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Spain bounce back with Luxembourg success

Published: Sunday 12 October 2014, 23.00CET
Luxembourg 0-4 Spain
Vicente del Bosque's side bounced back from their first qualifying defeat in eight years to comfortably see off the hosts in Group C.

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Match statistics

LuxembourgSpain

Goals scored0
4
Possession (%)34
 
66
Total attempts10
 
21
on target7
 
8
off target2
 
9
blocked1
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
6
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
7
Fouls suffered7
 
16

Standings

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Published: Sunday 12 October 2014, 23.00CET

Spain bounce back with Luxembourg success

Luxembourg 0-4 Spain
Vicente del Bosque's side bounced back from their first qualifying defeat in eight years to comfortably see off the hosts in Group C.

Spain return to winning ways after first qualifying defeat in eight years
David Silva opens scoring; Paco Alcácer doubles lead before the break
Diego Costa scores first international goal; Juan Bernat registers on debut
Andrés Iniesta captains Spain for first time
Next games: Luxembourg v Ukraine, Spain v Belarus (15 November)

Spain bounced back from the disappointment of losing their first qualifying game in eight years with a convincing win away at Luxembourg in Group C.

Vicente del Bosque made four changes following Spain's defeat by Slovakia and goals from David Silva, Paco Alcácer, Diego Costa and Juan Bernat were enough for the youthful-looking European champions, who were captained for the first time by midfielder Andrés Iniesta.

The opening minutes set the tone for the rest of the match, with Spain dominating possession and Luxembourg intent on soaking up pressure. Goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert twice denied Costa early on as the visitors looked for the breakthrough, which eventually came through Silva, who fired an unstoppable drive into the top corner after 27 minutes from just outside the box.

The goal brought a sense of relief for Spain, who then stepped up a gear and played with more freedom. Costa was again involved shortly after, latching onto a long ball before miscuing his shot when one-on-one with Joubert. Strike partner Alcácer endured no such problems, though, firing in Silva's cutback five minutes from half-time to double the lead and give the forward three goals in three competitive games for La Roja.

The second half followed a similar pattern to that of the first, with Spain on the front foot, and 20 minutes from time Costa was eventually able to score his first international goal after a scramble in the box following a Koke free-kick. Juan Bernat, making his debut after coming on as a second-half substitute, rounded off the scoring on the counterattack with three minutes to go.

Last updated: 03/06/15 3.06CET

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Lineups

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Spain

Spain

1
JoubertJonathan Joubert (GK)
13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
2
ChanotMaxime Chanot
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
Yellow Card75
3
JänischMathias Jänisch
5
BusquetsSergio Busquets
6
PhilippsChris Philipps
6
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
Substitution70
7
GersonLars Gerson
8
KokeKoke
8
C. MartinsChristopher Martins
Substitution61
9
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
Goal42
9
Da MotaDaniel Da Mota
Substitution75
15
BartraMarc Bartra
11
BensiStefano Bensi
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
17
MutschMario Mutsch (C)
Substitution86
19
Diego CostaDiego Costa
Yellow Card63
Goal69
Substitution82
18
JansLaurent Jans
Yellow Card68
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Goal27
Substitution70
19
HolterDwayn Holter
Yellow Card43
22
CarvajalDani Carvajal

Substitutes

12
MorisAnthony Moris (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
4
HoffmannEric Hoffmann
23
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
5
SchnellTom Schnell
2
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
10
PayalBen Payal
Substitution75
4
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
13
JoachimAurélien Joachim
7
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
14
LaterzaTom Laterza
10
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
16
MartinsMarvin Martins
11
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution70
20
TurpelDavid Turpel
Substitution61
12
BernatJuan Bernat
Substitution70
Goal88
21
DevilleMaurice Deville
Substitution86
14
A. IturraspeAnder Iturraspe
22
LuisiAntonio Luisi
16
JuanfranJuanfran
17
RodrigoRodrigo
Substitution82
20
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla

Coach

Luc Holtz (LUX) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Pawel Gil (POL)

Assistant referees

Piotr Sadczuk (POL), Marcin Borkowski (POL)

Fourth official

Konrad Sapela (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Bartosz Frankowski (POL), Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)

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