Romania hold Spain

Cluj-Napoca, March 28

Romania held European champions Spain to a 0-0 draw on Sunday in a Euro 2016 warm-up that saw visiting goalkeeper Iker Casillas equal the record for most international caps by a European player.

Casillas’s 166th appearance for Spain, over a 16 year span that includes winning the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, took him level with Latvia’s Vitalijs Astafjevs in the continent’s record books. The goalkeeper has also not conceded a goal in 710 minutes for Spain but he was forced to make a couple of fine saves to keep the clean sheet.

The stalemate also showed that both teams have work to do in front of goal before the European championship finals in France start in June. It was Spain’s second friendly in four days following their fortuitous 1-1 draw away to Italy in Udinethat ended their run of seven successive wins as well as a run of six successive clean sheets. David de Gea played in goal for Spain in that match.

The game featured several missed chances with Romania enjoying decent spells of possession and always looking to counter in numbers.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque made 10 changes to the side that started against Italy, with centre back Gerard Pique the only survivor and Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto making his international debut.