Silva brace gives Spain 2-0 win in Belgium

Brussels, Sept. 2,
(GNA/dpa) – Julen Lopetegui made a good start as coach of Spain Thursday with
an authoritative 2-0 win in Brussels, in a fascinating international friendly.

“This was a
very encouraging start,” Lopetegui said.

“I am very
pleased with the way the boys played tonight … This was exactly what I had
hoped for.”

David Silva was
Spain’s hero with a handsome brace, the second goal coming from a disputed
penalty.

Lopetegui has just
taken over the Spain bench from Vicente del Bosque, who stepped down after La
Roja flopped at Euro 2016.

Belgium did poorly
at the Euros, too, leading to Spaniard Roberto Martinez – who endured a
disappointing debut – taking over from the unpopular Marc Wilmots.

“I am not too
upset at this. There are things that we might need to correct, but I also saw
some positive things tonight,” Martinez said.

The game was
originally scheduled for November 17, 2015, but was postponed in the aftermath
of the terrorist attacks in Paris four days earlier.

Spain dominated
from start to finish in Brussels, enjoying 62-per-cent possession and hardly
permitting the hosts to carve out a single clear goal chance.

The visitors went
ahead in the 34th minute through Silva’s sweet left foot after a
clever move down the right between Dani Carvajal, Vitolo and Diego Costa.

The one-way traffic
continued into the second half, and Belgium’s keeper did well to keep out a low
drive from Costa, who was not included in Spain’s Euro squad.

In the 62nd
minute the lively Vitolo was pulled down by Jordan Lukaku, and Silva calmly
made it 2-0 from the spot.

The only flat note
for Spain was a muscle injury suffered by striker Alvaro Morata, who will
probably miss the start of the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup on
Monday in Liechtenstein.

Meanwhile, Belgium
will start their qualifying campaign in Cyprus on Tuesday.

GNA

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