Qualifying round (Group I) - 07/10/2011 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time) - Stadion Letná - Prague
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Spain sail on in the Czech Republic

Published: Friday 7 October 2011, 23.07CET
Czech Republic 0-2 Spain
Goals from Juan Mata and Xabi Alonso secured Spain's seventh successive Group I win and opened the door for Scotland to finish in second place.
by Ian Holyman
from Prague
Spain sail on in the Czech Republic
Juan Mata set Spain on their way after seven minutes in Prague ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Czech RepublicSpain

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts2
 
11
Attempts on target0
5
Attempts off target2
 
5
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners1
 
6
Offsides1
 
4
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed4
 
6
Fouls suffered6
 
4

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 7 October 2011, 23.07CET

Spain sail on in the Czech Republic

Czech Republic 0-2 Spain
Goals from Juan Mata and Xabi Alonso secured Spain's seventh successive Group I win and opened the door for Scotland to finish in second place.

First-half goals from Juan Mata and Xabi Alonso maintained Spain's 100% record in qualifying Group I with a 2-0 win in the Czech Republic that throws the race for second place in the section wide open.

Vicente del Bosque had insisted his team would not lack motivation despite having already secured qualification prior to arriving in Prague. Mata and Alonso proved him right as they both found the net within 23 minutes, leaving the Czechs − who had Tomáš Hübschman dismissed midway through the second half − waiting anxiously on Scotland's result in Liechtenstein on Saturday.

The hosts had spoken of their desire to keep the visitors on the back foot, but the world and European champions are not used to being dictated to. After a trademark spell of short passing, Xavi Hernández squeezed the ball past three defenders for Mata to steer beyond the advancing Petr Čech and ruin the hosts' plans as early as the seventh minute.

Rattled by the early setback, Michal Bílek's men struggled to respond, and the size of their task increased when David Silva and Fernando Torres exchanged passes down the right to allow Silva to dart into the box and pick out the unmarked Alonso.

Seemingly sated, Spain sat back and were almost caught out. Daniel Pudil teed up Tomáš Rosický, who drove wide, before the KRC Genk man sent over a cross that the unmarked Milan Baroš should have brought under control. The ball skidded under the striker's foot, however, thereby epitomising a frustrating opening 45 minutes for the hosts.

Only Michal Kadlec's attentions stopped Torres seriously troubling Chelsea FC team-mate Čech with a close-range header after the break, and Hübschman's wild challenge on Alonso merely compounded the hosts' problems ahead of their match in Lithuania on Tuesday. It could have been worse as a Čech save and then the woodwork prevented Javi Martínez giving Spain the greater margin of victory their display deserved.

Last updated: 08/10/11 21.45CET

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