Spain secured their 27th consecutive home victory in the match against Venezuela recently.
Roberto Soldado played a major part in helping Spain secured this important victory.
Even though this was a friendly, Spain did not take their chances lightly and fielded a strong line-up that include the likes of Roberto Soldado and Andreas Iniesta. It was Iniesta who opened the scoring early in the match after calmly slotting past the Venezuela goalkeeper.
Cesc Fabregas was the architect of this goal, while the former Arsenal midfielder was once again at the heart of things to set up David Silva for the second goal just before half-time. Even after securing a two-goal advantage at home against Venezuela, Spain were not content with the performance.
Hence, Spain manager Vicente del Bosque brought on Roberto Soldado at the start of the second half in order to increase the tempo. Roberto Soldado was in place of former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, who has been dropped due to poor form for Chelsea.
Fernando Torres has not scored a goal for Chelsea since October, and after repeated warnings, Vicente del Bosque has decided to drop the striker from the squad. Roberto Soldado proved his worth by scoring a hat-trick in the second half, thus making it even more difficult for Fernando Torres to come back into the squad.
In the end, Spain managed to win the match after scoring five goals. Roberto Soldado was making his return to international football after a huge five years, but he made no qualms about being left out of the squad for such a long period by scoring a hat-trick. Even though this hat-trick was against a poor Venezuela side, is now highly likely that Roberto Soldado will be part of the Euro 2012 squad instead of Fernando Torres.