Spain showed their class in the international challenge match against Wales at the Principality Stadium, with Luis Enrique’s team scoring four goals in a dominant display. Sam Vokes did give the home crowd something to cheer however, as he scored a consolation goal in the 89thminute.
Wales 1-4 Spain
INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE MATCH
- Thursday, 11 October 2018
- Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Spain were quick to work against Wales as Paco Alcácer broke the deadlock early on in this fixture. Saúl Ñíguez provided the assist, after Wayne Hennessey’s punch under pressure failed to clear the box. With the Wales goalkeeper off his line, the Spanish striker had a gaping goal to drop the ball into.
Ten minutes later, Chris Gunter was penalised for a foul on Álvaro Morata and it provided Spain with the opportunity to score their second. Suso sent the free kick into the box, where it was met by Spain captain Sergio Ramos. The Real Madrid defender headed unchallenged into the Welsh goal.
Spain were enjoying themselves in Cardiff as Alcácer bagged his brace to make it 3-0 with half hour played, when he pounced to take advantage of the Welsh defence failing to clear the ball to safety. As the ball landed at his feet, the striker was left with an easy finish.
Ethan Ampadu had a great chance of getting a goal back for Wales but the young Chelsea player watched his effort hit the post. Shortly after, he was forced to leave the field through injury and will be a concern for Ryan Giggs ahead of Wales’ UEFA Nations League match against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday (16 October).
Another Spanish goal seemed inevitable and from a Suso corner, Marc Bartra got his head to the ball before anybody else to sneak it inside the far post for 4-0.
Wales ended the match brightly though, with Aaron Ramsey and David Brooks coming close but the 50,232 inside the stadium were able to celebrate a goal after Welsh pressure finally paid off as Vokes netted his 11thgoal in the red of Wales.
Wales will aim to put the disappointment of this defeat behind them as they look to their crucial Nations League match in Dublin on Tuesday.