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Villa leads Spanish stroll in Alps

Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.51CET
Liechtenstein 0-2 Spain Two early David Villa strikes gave Spain a comfortable victory as they climbed into the top two positions in Group F.
Villa leads Spanish stroll in Alps
David Villa scores his spectacular second goal in Liechtenstein ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LiechtensteinSpain

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
12
Corners2
 
11
Fouls committed15
 
11
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.51CET

Villa leads Spanish stroll in Alps

Liechtenstein 0-2 Spain Two early David Villa strikes gave Spain a comfortable victory as they climbed into the top two positions in Group F.

Spain eased into the qualifying berths at the top of Group F after two David Villa goals earned a comfortable 2-0 victory over Liechtenstein in Vaduz. The Valencia CF striker put the visitors in firm control by scoring twice inside the first 14 minutes - raising his total to seven in seven qualifers - but spurned the chance of a hat-trick by missing an injury-time penalty.

Fourth straight win
Luis Aragonés, the Spain coach, had announced before the game that he would be stepping down at the conclusion of his side's UEFA EURO 2008™ campaign. He expects this will be in Austria and Switzerland next summer and the likelihood of Spain reaching the finals increased here in the neighbouring Alpine principality of Liechtenstein, their fourth straight win lifting them into second place in Group F.

Early breakthrough
Villa broke the deadlock when Cesc Fabregas threaded the ball between two blue-shirted defenders and the little No7 carried it around goalkeeper Peter Jehle before converting. He doubled the lead with a superb overhead kick, finishing acrobatically after Valencia colleague David Silva had crossed from the left.

Damage limitation
Liechtentenstein had gone into this match buoyed by a draw in Iceland last weekend and they gave their fans brief hope of an equaliser to Villa's opener when Michele Polverino warmed Pepe Reina's hands with a fiercely struck drive. However, it quickly became an exercise in damage limitation for the hosts. Sergio Ramos headed narrowly wide shortly before the half-hour, then Andrés Iniesta struck the side-netting after captain Joaquín Sánchez had put him through.

Spanish profligacy
Spain's supremacy was such that at times they were guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net. Although Liechtenstein's Franz Burgmeier curled a shot against the angle of post and crossbar just after the hour, it was otherwise one-way traffic. Substitute Luis Garcia missed an open goal while Villa wasted several clear opportunities of a hat-trick, notably by crashing a late penalty against the bar. As it was, Spain, who will resume their campaign in Iceland in September, had to settle for 2-0.

Last updated: 07/06/07 0.45CET

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Lineups

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Spain

Spain

1
JehlePeter Jehle (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
23
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
3
Mic. StocklasaMichael Stocklasa
Substitution29
2
Javi NavarroJavi Navarro
4
HaslerDaniel Hasler (C)
Yellow Card80
4
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
6
StocklasaMartin Stocklasa
15
RamosSergio Ramos
21
RitzbergerMarco Ritzberger
20
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Substitution52
8
R. BüchelRonny Büchel
Yellow Card38
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
11
BurgmeierFranz Burgmeier
Yellow Card69
16
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
27
PolverinoMichele Polverino
17
JoaquínJoaquín (C)
20
RohrerRaphael Rohrer
Substitution59
18
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Yellow Card6
Substitution67
10
FrickMario Frick
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution77
9
BeckThomas Beck
Substitution82
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal8
Goal14
 90+3

Substitutes

18
SteubleDaniel Steuble (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
2
M. TelserMartin Telser
Substitution29
3
Antonio LópezAntonio López
Substitution52
5
RitterChristof Ritter
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
14
W. KieberWolfgang Kieber
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
16
R. BeckRoger Beck
Substitution82
9
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution67
17
D. FrickDaniel Frick
Substitution59
10
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution77
22
VogtFranz-Josef Vogt
19
Ángel LópezÁngel López

Coach

Hans-Peter Zaugg (SUI) Luis Aragonés Suárez (ESP)

Referee

Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)

Fourth official

Alexandre Gonchar (RUS)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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