Last October, Spain suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of Slovakia but today, the Spaniards rose to the occasion, none better than David Silva though as Spain picked up a comprehensive 2-0 victory over the Slovakians to gain vengeance.
Spain completely dpminated the game, showed good organization, showed good understanding of each other’s strengths and played like a real cohesive unit and came into the game looking very hungry. It took only 5 minutes for Spain to take the lead as David Silva weighted a lovely pass for Jordi Alba over the Slovakian defence and the Barcelona man cushioned the most exquisite header into the corner of the net to give Spain a 1-0 lead. Spain continued to dominate possession but didn’t try to force the issue and when Fabregas tried to work a little Chelsea magic, chipping the ball into Diego Costa, Costa was brought down by Kozacik and the referee pointed to the spot. Iniesta made no mistake from the spot making it 2-0 in the 30th minute. Spain continued to dominate the game and frustrated the Slovaks showing serious composure and class in the second half despite not scoring.
It may not be a huge score line but it was almost the perfect performance by Spain. A complete performance. The Spaniards were organized when not in possession of the ball and covered up well and when they had possession, they moved as a unit and with a lot of menace and no player tried to be the star as they did their jobs and stuck to them while managing to cover for each other. The defenders called the shots when not in possession and Ramos stepped up as the defensive leader and he in turn was led by the experienced Casillas. In midfield, Iniesta was the general while Busquets provided stability and allowed Fabregas a reduced role where he could be more effective allowing Silva to run in from the flanks and join the midfield using his mobility to open up the defense while Iniesta and and Fabregas exploited the Slovakians with their range of passing. Diego Costa kept the central defenders busy while Pedro tried to exploit the spaces between the center backs and the full backs coming in from the wide positions. Spain really put it together perfectly and the performance is reminiscent of their performance on the 7th of July against in Durban, South Africa against Germany in the World Cup semifinal.