Iker Casillas equaled the record for most international caps by a European player on Sunday night in Spain’s 0-0 draw with Romania in an international friendly.
Casillas’s 166th appearance for Spain, over a 16 year span that includes winning the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, took him level with Latvia’s Vitalijs Astafjevs in Europe’s record books.
The goalkeeper has also not conceded a goal in 710 minutes for Spain but he was forced to make a couple of fine saves to keep the clean sheet.
It was Spain’s second friendly in four days following their 1-1 draw away to Italy in Udine that ended their run of seven successive wins as well as a run of six successive clean sheets.
David de Gea however played in goal for Spain in that match.
The second-string lineup started well, creating some decent chances, and Romania keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu produced an excellent save to deny Pedro Rodriguez an opener after 10 minutes.
The open, attacking nature of the game continued but it was obvious that Spain needed more quality in the penalty area against a team unbeaten in their 16 previous games.
A minute’s silence was observed before the game in a tribute to Dutch great and former Barcelona player and coach Johan Cruyff, who died on Thursday aged 68 after a five-month battle with lung cancer.
Romania have been drawn in Group A with hosts France, Switzerland and Albania at Euro 2016. Spain are in Group D alongside Turkey, Croatia and the Czech Republic.