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SPAIN WINS FRIENDLY OVER ARGENTINA

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Spain's coach Luis Aragones was relieved to see his striker David Villa's penalty goal when home Spain beat Argentina at Estadio La Nueva Condomina of Murcia, FIFA International Friendly.

Spain, who had lost two straight games of Euro 08 qualifying round against Northern Ireland and Sweden, both away games, started to dominate the game before midfielder Andres Iniesta tried to make chances from the leftside. The Barcelona player found his team fellow Xavi Hernandez's opening middle shot and was fouled by Argentine to hand Villa to the winnning goal.

Argentina, who lost the first game for new coach Alfio Basile against Brazil at London last month, had groped where the coach wanted to go because of Juan Roman Riquelme's retirement of the national squad. Basile then may have summoned the players he knew and watched in his mother country such as Federico Insua, Daniel Bilos, Leandro Somoza and Sergio Aguero. They all were the first apperance in European club this season. But they will need time to fit to the national team and of course his clubteam.

Nothing to worry about. It is a point still more for FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.

match result:

FIFA International Friendly
at Murcia, Spain (11 Oct)

Argentina 1-2 Spain
(0-1)32' XAVI
(1-1)34' BILOS
(1-2)63' VILLA(p)

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