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Morata ensures Spain beat Ukraine

Published: Friday 27 March 2015, 22.40CET
Spain 1-0 Ukraine 
Álvaro Morata scores his first senior goal for Spain to strengthen their hold on a qualifying place.
by Graham Hunter
from Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán

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Match statistics

SpainUkraine

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)64
 
36
Total attempts17
 
11
on target5
 
4
off target7
 
6
blocked5
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners2
 
5
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
25
Fouls suffered24
 
15

Standings

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Published: Friday 27 March 2015, 22.40CET

Morata ensures Spain beat Ukraine

Spain 1-0 Ukraine 
Álvaro Morata scores his first senior goal for Spain to strengthen their hold on a qualifying place.

Álvaro Morata's first Spain goal keeps them within three points of Group C leaders Slovakia
Victory also moves Spain three points ahead of third-placed Ukraine
Ruslan Rotan outstanding for Ukraine; Jordi Alba goes off injured
Sergio Ramos heads against the bar ten years to the week after his first Spanish cap
Next games: Belarus v Spain, Ukraine v Luxembourg (14 June)

Álvaro Morata struck his first Spain goal to gain them three vital UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group C points against Ukraine in Seville.

Spain's lead could not have come at a more valuable time. The match began with the European champions cutting through Ukraine's defence at will – using their full repertoire of one-touch passing and one-twos.

Jordi Alba, David Silva and Morata all had openings within sight of goal but did not profit. Ukraine, for their part, were both patient and able. Whenever they had a dead-ball situation they used it to great effect. Ruslan Rotan's free-kick let Artem Fedetsky volley at will, but he sliced it. Then Rotan himself speared a shot just past Iker Casillas's right-hand post.

So it was with relief the crowd greeted Morata's breakthrough. Andrés Iniesta's switch of play and Koke's superb volleyed pass down the middle was finished by the Juventus man edging the ball over Andriy Pyatov.

For once, just before the interval, Vicente Del Bosque's side showed that they too knew how to work a set piece. Silva's well-flighted ball from the right edge of the box was met by Sergio Ramos whose header smacked the face of the bar.

Throughout the second half La Roja regretted it. Rotan continued to threaten and three times in the space of 15 minutes he drew exceptional saves from Spain's captain. But the defending champions held on to strengthen their grip on a qualifying place, though they lost Alba to injury with 12 minutes left.

Last updated: 02/06/15 3.20CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013920/postmatch/report/index.html#morata+strikes+spain

Lineups

Spain

Spain

Ukraine

Ukraine

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
12
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
3
KhacheridiYevhen Khacheridi
5
BusquetsSergio Busquets
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk (C)
6
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution74
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
Yellow Card72
7
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Goal28
Substitution65
6
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko
Substitution76
8
KokeKoke
7
YarmolenkoAndriy Yarmolenko
15
RamosSergio Ramos
Yellow Card50
8
ZozulyaRoman Zozulya
Substitution32
16
JuanfranJuanfran
10
KonoplyankaYevhen Konoplyanka
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Substitution78
13
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
21
SilvaDavid Silva
14
RotanRuslan Rotan
22
IscoIsco
17
FedetskiyArtem Fedetskiy
Yellow Card16

Substitutes

23
AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
1
BoykoDenys Boyko (GK)
13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
23
RybkaOlexandr Rybka (GK)
2
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
2
BurdaMykyta Burda
4
BartraMarc Bartra
9
GusevOleh Gusev
9
JuanmiJuanmi
11
OliynykDenys Oliynyk
10
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
15
BudkivskiyPylyp Budkivskiy
Substitution90+1
11
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution65
16
MorozyukMykola Morozyuk
12
CarvajalDani Carvajal
18
BezusRoman Bezus
14
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
19
GarmashDenys Garmash
Substitution76
17
BernatJuan Bernat
Substitution78
20
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
19
VitoloVitolo
21
RybalkaSerhiy Rybalka
20
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution74
22
KravetsArtem Kravets
Substitution32
Yellow Card54
Substitution90+1

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Mykhailo Fomenko (UKR)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

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