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Holders Spain too strong for Liechtenstein

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.45CET
Liechtenstein 0-4 Spain
Fernando Torres struck twice and David Villa and David Silva once each to get the holders' Group I campaign off to an ominous start.
by Graham Hunter
from Rheinpark Stadium

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Match statistics

LiechtensteinSpain

Goals scored0
4
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts3
 
22
Attempts on target1
 
15
Attempts off target2
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
11
Offsides0
3
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
10

Standings

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

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Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.45CET

Holders Spain too strong for Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein 0-4 Spain
Fernando Torres struck twice and David Villa and David Silva once each to get the holders' Group I campaign off to an ominous start.

Reigning European champions Spain started their campaign to reach the 2012 finals with an emphatic 4-0 away win against Liechtenstein.

Spain travelled to Vaduz on a high following their FIFA World Cup triumph this summer and duly strolled to victory thanks to goals from David Villa, David Silva and a double from the rejuvenated Fernando Torres. That assured Vicente del Bosque's side of a winning margin double the one they mustered on their last visit three years ago and strong start to Group I.

Indeed, had it not been for local hero Peter Jehle, the FC Vaduz goalkeeper who was winning his 80th cap in his home stadium, Spain might have struck six before half-time. Within three minutes of kick-off the 28-year-old had already denied Spain's World Cup final hero, Andrés Iniesta, and clutched a dangerous Villa header.

Del Bosque had emphasised that goal difference "could be crucial" to group victory but Jehle refused the visitors a free ride. Although Liechtenstein were organised and stubborn in their blanket defence, the clever movement and passing of Xavi Hernández and his FC Barcelona team-mate Iniesta consistently gave Torres and Villa chances to test Jehle.

Spain were relentless. Villa and Iniesta's 18th-minute combination freed Liverpool FC striker Torres and his exquisite lob nestled in the far corner. The visitors' metronomic passing continued to wear the hosts down and Villa made it two eight minutes later with a right-footed drive which leaves him one short of Raúl González's record 44 goals for Spain.

Bidu Zaugg's valiant side carved out opportunities of their own and Iker Casillas needed to be alert to save from David Hasler before the break and also to block at the feet of Liechtenstein captain Mario Frick early in the second half.

Torres, however, made it 3-0 with a rasping shot nine minutes after the break for his third goal in two games for club and country after a drought which had stretched back to March. His replacement Silva added the fourth after only five minutes on the pitch. As full time approached Silva set up Villa for what would have been his record-equalling goal only for the striker's shot to come back off the crossbar.  The striker will have another chance in next week's friendly against Argentina, while Liechtenstein travel to Scotland on Tuesday.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.33CET

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Lineups

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Spain

Spain

1
JehlePeter Jehle (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
2
L. EberleLucas Eberle
Substitution45
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
3
Mic. StocklasaMichael Stocklasa
4
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
5
OehriYves Oehri
Substitution46
6
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution65
6
StocklasaMartin Stocklasa
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal26
10
M. FrickMario Frick (C)
8
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution46
11
BurgmeierFranz Burgmeier
9
TorresFernando Torres
Goal18
Goal54
Substitution57
15
D. HaslerDavid Hasler
Yellow Card40
11
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
16
ErnePhilippe Erne
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
20
WieserSandro Wieser
Substitution82
15
RamosSergio Ramos
23
PolverinoMichele Polverino
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets

Substitutes

12
BiçerCengiz Biçer (GK)
23
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
4
RechsteinerMartin Rechsteiner
Substitution45
10
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution46
8
R. BüchelRonny Büchel
Substitution82
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
17
HanselmannRony Hanselmann
18
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution65
18
N. HaslerNicolas Hasler
19
LlorenteFernando Llorente
19
D'EliaFabio D'Elia
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution57
Goal62
22
VogtFranz-Josef Vogt
Substitution46
22
Jesús NavasJesús Navas

Coach

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

Referee

Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)

Assistant referees

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR), Çem Satman (TUR)

Fourth official

Halis Özkahya (TUR)

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