Casillas hails 'great' Panama victory

Iker Casillas - Real Madrid

Iker Casillas – Real Madrid

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has shared his delight over Spain’s 5-1 thumping of Panama which ensured La Roja would end the year undefeated in 16 matches.

The game took place in Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez in Central America, and it was a comfortable victory for the 2010 World Cup winners, with Pedro, David Villa, Sergio Ramos and Markel Susaeta getting amongst the goals.

And although Panama are rated 46th in the Fifa world rankings, some 45 places below the Spaniards, Casillas was pleased with the display from his team-mates.

“It was great,” he told reporters.

“The Panamanians celebrated their goal like they had won the World Cup, they really are wonderful people.”

Villa played in his second game for his country since his return from a broken tibia, and was given the captain’s armband for the occasion, before handing it over on the arrival of Casillas.

Meanwhile, Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, explained that he was disappointed to concede five goals, but it was always going to be hard against a team of Spain’s stature.

He said: “It was never going to be a picnic, was it?

“Spain have so many world-beaters and so many virtues that it was always going to be difficult to play against.

“It was an experience and I will keep working to improve my game.”

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