Our prediction for this match:
Spain and Iceland face each other at Estadio Abanca-Riazor is a David-vs-Goliath friendly. La Roja failed to impress in their last warm-up game, but thanks to Dani Olmo’s late goal they eventually managed to beat Albania at RCDE Stadium. The Leipzig man is pushing for a start, as well as Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta. Barcelona winger Ferran Torres should keep his place in the starting XI after finding the net in the triumph over Albania.
The Icelanders, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Finland on Saturday, but the will have a mountain to climb in La Coruna. One of the men to watch in the away side will be experienced midfielder Birkir Bjarnason, who found the net in the last friendly. In their last meeting on the international stage the two teams played out a 1-1 draw, but home win should be considered this time out.
Highlighted Player (Gerard Pique):
Gerard Pique is a Spanish footballer who was born in Barcelona on 2 February, 1987. He is married to famous Colombian singer Shakira and they have two sons Milan and Sasha. Pique is a product of La Masia, the Barca’s youth academy, but he started his senior career at Manchester United.
He returned to his boyhood club in 2008 and he has been playing for the Catalan giants ever since. The 193-cm-tall footballer is a centre back who is good in the air. His main position is centre back, but he is capable of playing a defensive midfielder if needed. Pique won his sixth La Liga trophy with Barca in the 2015/2016 season and in 2008 he has three Champions League titles with the Catalan giants as well.
During his spell with Manchester United, Gerard Pique won the Premier League trophy (2007/2008) and he helped the Red Devils win the Champions League trophy the same season. Speaking of his international career, the Barcelona defender won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Spain, while lifting the European Championship trophy two years later.
Highlighted Team (Iceland):
Iceland had little to no success during the first 60 years of entering the FIFA competitions, failing to qualify to a single major tournament in that period, but the team then went on to make tremendous progress at the start of the 21st century.
The Nordic side narrowly missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup, losing in the play-off to Croatia, but they then enjoyed a thoroughly impressive qualifying campaign to reach the Euro 2016, taking 20 points from 10 matches to leave Turkey and Netherlands trailing in their wake.
As a result, the generation featuring players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Emil Hallfredsson will go down as one of the most successful in the national team history and it could be quite some time before another team repeat their success. Even if he was only used as a bit-part player during the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Eidur Gudjohnsen has got to be mentioned as the first Icelandic footballer to have played for top European sides.