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Perfect Spain extinguish Scotland hopes

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 22.45CET
Spain 3-1 Scotland
David Silva struck twice and David Villa added a third as Scotland's UEFA EURO 2012 hopes vanished with defeat in Alicante.
by Graham Hunter
from Estadio Rico Pérez

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Match statistics

SpainScotland

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts15
 
6
Attempts on target9
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
3
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
5
Offsides3
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
7

Standings

Last updated: 17/11/2012 18:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 22.45CET

Perfect Spain extinguish Scotland hopes

Spain 3-1 Scotland
David Silva struck twice and David Villa added a third as Scotland's UEFA EURO 2012 hopes vanished with defeat in Alicante.

Spain made elegant work of ensuring that they finished Group I with a perfect qualifying record, thus denying Scotland access to the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2012.

The holders' 3-1 victory came courtesy of two goals from David Silva plus David Villa's 50th for his country, meaning that the Czech Republic, winners in Lithuania, sealed second spot in the section and remain in contention for next summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

A majestic first half from the home side, who displayed skill, assurance and clever finishing, took the sting out of their thorny opponents. Traditionally, the time-honoured manner of pacifying dangerous rivals is to score first and to do so quickly. Not for nothing are Vicente del Bosque's troops both world and European champions and, after exchanging initial pleasantries, they constructed a passing movement which would have reached 50 exchanges had Silva not converted debutant Jordi Alba's clever fifth-minute centre.

Until that point, silky Spain had at least found Scotland competitive. But despite the waves of noise descending from the extraordinary away supporters – the Scottish fans having once more travelled in impressive numbers to back their team – Del Bosque's side managed their lead with panache.

Scotland attempted their own passing movements through deft touches from Darren Fletcher, Barry Bannan and Charlie Adam, but the Spaniards were boxing clever. Allan McGregor made a commendable sprawling dive to prevent Villa from making it 2-0, yet for the Alicantinos, who had waited over a decade to see the national team return to a city where they beat Liechtenstein in 2001, there was little suspense.

By half-time Silva, from a Pedro Rodríguez pass, had made it 2-0 and the Manchester City FC attacker finished his outstanding night with a second-half assist for the hungry Villa. Víctor Valdés marked his otherwise calm competitive debut by fouling substitute David Goodwillie for a penalty which the same striker converted with 25 minutes left, but the game ended with Santi Cazorla, and Pedro, wasting clear chances to add Spain's fourth.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.33CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Scotland

Scotland

12
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
Substitution46
3
BardsleyPhil Bardsley
6
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
4
BerraChristophe Berra
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal54
5
G. CaldwellGary Caldwell
8
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
Substitution62
6
AdamCharlie Adam
Substitution63
15
RamosSergio Ramos
Yellow Card37
7
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher (C)
Yellow Card70
Substitution85
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
8
MorrisonJames Morrison
Yellow Card80
18
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
9
Mackail-SmithCraig Mackail-Smith
20
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
10
BannanBarry Bannan
Substitution63
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Goal6
Goal44
Substitution55
11
S. NaismithSteven Naismith

Substitutes

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
12
MarshallDavid Marshall (GK)
4
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
13
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
9
TorresFernando Torres
14
Cowie Don Cowie
Substitution85
13
Juan MataJuan Mata
15
RobsonBarry Robson
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Substitution46
16
ForrestJames Forrest
Substitution63
19
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution62
17
GoodwillieDavid Goodwillie
Substitution63
Goal66
Yellow Card74
22
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
Substitution55
18
McManusStephen McManus

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Craig Levein (SCO)

Referee

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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