This is quickly becoming a highly interesting Euro 2012 campaign for Spain. Carles Puyol and David Villa have been ruled out, leaving vacancies in the defense and attack. La Roja just had its first pre-Euro 2012 friendly versus Serbia—and Vicente del Bosque fielded a very different starting XI, in the absence of the Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao players (Barcelona, by the way, routed Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final—a fitting end to Pep Guardiola’s run as manager). As expected, the European and World Champions routed Serbia 2-0.
If anything, the new guys stepped up and made a case for themselves to be included in the final line-up for Euro 2012. Spain’s goals came from Adrian and a penalty conversion of Santi Cazorla (wherein Adrian also figured). I thought Juanfran Torres and Alvaro Negredo also worked to show why they should be included in the line-up.
In other news, heavy favorites Netherlands and Germany suffered pre-Euro 2012 defeats in their own friendlies.