Wales 1 Spain 4: Ryan Giggs slumps to third defeat in charge as Luis Enrique’s men run riot
LUIS ENRIQUE’S Spain fired a Nations League warning to England by hammering Ryan Giggs’ woeful Wales.
Paco Alcacer scored twice while defenders Sergio Ramos and Marc Bartra also scored for the 2010 world champions on an easy night for the visitors in Cardiff.
Gareth Southgate’s side, who face Croatia on Friday night, then travel to Sevilla on Monday and the Three Lions defence will be wary of Borussia Dortmund hotshot Alcacer and co on this evidence.
Wales’ five-man backline were all over the place defensively but Alcacer has now incredibly netted nine times in 203 minutes for club and country this season following his first-half brace.
The on-loan Barcelona striker scored either side of skipper Ramos’ header to put the Spanish three up inside the opening 29 minutes.
It was the worst possible start for boss Giggs and Wales on their return to the Principality stadium for the first time since March 2011.
Talisman Gareth Bale was ruled out with a groin injury but even the Real Madrid forward would not have made much difference as Spain dominated possession and chances.
Alcacer curled beyond Wayne Hennessey after eight minutes when Jose Gaya’s mishit shot was neatly laid off by Saul Niguez.
Then Ramos was left unmarked to nod in Suso’s free-kick before Alcacer capitalised on Harry Wilson’s sliced clearance to make it three.
Ethan Ampadu saw a header hit the outside of David de Gea’s post before Wales were outclassed from start to finish.
Suso’s fizzing drive clipped the crossbar in the second half before Bartra grabbed the fourth to inflict Wales’ heaviest defeat since the 6-1 humiliation against Serbia in September 2012.
Sam Vokes pulled a goal back in the 89th minute in what was his first strike on the international stage since March.
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