Spain defeated Ireland 2-0 in a soccer exhibition at Yankee Stadium in New York.
Substitutes Roberto Soldado and Juan Mata got the goals for the world and European champions after 69 and 88 minutes last night. The result extended Spain’s unbeaten run to 22 games since a 1-0 loss to England in an exhibition on Nov. 12, 2011.
It was the second soccer game in less than three weeks at Yankee Stadium after Manchester City beat English Premier League rival Chelsea 5-3 on May 25. The Yankees are staging events other than baseball games to recoup the $1.5 billion cost to build the stadium, which opened in April 2009.
Singers Jay Z and Justin Timberlake will play the venue on July 19 and 20; the New York Rangers will take on National Hockey League opponents the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders on Jan. 26 and 29, and the Yankees on June 3 said they’d host college football’s Pinstripe Bowl, first played in 2010, for another 10 years.
Since losing 4-0 in the European Championship a year ago in its last game against Spain, Ireland has tumbled 23 places in soccer’s world rankings to No. 41, while Spain has been the No. 1 nation since September 2011.
In 26 meetings between the countries, Spain has won 15 times, while Ireland logged the last of its four victories in 1989.