After being held by Iran in their opening match, Venancio Lopez and his Spain side were determined to defeat Libya and they did so comfortably at the Maracanazinho. A total of 23 shots on target compared to Libya's four and 70 per cent of possession tells its own story of a game dominated by the Europeans.
Lopez changed Spain's system to good effect, adopting a quickier and more compact approach and it paid dividends as early as the third minute when Javi Rodriguez put them in front. 13 minutes later they doubled their advantage when Fernando's precise pass found Alvaro who fired the ball home. 2-0 was how it remained at half-time, but it could have been more had it not been for the heroic effort of Libyan goalkeeper Mohamed Alsharif.
Despite vocal support from the crowd and some nice play from Rabie Abdel, Spain's dominance was still apparent in the second half. Lopez's side were content to move the ball around until their opportunity came, which is precisely how Daniel scored the third, and final, goal if the game. It was a confident performance from Spain who face Czech Republic in their next game on Sunday.