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Alcacer makes his point as Spain crush Wales

AFP  |  Cardiff 

Paco Alcacer made his case for a regular place in the team as the on-loan forward struck twice in his country's 4-1 rout of on Thursday.

With injured and Rodrigo on the bench, Alcacer seized his chance to impress boss in his first international appearance since March 2016.

The 25-year-old maintained his blistering club form to leave the defence in tatters in a one-sided friendly at the

Alcacer netted twice in the first half to make it eight goals in 14 appearances, while and were also on target for the visitors.

Alcacer has hit seven goals in four matches for since joining on loan from Barcelona, where he struggled to break into the team and was rarely picked by Enrique during his time in charge at the

Enrique might be having a change of heart after this predatory display from Alcacer on an emotional night for Spain, who stood before kick-off for a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Majorca flooding which has killed 12 people.

The former world and European champions endured a disappointing World Cup, stunningly knocked out in the last 16 by hosts after sacking on the eve of the tournament.

But Enrique has won all three of his games since taking charge after and this emphatic success was the ideal preparation for Spain before they resume their campaign against England in on Monday.

Spain beat England 2-1 at Wembley in Enrique's first match, then hammered finalists 6-0.

"It was an intense game. I loved my team's attitude. They did what I wanted them to do," Enrique said.

"Everyone who participated today was at a high level." were without due to a and the Real Madrid forward's absence rendered them toothless.

Burnley's got a late consolation for Wales, who have lost three of their six matches since Manchester United legend took over as

"The disappointment for me was in the basics. If you don't do the basics against a very good team, you're in trouble," Giggs said.

"There were so many mistakes. Spain are such a good technical team, but we gave away two poor goals at set-pieces.

"After that you are chasing shadows. We got taught a lesson in many aspects." This was the first meeting between the countries since 1985 when Wales enjoyed a famous victory in a World

To mark the occasion, the match was held at the Principality Stadium, which traditionally serves as the home of Welsh rugby, for the first Wales football fixture there since 2011.

- Speed and precision -


Yet it took just eight minutes for Spain to silence over 50,000 Welsh fans. When Wales punched clear to the edge of the area, quickly worked back it back to Alcacer and he rifled a fine finish into the roof of the net.

Moving the ball around with speed and precision, Enrique's team doubled their lead in the 19th minute.

After all their slick approach play, Spain's second goal was actually a prosaic affair as poor marking from Suso's free-kick left Ramos unmarked to loop his header past Hennessey.

Once again it was Alcacer who did the damage for Spain's second in the 29th minute, punishing more sloppy Wales defending as the hosts twice failed to clear before the forward fired home.

Ramos, and came off at half-time, but Spain were still far superior.

Bartra made it four in the 74th minute as the substitute guided his header past the flat-footed Hennessey.

Vokes headed home with seconds left, but it was too late to salvage a dispiriting night for Giggs and company.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 09:40 IST