Spain look to fresh faces

2015-03-26 10:23
Vicente del Bosque (AFP Photo)

Paris - A rejuvenated Spain recommence their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign at home to Ukraine in Seville on Friday.

In their first outing since a 1-0 friendly loss to Germany in November, reigning European champions Spain put their record of never having lost at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on the line as they face Ukraine in qualifying Group C.

Vicente del Bosque's side are second in the group after four games, three points behind Slovakia, who beat Spain in October.

Del Bosque is overseeing a period of transition following last year's World Cup disaster and his latest squad features the likes of Athletic Bilbao defender Mikel San Jose, Sevilla winger Vitolo and Malaga forward Juanmi, who replaces the injured Diego Costa.

"Being called up is already a success. But I want to make my debut," said winger Vitolo, a native of Gran Canaria who is proving a big hit with Sevilla this season.

"The Sanchez Pizjuan is my home and it would be great to make my debut there, in front of my fans."

With the top two in each group qualifying automatically for next year's finals in France, Spain and Ukraine are level on nine points in Group C, three points behind leaders Slovakia, who host Luxembourg.

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