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Spain saved by Iniesta strike

Published: Thursday 29 March 2007, 0.45CET
Spain 1-0 Iceland Andrés Iniesta struck what could prove an invaluable goal with nine minutes to spare in Palma de Mallorca.

Match statistics

SpainIceland

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target12
 
1
Attempts off target9
 
2
Corners20
 
1
Fouls committed8
 
14
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Thursday 29 March 2007, 0.45CET

Spain saved by Iniesta strike

Spain 1-0 Iceland Andrés Iniesta struck what could prove an invaluable goal with nine minutes to spare in Palma de Mallorca.

Andrés Iniesta struck what could prove an invaluable goal in Spain's UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying campaign as he claimed a winner against Iceland with nine minutes to spare in Palma de Mallorca.

Timely goal
Spain had edged to a 2-1 victory against Denmark on Saturday but still only had six points from their first four games. It could have gone to seven from five but Iniesta produced a timely and strong right-footed shot to keep Spain within four points of surprise Group F leaders Northern Ireland, while leaving Iceland level at the foot of the table with Latvia and Liechtenstein.

Arason heroics
Iceland had the first chance when Emil Hallfredsson fired across the face of Iker Casillas's goal, but after that Spain took over, only to be denied time and again by visiting keeper Árni Arason. The No1 twice saved from David Silva early on, before David Villa's swerving effort from out wide clipped the crossbar. Arason was then alert to tip away a slice from team-mate Ólafur Örn Bjarnason before stopping a deflected Villa strike.

Late winner
It got worse for Spain when Fernando Morientes left the pitch on a stretcher late in the first half, to be replaced by Fernando Torres, yet after the break the hosts continued to press, Villa again being denied by Arason and then nodding wide. Substitute Miguel Ángel Angulo and Iniesta both demanded further heroics from the Iceland keeper, although the FC Barcelona midfielder then beat Arason after being set up by Villa to the relief of the home crowd. Spain will hope to continue their climb when they visit Latvia and Liechtenstein in early June; Iceland meet the Alpine principality that week before going to Sweden.

Last updated: 29/03/07 12.14CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Iceland

Iceland

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
ArasonÁrni Arason (GK)
15
RamosSergio Ramos
2
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
4
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
4
BjarnasonÓlafur Örn Bjarnason
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
5
IngimarssonIvar Ingimarsson
17
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Substitution46
3
G. T. GunnarssonGunnar Thor Gunnarsson
16
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Goal80
11
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
Substitution78
6
VidarssonArnar Vidarsson
Substitution83
8
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
8
B. GunnarssonBrynjar Gunnarsson
21
SilvaDavid Silva
7
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
Substitution74
7
VillaDavid Villa
10
GunnarssonVeigar Gunnarsson
Substitution56
10
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution43
9
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen (C)

Substitutes

23
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
12
LárussonDadi Lárusson (GK)
3
Antonio LópezAntonio López
13
Ar. BjörnssonÁrmann Björnsson
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution43
14
GíslasonStefán Gíslason
Substitution56
11
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
Substitution46
15
RúnarssonHólmar Rúnarsson
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution78
16
H. SigurdssonHannes Sigurdsson
Substitution83
18
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
17
I. SigurdssonIndridi Sigurdsson
Substitution74
20
JuanitoJuanito
18
A. JóhannssonAtli Jóhannsson

Coach

Luis Aragonés Suárez (ESP) Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Vincent Texier (FRA), Stéphane Duhamel (FRA)

Fourth official

Tony Chapron (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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