Fernando Torres said Spain's 4-0 victory against Liechtenstein in their opening UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier on Saturday helped to erase the painful memory of their early exit from the FIFA World Cup finals.
Luis Aragonés's side fell in the first knockout round to France in Germany, but the Spain coach has kept faith with his young squad for the new campaign, and they now top Group F on goal difference. "It was vital to get off to a good start after the bitter experience of the World Cup finals," Torres said.
"We have two years to correct the errors from that tournament. Today we needed the fans to get behind us, which they did, and luckily we were able to respond with goals." Torres opened the scoring in the 20th minute but Liechtenstein's well-organised offside trap frustrated Spain until a minute before the break when striker David Villa added the second.
Spain picked up the pace after half-time and a fine free-kick from Villa was followed soon after by a strike from Luis García to give the scoreline a truer reflection of their dominance. With fans expecting another comfortable win against Northern Ireland on Wednesday, midfielder Xabi Alonso sought to dampen expectations, saying: "The next game will be harder. The group is evenly matched and we should not be over confident."
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