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Soldado-powered Spain take Venezuela apart

Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 23.47CET
Spain 5-0 Venezuela
Andrés Iniesta and David Silva put the world and European champions in front, and substitute Roberto Soldado hit three more after the break.
by Graham Hunter
from La Rosaleda

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Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 23.47CET

Soldado-powered Spain take Venezuela apart

Spain 5-0 Venezuela
Andrés Iniesta and David Silva put the world and European champions in front, and substitute Roberto Soldado hit three more after the break.

Reigning world and European champions Spain tore a plucky Venezuela side to shreds in Malaga, with their 5-0 win featuring substitute Roberto Soldado's first three international goals.

In the first half, Andrés Iniesta crashed in a first-time shot and and David Silva completed a one-two with Cesc Fàbregas to make it 2-0, but Valencia CF striker Soldado stole their thunder, coming on at the break and registering a hat-trick as he broke his international duck in style on his third appearance for his country.

Spain were often scintillatingly good. In the opening stages there was urgency and crispness about their passing and movement. Irrespective of Xavi Hernández being left out of the side, the midfield interplay was sumptuous. Silva and Iniesta, particularly, played as if they thought their finals places might be in jeopardy – however ridiculous a thought that is. Each wanted to be on the ball constantly and created an electric current of danger whenever they were.

Fernando Llorente had two headed chances in the first 11 minutes, and Sergio Ramos went still closer, his powerful sixth-minute header slamming off the bar from a Fàbregas cross. Spain began to enjoy themselves, and Silva's slide-rule pass to Iniesta again threatened the first goal in the 16th minute, but Daniel Hernández in the Venezuela goal made the first of a series of good stops.

However, in that dangerous time just before the break, Spain broke the South Americans. First, Fàbregas crossed from the right and his Camp Nou team-mate Iniesta found the target, then three minutes later Manchester City FC midfielder Silva bent a left-footed effort past the Real Valladolid CF keeper.

Picking a final 23 to take to UEFA EURO 2012 from such a huge roster of quality players will be a tough task for Vicente Del Bosque, and it is not getting any easier. Santi Cazorla and Soldado came on at half-time and within the blink of an eye the latter had scored twice, finishing following assists from Cazorla and Álvaro Arbeloa.

By the 65th minute, Soldado could have completed his treble, Fernando Amorebieta seeing red and giving away a penalty for a foul on the striker, but Hernández topped a good night with a spot-kick save. Iker Muniain added to the night with his debut, and Soldado's magic moment arrived with five minutes left, as the Valencia connection saw Jordi Alba cross for his team-mate to finish.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.36CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Venezuela

Venezuela

CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
Hernandez                     Daniel Hernandez (GK)
Penalty66
RamosSergio Ramos
Substitution61
AmorebietaFernando Amorebieta
Red Card65
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
VizcarrondoOswaldo Vizcarrondo
PiquéGerard Piqué
RosalesRoberto Rosales
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Quijada                       Rubert Quijada
Substitution72
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Yellow Card69
Substitution75
ArangoJuan Arango
Substitution89
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Goal37
Substitution46
MeaMiguel Angel Mea
Substitution81
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution60
RincónTomás Rincón
SilvaDavid Silva
Goal40
Substitution61
Alvarez                       Julio Alvarez
Substitution60
BusquetsSergio Busquets
RondónJosé Rondón
Substitution78
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution46
MikuMiku
Substitution66

Substitutes

SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution46
Goal49
Goal54
Penalty66
Goal84
César González                                    César Eduardo González Amais
Substitution60
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution46
Tuñez                         Andres Tuñez
Substitution66
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution60
R. FeltscherRolf Feltscher
Substitution72
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution61
F. FeltscherFrank Feltscher
Substitution78
PuyolCarles Puyol
Substitution61
Flores                        Francisco Flores
Substitution81
MuniainIker Muniain
Substitution75
Perez Greco                   Edgar Perez Greco
Substitution89

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) César Farías (VEN)

Referee

Andris Treimanis (LVA)

Assistant referees

Haralds Gudermanis (LVA), Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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