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Solid Spain continue to climb

Published: Sunday 3 June 2007, 0.33CET
Latvia 0-2 Spain The visitors earned a third successive Group F win in Riga thanks to goals from David Villa and Xavi Hernández.
Solid Spain continue to climb
David Villa (right) enjoys Spain's opening goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LatviaSpain

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target0
11
Attempts off target2
 
11
Corners6
 
11
Fouls committed6
 
8
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 3 June 2007, 0.33CET

Solid Spain continue to climb

Latvia 0-2 Spain The visitors earned a third successive Group F win in Riga thanks to goals from David Villa and Xavi Hernández.

Spain's hopes of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008™ continued to improve as a goal in each half from David Villa and Xavi Hernández away against Latvia earned them a third successive Group F win.

Welcome win
The away side started the night third in the section but were on top from the outset in Riga, although they did not take the lead until the final minute of the opening period as Villa bundled in. Latvia, who have now lost their last three fixtures in the section, began the second half in positive fashion but their challenge was effectively ended on the hour when Xavi doubled Spain's lead with a shot from outside the penalty area that deflected in off Andrés Iniesta.

Spain on top
The visitors were on the front foot from the first whistle, RCD Espanyol forward Luis García drawing a save from Aleksandrs Kolinko in the opening minute of his international debut, and Luis Aragonés's side pressed forward throughout the opening period. Villa was a lively presence up front with Miguel Ángel Angulo and Iniesta missing the target when well placed, but the breakthrough finally arrived on the stroke of the interval. Unsurprisingly Villa was at the heart of the move, challenging for Angulo's deep right-wing cross with Arturs Zakreševskis as the ball evaded Kolinko to nestle in the corner of the net.

Deflected second
Latvia began the second half transformed, however, and Maris Verpakovskis twice failed to convert presentable opportunities to get the home side back on level terms. First, the striker – who plays his club football in Spain with Getafe CF - narrowly failed to turn in Jurijs Laizans' mis-hit shot before firing wide after galloping clear on to a long Vitalis Astafjevs pass. Those misses proved costly as Spain added a second goal on the hour, substitute Roberto Soldado finding Xavi for a shot that struck Iniesta and looped over the stranded Kolinko.

Soldado impact
Four minutes later Soldado - also making his international debut - drilled in a shot that Kolinko did well to punch clear and the goalkeeper denied the CA Osasuna striker again moments later, palming another effort from distance round his right-hand post. Spain had already done enough to secure the points, however, and will look for another win in Liechtenstein on Wednesday when Latvia play host to Denmark.

Last updated: 03/06/07 14.30CET

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Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Spain

Spain

1
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko (GK)
Yellow Card36
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
4
ZirnisDzintars Zirnis
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
17
KļavaOskars Kļava
Yellow Card27
15
RamosSergio Ramos
6
IvanovsDeniss Ivanovs
4
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Yellow Card73
19
ZakreševskisArtūrs Zakreševskis
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
Substitution66
10
RubinsAndrejs Rubins
Substitution65
16
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
3
AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs (C)
8
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Goal60
Yellow Card90+2
5
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
11
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
Substitution45
8
BleidelisImants Bleidelis
Substitution85
20
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal45
20
KarlsonsĢirts Karlsons
Substitution89
9
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution56

Substitutes

12
PiedelsAndrejs Piedels (GK)
23
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
25
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution66
7
SmirnovsMāris Smirnovs
3
Antonio LópezAntonio López
15
SoloņicinsGenadijs Soloņicins
Substitution65
2
Javi NavarroJavi Navarro
18
CauņaAleksandrs Cauņa
Substitution89
18
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
11
RimkusVīts Rimkus
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution45
14
PerepļotkinsAndrejs Perepļotkins
Substitution85
10
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution56

Coach

Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA) Luis Aragonés Suárez (ESP)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Tom Murphy (SCO), James Bee (SCO)

Fourth official

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

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