After winning the 2010 World Cup and back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012, Spain was dumped out of the 2014 World Cup at the Group Stage.  La Furia Roja are back and focused on three-peating as the European champions and got off to a great start in Euro 2016 qualifying with a routine 5-1 win over Macedonia at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia on Monday.

Head coach Vicente del Bosque opted pulled in the perfect combination of veterans and new blood to start the qualifying campaign.  It paid off with a fast start as veteran Sergio Ramos converted from the penalty spot in the 16th minute with debutant Paco Alcacer tapping in from close range a minute later.

The visitors drew one back from the penalty spot but could do no better. Sergio Busquets restored the 2-goal advantage in first half injury time and the game was finished off with goals from David Silva in the 50th minute and Pedro Rodriguez in second half injury time.

Spain sits on top of Group C after the first matchday.  The other teams in the group are Slovakia, Belarus, Luxembourg, Ukraine, and today’s opponent Macedonia.  Spain should be in good shape for this stage.  They are unbeaten in their last 35 UEFA European Championship and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.