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Friday 9 December 2016

Holland inflict more wounds on Spain

Although Spain's 2-0 reverse to Netherlands last night brought back bitter memories of their disastrous 2014 World Cup, coach Vicente del Bosque will not be too worried about a third straight friendly defeat for La Roja.

Spain were overrun in the opening 20 minutes at the Amsterdam Arena, falling behind to goals from Stefan de Vrij in the 13th minute and Davy Klaassen three minutes later.

They became the first team to inflict two defeats on Del Bosque since he took over in 2008 but the gruff 64-year-old had used the match to try out several new faces and he fielded a largely experimental, second-string team.

"The national team's state of health is good," centre back Gerard Pique said. "I am not that worried about this match because we lost friendlies in previous years and then ended up winning titles."

Slovakia are surprise leaders in qualifying Group C, Spain are three behind on 12 points, three ahead of Ukraine who they beat 1-0 last Friday. Del Bosque's side host Slovakia in September.

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