Football: Spain stay unbeaten under Lopetegui after Swiss draw

Switzerland's defender Francois Moubandje (left) vies with Spain's forward Lucas Vazquez during the international friendly football match between Spain and Switzerland at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real, on June 3, 2018.
Switzerland's defender Francois Moubandje (left) vies with Spain's forward Lucas Vazquez during the international friendly football match between Spain and Switzerland at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real, on June 3, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

VILA-REAL, SPAIN (AFP) - Ricardo Rodriguez equalised for Switzerland as World Cup contenders Spain were held to a 1-1 draw at home in their final friendly before jetting out to Russia next week.

Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola volleyed Spain ahead on 29 minutes in Vila-real with a fantastic strike from the edge of the area in just his third international appearance.

Andres Iniesta drew a sharp save from Yann Sommer at his near post before the break, and the veteran midfielder went close again early in the second half before he was replaced to a warm ovation ahead of his move to Japan.

AC Milan defender Rodriguez levelled for Vladimir Petkovic's Switzerland, also World Cup bound, on the hour with a tap-in from close range after David de Gea palmed away an effort by Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Sommer produced another fine stop to deny Valencia forward Rodrigo, while Nacho grazed the post with a curling strike late on as Spain's unbeaten run under Julen Lopetegui stretched to 19 matches.