Vicente Del Bosque’s Spain will be defending a 12-game unbeaten run in Galicia when they take on Saudi Arabia tonight.
The national team head into their evening match against Frank Rijkaard’s side at the Estadio de Pasaron aware that they are currently undefeated in the north west autonomous community from a dozen previous matches in the state.
La Roja have won seven and drawn five of their matches played in Galicia, racking up 28 goals scored against 10 conceded.
Spain’s first match in Galicia dates back to December 19, 1926, when they defeated Hungary 4-2 in Vigo. Since then, La Seleccion have avoided defeat to Portugal four times, Uruguay twice and the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Brazil all once.
Friday’s match will be the team’s first in the province since a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Belgium was played at the Riazor in September 2009.
La Roja will also find encouragement tonight from their previous two encounters with opponents Saudi Arabia.
Spain won 1-0 at the group stage of 2006 World Cup in Germany and most recently, secured a 3-2 friendly victory in 2010, with goals from David Villa, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Llorente enough in Austria.