There was no upset in Vaduz tonight as World, European and UFWC champions Spain cruised past Liechtenstein with a comfortable 4-0 win. It wasn’t quite the goal fest that some had predicted, but the Spanish were never anything less than in complete control.
Spain coach Vincente del Bosque named a very strong side, with Fernando Torres and David Villa starting up front. And it was Torres who opened the scoring on 17 minutes, sweeping home a right-foot shot after a pass from Xavi. Strike partner Villa made it two on 26 minutes, but, although Spain were completely dominant, there were no further goals in the first half.
The second period, though, saw Spain continue to dominate, and Torres added a third goal on 55 minutes. The Liverpool striker was substituted moments later, and his replacement David Silva made a swift impact, scoring just after the hour mark.
Spain remained in complete control, but Liechtenstein managed to keep them at bay for the remaining 30 minutes, and the game finished 4-0.
The next UFWC title match is on Tuesday, when Spain travel to Buenos Aires to play the mighty Argentina. The friendly match is being played to celebrate 200 years of Argentina’s May Revolution. For UK viewers, the match is being screened live on ITV4.
The Argentinians are third in the all-time UFWC rankings, but they haven’t held the title since 1998. They’re still without a manager following the departure of Diego Maradona, but, especially at home, they’re likely to provide tough opposition. Can they take the title from Spain? Keep it here to find out.