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Spain come to the party late

Spain's poor form in friendlies continued when the world and European champions needed a stoppage-time David Villa goal to snatch a 2-2 draw at Costa Rica on Tuesday.

sports Updated: Nov 17, 2011 01:53 IST

Spain's poor form in friendlies continued when the world and European champions needed a stoppage-time David Villa goal to snatch a 2-2 draw at Costa Rica on Tuesday.

After losing 1-0 to England on Saturday, the Spanish looked toothless in attack and vulnerable in defence in the first half of a rain-lashed match in San Jose, falling two goals behind at the break before raising their game in the second.

Captain Iker Casillas committed an uncharacteristic howler to gift the home side the lead. He miscontrolled the ball near the edge of the penalty area, surrendering possession to Randall Brenes, who lifted the ball into the empty net.