Ecuador vs Spain Friendly 2013
Ecuador vs Spain Preview:
Date: August 14, 2013;
Time: 9:00 PM BST;
Venue: Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo — Guayaquil.
La Roja’s head coach will test next generation of Spanish talents as Isco, Thiago, Koke and Inigo Martinez are all included in the squad. On the other side experienced Xavi, Juan Mata and Gerard Pique will miss out for World and Europe champions. Ecuador star Antonio Valencia is unavailable for Reinaldo Rueda’s team.
Ecuador comes to this friendly match without a win in their last three fixtures. Probably they will use the same squad which has drawn 1-1 in their world cup qualifying match with Argentina in June. Off course the absence of their biggest star Antonio Valencia is a huge loss for them. At the same time the opposite head coach Del Bosque could give chance to his young talents. The Spanish U-21 generation was astonishing at Euro-U21 this summer.
Ecuador has 2 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw from their last five games. After they have lost 2-5 to Germany in friendly game in May, they have played a 1-1 draw with Argentina in WC Qualification and currently remain in third position in the South America WC qualifying group. Ecuador leader Antonio Valencia has some problems, so Reinaldo Rueda should not risk him in friendly fixture. The Manchester United winger is exposed to injury.
Spain is still a very powerful team, despite the loss at the Confederations Cup final against Brazil. Del Bosque’s team lost their last match 3-0. The WC home side ended Spanish 23-game unbeaten run. Last five games La Roja finished with 4 wins and 1 defeat. Head coach Vicente Del Bosque has left out his leaders Xavi, Mata, Pique, Torres, Busquets and Alonso. Fabregas is injured. So Isco, Koke, Thiago, Azpilicueta, Tello and Inigo Martinez could feature in this game.
The last time the two sides met Spain won 4-0 and Fernando Morientes made a hat-trick.
Ecuador last three matches:
Ecuador 1 – Argentina 1;
Peru 1 – Ecuador 0;
Ecuador 2 – Germany 4.
Spain last three matches:
Brazil 3 – Spain 0;
Spain 0 – Italy 0;
Nigeria 0 – Spain 3.