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Spain surge past Liechtenstein to qualify

Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011
Spain 6-0 Liechtenstein
Álvaro Negredo and David Villa both scored twice as Spain ensured they will be in Poland and Ukraine to defend their European title next summer.
by Graham Hunter
from Las Gaunas

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Match statistics

SpainLiechtenstein

Goals scored6
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts14
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
1
Attempts off target7
 
1
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners12
 
2
Offsides7
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed6
 
8
Fouls suffered7
 
6

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011

Spain surge past Liechtenstein to qualify

Spain 6-0 Liechtenstein
Álvaro Negredo and David Villa both scored twice as Spain ensured they will be in Poland and Ukraine to defend their European title next summer.

A combination of power and patience ushered reigning European champions Spain through to UEFA EURO 2012 with a stylish 6-0 win against Liechtenstein.

After a frustrating first half-hour during which Hans-Peter Zaugg's organised outfit suffocated the hosts, Álvaro Negredo scored twice in quick succession and allowed Spain to cut loose. Xavi Hernández added a third before the interval and Sergio Ramos made it four seven minutes after half-time. David Villa scored two more later in the second half to complete a resounding win.

Though it was Negredo whose finish opened the scoring, it was the wonderfully inventive combination of FC Barcelona duo Andrés Iniesta and Villa that teed up the Sevilla FC striker for his second. Iniesta's Azulgrana midfield partner Xavi got in on the act just before break, registering his tenth international goal with a free-kick which assured Spain of a comfortable second half.

Despite not getting on the mark himself, Iniesta must take great credit for the manner in which his patient probing of the Liechtenstein defence established a tempo that the visitors could not keep up with. Indeed it was the man who struck Spain's 2010 FIFA World Cup final winner whose curving cross-field pass allowed Ramos to finish with authority past Peter Jehle.

Though the visitors never let their spirits drop, they had only Marco Ritzberger's first-half effort to show for their endeavour. Spain, meanwhile, could enjoy the luxury of introducing local favourite Fernando Llorente and Thiago Alcántara – for his competitive debut – from the bench.

Thiago slipped in with the same consummate ease as he has done at Barcelona, whose talismanic striker Villa had the final say in Logrono, taking his international tally to 49 with goals after 60 and 79 minutes. It completed a statement of intent, power and confidence from the holders.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.33CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
JehlePeter Jehle (GK)
2
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
3
Mic. StocklasaMichael Stocklasa
6
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
4
RechsteinerMartin Rechsteiner
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal59
Goal79
6
StocklasaMartin Stocklasa
8
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Goal44
Substitution46
9
BeckThomas Beck
Substitution88
11
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Goal33
Goal37
Substitution61
10
M. FrickMario Frick (C)
13
Juan MataJuan Mata
11
BurgmeierFranz Burgmeier
Yellow Card78
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
13
M. BüchelMartin Büchel
Substitution81
15
RamosSergio Ramos
Goal52
Substitution54
15
D. HaslerDavid Hasler
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
20
WieserSandro Wieser
Substitution71
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
21
RitzbergerMarco Ritzberger

Substitutes

12
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
12
BiçerCengiz Biçer (GK)
5
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
19
B. BüchelBenjamin Büchel (GK)
10
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution46
14
W. KieberWolfgang Kieber
Substitution81
18
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
17
HanselmannRony Hanselmann
Substitution88
19
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution61
18
N. HaslerNicolas Hasler
Substitution71
Yellow Card89
21
SilvaDavid Silva
22
KaufmannDaniel Kaufmann
22
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
Substitution54

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Hans-Peter Zaugg (SUI)

Referee

Harald Lechner (AUT)

Assistant referees

Norbert Schwab (AUT), Roland Brandner (AUT)

Fourth official

Rene Eisner (AUT)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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