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EURO holders Spain brush FYROM aside

Published: Monday 8 September 2014, 22.57CET
Spain 5-1 FYROM
Paco Alcácer struck and Sergio Busquets scored his first goal in 69 caps as Vicente del Bosque's side made an impressive start to EURO qualifying.
by Graham Hunter
from Estadi Ciutat de València

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Match statistics

SpainFYR Macedonia

Goals scored5
 
1
Possession (%)62
 
38
Total attempts22
 
8
on target8
 
5
off target6
 
2
blocked8
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners8
 
5
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
11
Fouls suffered8
 
7

Standings

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Published: Monday 8 September 2014, 22.57CET

EURO holders Spain brush FYROM aside

Spain 5-1 FYROM
Paco Alcácer struck and Sergio Busquets scored his first goal in 69 caps as Vicente del Bosque's side made an impressive start to EURO qualifying.

Local boy Paco Alcácer marks his competitive debut with a goal early on
Sergio Busquets is also on target with his first goal in what was his 69th international
Sergio Ramos revives memories of the UEFA EURO 2012 semis with a 'Panenka' penalty
Tome Pacovski superb against the European champions in the FYROM goal
Next games: FYROM v Luxembourg, Slovakia v Spain (9 October)

Spain immediately took control at the top of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group C with a remorseless and thoroughly entertaining 5-1 victory over the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Valencia.

Vicente del Bosque's side showed no anxiety or after-effects from their early elimination from the FIFA World Cup, the retirement of linchpins Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernández or a lengthy injury list. Mobile and full of creativity from the off, the UEFA European Championship title holders sparked chance after chance.

They merited their lead when Sergio Ramos used his 'Panenka' technique to chip Tome Pacovski from the penalty spot in the 16th minute. And in the blink of an eye it was 2-0 as Juanfran's back-post volley reached Valencia CF's Paco Alcácer, 17 minutes into his competitive debut, and he hammered home.

Agim Ibraimi, the visitors' most impressive outfield performer, got his reward from the spot after Juanfran was adjudged to have impeded Aleksandar Trajkovski soon before the half-hour. Spain's captain Iker Casillas went one way, the ball the other.

Pacovski excelled between then and the break, saving from Pedro Rodríguez and David Silva (twice) before a goal-bound Alcácer shot was somehow diverted over. Sergio Busquets's first goal for Spain made it 3-1 before the interval and almost immediately after it FYROM were napping as Silva had time and space in the box to thump in the fourth with his left foot.

Casillas topped off his own fine night with another classy stop from Ibraimi, and Pedro capped a fine team performance in added time with a delightful chip following Silva's through ball. But for misses from Isco, Pedro and Silva, Spain's victory could have been even more handsome – yet 5-1 is not a bad start to their title defence.

Last updated: 03/06/15 4.53CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013823/postmatch/report/index.html#spain+brush+fyrom+aside

Lineups

Spain

Spain

FYR Macedonia

FYR Macedonia

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
PacovskiTome Pacovski (GK) (C)
2
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
4
CuculiArdian Cuculi
5
JuanfranJuanfran
5
MojsovDaniel Mojsov
8
KokeKoke
Yellow Card36
Substitution77
6
SikovVance Sikov
9
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
Goal17
Substitution57
7
TrajkovskiAleksandar Trajkovski
10
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Yellow Card83
9
JahovićAdis Jahović
11
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Goal90+1
10
IbraimiAgim Ibraimi
Goal28
15
RamosSergio Ramos
Goal16
Substitution68
13
RistovskiStefan Ristovski
Yellow Card14
16
Sergio BusquetsSergio Busquets
Goal45+3
15
AlioskiEgzijan Alioski
Substitution46
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
19
AbdurahimiBesart Abdurahimi
Yellow Card26
Substitution74
21
David SilvaDavid Silva
Goal50
20
SpirovskiStefan Spirovski
Substitution64

Substitutes

23
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
22
BogatinovMartin Bogatinov (GK)
13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
12
NaumovskiKristijan Naumovski (GK)
3
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
2
TodorovskiAleksandar Todorovski
4
BartraMarc Bartra
Substitution68
3
DamchevskiAleksandar Damchevski
7
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
8
DemiriMuhamed Demiri
Substitution46
14
A. IturraspeAnder Iturraspe
11
HasaniFeran Hasani
17
San JoséMikel San José
14
VelkoskiDarko Velkoski
19
El HaddadiMunir El Haddadi
Substitution77
16
VelkoskiKrste Velkoski
Substitution74
20
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
17
RadeskiMarjan Radeski
Substitution64
22
IscoIsco
Substitution57
18
GlisicDarko Glisic
21
RistevskiKire Ristevski
23
KostovskiJovan Kostovski

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Boshko Djurovski (MKD)

Referee

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)

Fourth official

Christos Akrivos (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Ilias Spathas (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

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