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Latvia scalp helps Spain make gains

Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.35CET
Spain 2-0 Latvia A goal in each half got Spain's campaign back on track as they moved into the top two positions in Group F.
by Lucy Turner
Latvia scalp helps Spain make gains
Xavi Hernández (left) celebrates scoring ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SpainLatvia

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
0
Attempts off target8
 
1
Corners9
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
10
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.35CET

Latvia scalp helps Spain make gains

Spain 2-0 Latvia A goal in each half got Spain's campaign back on track as they moved into the top two positions in Group F.

A goal in either half from Xavi Hernández and Fernando Torres got Spain's qualifying campaign back on track as they returned to the top two places in Group F, level on points with Sweden.

Key victory
Spain had suffered a setback to their UEFA EURO 2008™ prospects when they drew 1-1 in Iceland last Saturday, but Northern Ireland's defeat in Reykjavik played into their hands and Luis Aragonés's side took advantage with this victory in Oviedo. Xavi broke the deadlock on 13 minutes to settle the hosts' nerves and Torres's effort four minutes from time ensured Spain moved to 19 points alongside leaders Sweden, who have a game in hand, three points ahead of Northern Ireland.

Xavi celebration
Determined to improve on Saturday's showing, Spain began on the offensive and their efforts were rewarded when Xavi celebrated his 50th cap with the opening goal. Joaquín Sánchez delivered a superb cross from the flank and the FC Barcelona midfielder nudged the ball beyond goalkeeper Andris Vanins. Just after the half-hour it was almost 2-0, David Villa directing a free header wide after rising unmarked at a corner. He was almost punished at the other end four minutes later when former Getafe CF striker Maris Verpakovskis got on the end of a quick counterattack, missing Latvia's best chance of the match.

Iniesta influence
Four minutes into the second half Joaquín was left cursing his luck after his shot was deflected on to the woodwork by defender Kaspars Gorkss. Substitute Andrés Iniesta then elicited a fine stop from Vanins eleven minutes after the restart. The hosts struggled to break down an obdurate Latvia defence yet the points were finally sealed when Iniesta began a move that saw Miguel Ángel Angulo bring a save out of Vanins and Fernando Torres follow up to score.

Last updated: 13/09/07 10.24CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Latvia

Latvia

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
30
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK)
15
RamosSergio Ramos
4
ZirnisDzintars Zirnis
4
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
17
KļavaOskars Kļava
20
JuanitoJuanito
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs
3
PerníaMariano Pernía
6
IvanovsDeniss Ivanovs
Yellow Card60
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution77
8
BleidelisImants Bleidelis
Substitution74
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
3
AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs (C)
Yellow Card51
8
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Goal13
5
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution69
10
RubinsAndrejs Rubins
9
TorresFernando Torres
Goal85
20
KarlsonsĢirts Karlsons
Substitution63
7
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution48
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Substitution88

Substitutes

23
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
12
RomanovsDeniss Romanovs (GK)
22
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
7
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
19
Ángel LópezÁngel López
14
BlanksKristaps Blanks
Substitution88
5
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
15
SoloņicinsGenadijs Soloņicins
16
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution48
16
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution74
18
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution69
24
RimkusVīts Rimkus
11
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
Substitution77
29
PaharsMarians Pahars
Substitution63

Coach

Luis Aragonés Suárez (ESP) Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shmuel Shteif (ISR), Eyal Hatuka (ISR)

Fourth official

Meir Levi (ISR)

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