Macedonia 0-1 Spain: La Roja squeak by to remain leaders
Spain followed up their impressive win over Slovakia with a rather bland performance against Macedonia, but a Juan Mata goal saved face for La Roja.
Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque made several changes to the line-up that defeated Slovakia on Saturday evening in Oviedo, putting David De Gea in goal, while Carvajal and Bernat started in place of Juanfran and Jordi Alba, Isco and Cazorla also came in place of Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.
Spain looked to be in top form to start, as David Silva found Juan Mata, who looked to try and pass it off but realized his lane was cut off and took a shot with his weaker right leg to find the back of the net in the 7th minute.
From that point on, Spain retained possession and took their fair share of shots but neither side was able to score another goal for the remaining 83 minutes of the match.
Diego Costa remains goalless for Spain as the fans are urging Del Bosque to start Valencia’s prolific striker Paco Alcacer in the Brazilian-born’s place.
Spain still have several tweaks to work out before next summer’s Euro 2016 tournament but have managed to top their Group C and secure a place in the tournament.
Macedonia 0-1 Spain
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)
Spain XI: De Gea; Carvajal, Piqué, Ramos, Bernat; Busquets, Cazorla (68′), Isco (77′); Mata, Silva, Diego Costa (61′)
Subs: Alcacer (61′), Koke (68′), Iniesta (77′)
Goals: Mata (7′)
Yellow Cards: Costa (29′), Busquets (46′)
Macedonia XI: Pacovski; Brdarovski, Sikov, Ristevski , Zhuta; Aškovski (76′), Gligorov, Hasani, Radeski (84′), Ivanovski (68′).
Subs: Trajkovski (68′), Bardhi (76′), Ibraimi (84′)
Yellow Cards: Petrovic (32′)