Eoin Toal played the first half of Northern Ireland’s friendly defeat against Spain in Mallorca.

Toal got the chance to test himself against the likes of Alvaro Morata and Rodri as the Spaniards got a final runout before the Euros, which kicks off next week in Germany.

It was the defender’s sixth cap for his country, having broken into the senior squad since arriving at the Toughsheet Community Stadium in the summer of 2022.

Michael O’Neill’s side were beaten 5-1 on the night despite taking an early lead through Dan Ballard’s header.

Pedri got Spain back on level terms from long range before Alvaro Morata flicked Jesus Navas’ cross in off the post.

Pedri struck again after getting on the end of Nico Williams’ cut back and Fabian Ruiz headed home a fourth from Lamine Yamal’s delivery.

Mikel Oyarzabal wrapped up the result in the second half, beating Bailey Peacock-Farrell after more good work from Barcelona teenager Yamal.

Toal made way at the break and was replaced by Jordan Thompson. Former Wanderers loanee Conor Bradley was also named in the starting line-up, playing 65 minutes before coming off for Ross McCausland.

Dion Charles had been named in the initial squad but it was announced on Thursday night that the striker had withdrawn, and the Whites are now facing a fight to get him fit and ready for the start of next season.

O’Neill’s side are back in action on Tuesday, June 11 when they take on Andorra – their final fixture before the Nations League campaign gets under way in September with matches against Luxembourg and Bulgaria.

Meanwhile, Spain kick off the Euros against Croatia on Saturday, June 15. They also have games against Italy and Albania in the group stage.

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