Saturday, 5 September 2015

Champions of Europe in 2008 and 2012 Spain moved a step closer to qualification for Euro 2016



Spain moved a step closer to qualification for Euro 2016 and the chance to win a third successive continental competition by beating Slovakia 2-0 on Saturday night. Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta scored the goals as Vicente del Bosque's side leapfrogged their opponents at the top of Group C, with La Roja leading the pool with 18 points, Slovakia behind on goal difference and Ukraine three adrift with three games remaining. Champions of Europe in 2008 and 2012, Spain remain on course to defend their title in France next summer after an impressive victory in Oviedo and here, Goal looks at five talking points from their win at the Estadio Carlos Tartiere...



Iker Casillas won his 163rd cap for Spain and it was his 100th match as captain, but his first appearance for the national side since leaving Real Madrid earlier this summer. Now a Porto player, question marks had been raised over whether Casillas was finished as a top-level goalkeeper but Del Bosque has kept the faith. With David de Gea yet to make a club appearance at the start of the 2015-16 seasons, the former Madrid goalkeeper is the logical choice to start for Spain and he didn't let La Roja down on Saturday. Casillas will be given tougher tests than this, but the 34-year-old looked relaxed and made one good save from Marek Hamsik which was rewarded with chants of "Iker, Iker" from the crowd in Asturias. It may not be the most popular choice, but he is still going strong and, for now, Casillas remains Spain's No.1 goalkeeper. De Gea will have to wait.

Henry J Williams

Author & Editor

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