Adrián was on target and Juanfran and Álvaro Domínguez also represented the Spanish national team for the first time on Saturday evening, as La Roja ran out 2-0 winners against Serbia in St. Gallen.
The Rojiblanco trio all made a good impression ahead of manager Vicente Del Bosque’s announcement of the definitive list of 23 players who will go to the European Championships tomorrow, which will include the addition of players from Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.
Juanfran was the only debutant to play from the start, and the former Osasuna man put in another solid display in his new right-back position, linking well with the lively Jesús Navas throughout the game.
With the scores level at half-time, Adrián and Domínguez were both introduced alongside David Silva and Beñat, and soon had the desired effect, as Spain looked far more convincing than in the first half when Roberto Soldado and Álvaro Negredo had led the line.
Our man Adrián opened the scoring and his international account on 64 minutes following a Navas cross, and was in the action again later on, winning a penalty that Santi Cazorla duly converted.
Replays showed that the Asturian forward had in fact clipped his own leg under pressure from Ivanović, although it did nothing to take the shine off a highly impressive first appearance for the World and European champions.
At the back, Domínguez had little to do but completed the half without making any mistakes, picking up the only yellow card of the game near the end for a mistimed challenge.
After the game, Adrián underlined his desire to make the cut for Poland and Ukraine, and reflected on what was a dream debut in international colours.
“I am very happy to have debuted with a goal,” he said, “It would be nice to be chosen for the European Championships, and I have a lot of enthusiasm.”
“Competition is at a top level, there is quality in defence, midfield and attack and it’s good that the manager has so many options to choose from.”
Elsewhere this week, Thibaut Courtois, Arda Turan and Diego Godín all took part in friendlies for their respective nations, suffering mixed fortunes.
Despite not making the Euro’s, Turkey have five matches scheduled before the tournament, and have so far beaten Georgia but lost at home to Finland earlier this evening.
Arda played the last half hour in Tbilisi and the whole match tonight, setting up two goals for Rojiblanco target Burak Yılmaz in a 3-2 loss, and Courtois kept goal for 50 minutes in Belgium’s 2-2 draw with Montenegro on Thursday.
The following day, Godín lasted the entirety of Uruguay’s draw in Russia.
During the summer there will also be South American World Cup qualifiers involving Godín, Falcao, Perea and Salvio starting on June 2nd, with the European Champions kicking off six days later in Warsaw.