By Kim McLaughlin
COPENHAGEN Aug 20 Liverpool midfielder Xabi
Alonso scored twice to steer European champions Spain to a 3-0
win over Denmark in a friendly on Wednesday.
The visitors started hesitantly in their first game under
new coach Vicente del Bosque, who replaced Luis Aragones after
the team's Euro 2008 triumph in Vienna in June.
Spain, however, came out with more confidence in the second
half and Alonso put them in front after 50 minutes when he
pounced on a pass from Liverpool team mate Fernando Torres.
Debutant Diego Capel caused several problems for Denmark
down the left and the 20-year-old winger crossed for Barcelona's
Xavi to notch the second goal in the 73rd minute.
Alonso completed the scoring in injury time when he deftly
converted another centre by Capel.
"We made a poor start, playing slowly and lacking
aggression," Del Bosque told reporters. "It got much better
after the break.
"We were superior in the second half. When you win 3-0 away
it's an expression of the confidence we bring with us from the
Denmark coach Morten Olsen said Spain's quick passing tired
his team out.
"We used most of our stamina in the first 45 minutes and ran
out of steam, we have to admit that," said Olsen.
"We got over run in the second half because they simply play
A minute's silence was held before the match and the players
wore black armbands during the game after a plane crashed in
Madrid on Wednesday, killing about 145 people.
Spain face Bosnia and Armenia in World Cup Group Five
qualifiers next month while Denmark take on Hungary and Portugal
in Group One.
(Editing by Tony Jimenez)