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Record-breaker Villa rides to Spain's rescue

Published: Friday 25 March 2011, 23.59CET
Spain 2-1 Czech Republic
David Villa became his country's all-time top scorer with a second-half double after the visitors had taken the lead in Granada.
by Graham Hunter
from Los Cármenes
Record-breaker Villa rides to Spain's rescue
Spanish players rush to congratulate David Villa on his winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SpainCzech Republic

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts22
 
1
Attempts on target11
 
1
Attempts off target11
 
0
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners12
 
2
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
16
Fouls suffered15
 
10

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 25 March 2011, 23.59CET

Record-breaker Villa rides to Spain's rescue

Spain 2-1 Czech Republic
David Villa became his country's all-time top scorer with a second-half double after the visitors had taken the lead in Granada.

Two outstanding David Villa goals in the second half gave the Spain striker his country's all-time scoring record plus three points to Vicente Del Bosque's side against a daring Czech Republic.

Michal Bílek's team had led the UEFA EURO 2012 Group I qualifier thanks to a crashing Jaroslav Plašil drive just before the half-hour, but Villa chose the most appropriate and spectacular manner to eclipse Raúl Gonzàlez's goal tally. His second, a 73rd-minute penalty, came soon after the FC Barcelona man had set the record outright with his 45th strike in 72 appearances.

Although the European and world champions looked lethargic for much of the first half, their visitors − structured, quick and decisive in their play − deserved credit for the shock lead. Bílek asked his two central midfielders, Plašil and Tomáš Hübschman, to form a footballing pincer so that Villa, isolated as the sole striker in the first period, had no room for manoeuvre when the two centre-backs squeezed up.

The Czechs earned reward with their shock lead. Villa's 25th-minute volley, slapped away by Petr Čech, was the precursor to Plašil rasping a drive in off Iker Casillas's left-hand post from 30 metres. Del Bosque's men struggled to get out of first gear but Villa laid siege to Čech's goal. Twice before the break, with a header from Alvaro Arbeloa's right-wing cross and a neat turn and shot, he drew saves.

However, the real sea change came when Del Bosque withdrew first Xabi Alonso, at half-time, and then Joan Capdevila shortly afterwards so that Fernando Torres and Santi Cazorla could increase Spain's firepower. Andrés Iniesta dropped into a familiar midfield role and ran the match.

His crisp pass to feet in the 69th minute helped Villa break the record, and Czech hearts, with a skip past Roman Hubník and a firm shot under Čech. Within four minutes Spain were ahead. Iniesta was felled by Jan Rezek and from the spot Villa crashed his effort into the inside panel of the Czech goal with such power than even the keeper's valiant fingertip dive could not produce a save.

Last updated: 26/03/11 0.36CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
3
KadlecMichal Kadlec
6
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
5
HubníkRoman Hubník
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal69
Goal72
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
8
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
9
RezekJan Rezek
Yellow Card60
Substitution84
11
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Substitution58
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický (C)
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Yellow Card39
Substitution46
11
PudilDaniel Pudil
Substitution78
15
RamosSergio Ramos
12
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch
Yellow Card46
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
13
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
Goal29
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Yellow Card84
15
BarošMilan Baroš
22
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution86
17
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman

Substitutes

23
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
16
LaštůvkaJan Laštůvka (GK)
4
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Substitution86
2
KušnírOndřej Kušnír
5
IraolaAndoni Iraola
4
RajnochJan Rajnoch
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution46
7
NecidTomáš Necid
Substitution84
19
LlorenteFernando Llorente
8
PolákJan Polák
20
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution58
14
HloušekAdam Hloušek
Substitution78
21
SilvaDavid Silva
21
MorávekJan Morávek

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Michal Bílek (CZE)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Gabor Erös (HUN), György Ring (HUN)

Fourth official

Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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