Del Bosque faced with a dilemma as Nolito stakes a claim for Eu­ros

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VI­CENTE DEL BOSQUE, the Spain man­ager, was given a wel­come dilemma as striker Nolito made a strong case for a slot in their Euro 2016 squad with a dou­ble in Switzer­land which sunk 10-man Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina.

In a match with few punches pulled, Emir Spahic pulled one back af­ter Nolito’s brace be­fore be­ing sent off for violent con­duct be­fore half time. Chelsea for­ward Pe­dro then sealed the win deep into in­jury time with a tap-in.

With sev­eral key play­ers in Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal ac­tion for Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on Satur­day night, the match pro­vided play­ers like Nolito an op­por­tu­nity to im­press, and hav­ing failed to score in any of his six pre­vi­ous out­ings for Spain the striker man­aged two goals in the first 20 min­utes, with Cesc Fabre­gas get­ting an as­sist on both.

Ham­burg stop­per Spahic cut the ar­rears be­fore the break but was sent for an early bath af­ter rais­ing his hands to Fabre­gas. Sub­sti­tute Pe­dro later slot­ted home at the death.

Else­where, Slo­vakia sent a curve­ball at World cham­pi­ons Ger­many’s Eu­ros prepa­ra­tions with an em­phatic 3-1 win in tor­ren­tial con­di­tions in Augs­burg.

On-loan Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez had put Joachim Loew’s men ahead but Slo­vakia skip­per Marek Ham­sik and Michal Duris turned the score­line over be­fore the break.

The sec­ond half was late in com­ing with stormy con­di­tions threat­en­ing the match’s con­clu­sion, but the Slo­vakians came out un­de­terred and Ju­raj Kucka made it three to send shock­waves to Loew as he de­cides on his star-stud­ded 23-man squad for France.

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