking moves.

Barca style of play

Spain played as they did in the 2008 European Championships, very much in the Barca style, with two wide men and three midfielders who were continually interchanging positions.
Villa scores and Pedro makes his debut (3-2)
Narrow win
Spain’s first pre-tournament friendly proved somewhat tougher than expected. With the visitors going ahead on 16 minutes through Hawsawi after Casilas had misjudged a cross. Villa scored his equaliser on the half hour and when Xabi Alonso made it two on 59 minutes with a shot from outside the box, Spain seemed to be cruising, but a lucky goal from Al Numare on 73 minutes brought the teams level again. Spain laid siege to the visitors’ area and finally got their reward with an injury time strike from the debutant Fernando Llorente.

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