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Much-changed Spain dominate Belarus

Published: Saturday 15 November 2014, 22.52CET
Spain 3-0 Belarus
Isco, Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodríguez got the goals as Spain dominated their first competitive match in Huelva.
by Graham Hunter
from Estadio Nuevo Colombino

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Match statistics

SpainBelarus

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)72
 
28
Total attempts9
 
10
on target4
 
1
off target3
 
5
blocked2
 
4
against woodwork2
 
1
Corners2
 
5
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed5
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
4

Standings

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Published: Saturday 15 November 2014, 22.52CET

Much-changed Spain dominate Belarus

Spain 3-0 Belarus
Isco, Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodríguez got the goals as Spain dominated their first competitive match in Huelva.

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Next games: Spain v Ukraine, FYR Macedonia v Belarus (27 March)

Spain remain within three points of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group C leaders Slovakia after a dominant performance in which Vicente del Bosque's only regret will be that just Isco, Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodríguez scored.

In tune with the vibrancy of the welcome from a hugely enthusiastic Huelva crowd, savouring their first competitive La Roja fixture, the European champions started with verve and confidence. Despite the absence of experienced playmakers like Andrés Iniesta and David Silva, both injured, the way in which Santi Cazorla, Pedro and, above all, Isco deputised ensured that the blanket Belarus defending did not suffocate the game.

Evidence arrived as early as the seventh minute. Cazorla split the visitors' defence with a slide-rule pass which Pedro, one on one with Yuri Zhevnov, wastefully clipped just wide of the post. Spain's attacking formation mutated from 4-2-4 to 2-3-5 such was their control and the reward finally came when Isco stepped inside his marker and put a searing right-footed shot into the top corner.

Almost instantly the lead was doubled by Busquets who had never scored for Spain before Group C began, but who now has two in the first four qualifying matches. Despite their advantage the home side stalled slightly, Paco Alcácer missing a routine chance for the third from Pedro's cross after half-time. However, an intricate move featuring a Juanfran-Cazorla wall-pass led to Pedro curling in his 16th goal for his country after 55 minutes.

Last updated: 02/06/15 6.43CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Belarus

Belarus

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
2
DragunStanislav Dragun
5
BusquetsSergio Busquets
Goal19
Yellow Card26
Substitution46
3
MartynovichAleksandr Martynovich
Substitution31
8
KokeKoke
8
KornilenkoSergei Kornilenko
Substitution67
9
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
10
KrivetsSergei Krivets
Substitution80
11
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Goal55
13
MatveichikSergei Matveichik
15
RamosSergio Ramos
16
BalanovichSergei Balanovich
Yellow Card45+2
16
JuanfranJuanfran
17
NekhaychikPavel Nekhaychik
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
18
PolitevichSergei Politevich
20
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution69
21
YanushkevichAleksei Yanushkevich
22
IscoIsco
Goal18
Substitution80
23
KalachevTimofei Kalachev (C)
Yellow Card45+2

Substitutes

23
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
12
ChernikSergei Chernik (GK)
13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
22
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
2
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
4
ShitovIgor Shitov
4
BartraMarc Bartra
5
M. VolodkoMaksim Volodko
6
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
7
AleksievichIlya Aleksievich
7
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
9
StasevichIgor Stasevich
10
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Substitution80
11
GordeichukMikhail Gordeichuk
12
NolitoNolito
14
PutiloAnton Putilo
14
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
15
KislyakSergei Kislyak
Substitution80
17
BernatJuan Bernat
19
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
Substitution31
Yellow Card90+3
19
CallejónJosé Callejón
Substitution69
20
SignevichNikolai Signevich
Substitution67
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
Substitution46

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Andrei Zygmantovich (BLR)

Referee

Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Lars Rix (DEN), Henrik Larsen (DEN)

Fourth official

Derya Oguz (DEN)

Additional assistant referees

Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Jens Maae (DEN)

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