Spain smash Panama and Susaeta scores on debut

Pedro bagged a brace as and Susaeta scored on his international debut as Spain cruised to a 5-1 victory over Central American nation Panama
Pedro bagged a brace as and Susaeta scored on his international debut as Spain cruised to a 5-1 victory over Central American nation Panama

Spain breezed to a 5-1 victory over Panama courtesy of a brace from Pedro, strikes from David Villa and Sergio Ramos, as well as a debut goal for Markel Susaeta.

The World Cup and European Championship winners stormed into a 3-0 lead in the first half, effectively putting the game to bed at the half way stage.

Some beautiful play between Barcelona pair Andres Iniesta and Pedro ended up in the latter score Spain’s first with an accurate shot to the far corner.

Iniesta was at it again, demonstrating the magic he produces every week for Barcelona, and he skipped past a number of Panama defenders before selflessly laying the ball across to yet another Barca player David Villa who simply side-footed the ball into the net, notching his 53rd international goal in the process.

Vicente del Bosque’s side stretched their lead just before half-time as Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata played a dangerous through ball to Pedro who skillfully dummied the goalkeeper before netting a simple tap in for his second of the night.

Next it was the turn of Real Madrid representative Sergio Ramos to add his name to the score-sheet, and he did it in style, blasting home a brilliant free-kick with nine minutes left on the clock.

Markel Susaeta made it a night to remember for the Athletic Bilbao winger as he rounded off Spain’s onslaught with a goal in his first game for the visitors, finding the back of the net with a shot he couldn’t miss after Jesus Navas cut the ball back and put it on the plate for the debutant to bury.

The only negative for Spain in an otherwise imperious performance was conceding a late consolation goal from the penalty spot after Cesc Fabregas accidentally tripped Nelson Barahona in the area.

Gabriel Gomez ensured he would have a story to tell his children in years to come by scoring against the currently near-perfect Spanish national side, cooly and cheekily dinking the spot-kick past substitute goalkeeper Iker Casillas who had come on in place of Victor Valdes.

Spain continue to crush everyone in their path with another huge victory, and this one came even with the absence of several key players, such as Xavi, Xabi Alsonso and David Silva, who were rested for the fixture.

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