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Champions Spain through after Luxembourg stroll

Published: Friday 9 October 2015, 23.12CET
Spain 4-0 Luxembourg
Santi Cazorla and Paco Alcácer scored two each as the European champions confirmed their passage to UEFA EURO 2016 as Group C winners.
by Graham Hunter
from Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas

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Match statistics

SpainLuxembourg

Goals scored4
 
0
Possession (%)68
 
32
Total attempts27
 
8
on target9
 
1
off target10
 
4
blocked8
 
3
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners8
 
2
Offsides10
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
9

Standings

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Published: Friday 9 October 2015, 23.12CET

Champions Spain through after Luxembourg stroll

Spain 4-0 Luxembourg
Santi Cazorla and Paco Alcácer scored two each as the European champions confirmed their passage to UEFA EURO 2016 as Group C winners.

  • European champions qualify for UEFA EURO 2016 as Group C winners
  • Santi Cazorla opens and closes scoring either side of two Paco Alcácer strikes
  • Spain lose David Silva and Álvaro Morata to first-half injuries
  • Iker Casillas's clean sheet takes Spain to second-longest run without conceding competitive goal
  • Final qualifiers: Ukraine v Spain, Luxembourg v Slovakia (Monday)

Spain will have the chance to become the first team to win the UEFA European Championship three times in a row, confirming their UEFA EURO 2016 place with a 4-0 victory over Luxembourg in Logrono.

Two goals apiece for Santi Cazorla and substitute Paco Alcácer put the 2008 and 2012 tournament winners through to France next summer.

However, it was not as straightforward as the result suggests. As the spurned first-half chances accumulated, the more nervous among La Roja's supporters would have chewed their fingernails at the sight of David Silva and Álvaro Morata, two of Spain's more likely scorers, limping and being stretchered off respectively inside the first 33 minutes.

Even so, Juanfran rampaged down the right to good effect yet Jordi Alba, at the back post, spooned the first opportunity over. Morata himself was shooting on sight but without impact. Against that, however, Gerard Piqué – who had been both whistled and cheered by the Las Gaunas crowd – made a brave interception to rob Stefano Bensi near Spain's goalmouth.

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Santi Cazorla scored twice

The aperitif to the opener came midway through the first half when Marc Bartra won a tackle in his area to initiate a flowing one-touch move ended with Cazorla smacking a pile-driver off the Luxembourg crossbar.

The latter went one better three minutes before half-time. After Jonathan Joubert saved Pedro Rodríguez's shot from a Juanfran cross, the rebound fell for the Arsenal midfielder to ram it into the net.

Luc Holtz's team worked fiendishly hard in their pressing to ensure Spain couldn't cut loose but the more the match went on, the more a second goal seemed immiment given the hosts' domination.

So it proved. In the 67th minute a Cesc Fàbregas through ball left Alcácer alone against Joubert and he slid home easily. Then, with ten minutes left, Alba hared towards the byline to rescue a Pedro pass and was rewarded when the Valencia striker touched the ensuing delivery into an open net.

Spain's procession was complete when Nolito invited Cazorla to let fly from 20 metres – which he did with some aplomb.

Last updated: 12/10/15 19.38CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014032/postmatch/report/index.html#champions+spain+through

Lineups

Spain

Spain

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
JoubertJonathan Joubert (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
2
ChanotMaxime Chanot
4
BartraMarc Bartra
4
DelgadoRicardo Delgado
5
BusquetsSergio Busquets
7
GersonLars Gerson
7
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Substitution33
8
C. MartinsChristopher Martins
Substitution79
10
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
10
PayalBen Payal
11
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Yellow Card55
Substitution77
11
BensiStefano Bensi
Yellow Card20
Substitution64
16
JuanfranJuanfran
13
JoachimAurélien Joachim
Substitution90
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
14
MalgetKevin Malget
Yellow Card54
20
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Goal42
Goal85
17
MutschMario Mutsch (C)
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution11
18
JansLaurent Jans

Substitutes

23
RicoSergio Rico (GK)
23
AmodioAndrea Amodio (GK)
12
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
12
MorisAnthony Moris (GK)
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
3
JänischMathias Jänisch
6
San JoséMikel San José
5
SchnellTom Schnell
8
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
9
Da MotaDaniel Da Mota
Substitution79
Yellow Card88
9
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
Substitution33
Goal67
Goal80
15
MartinoMassimo Martino
13
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution11
16
S. ThillSébastien Thill
14
EtxeitaXabier Etxeita
20
TurpelDavid Turpel
Substitution90
15
NachoNacho
21
DevilleMaurice Deville
Substitution64
17
Mario GasparMario Gaspar
22
LuisiAntonio Luisi
19
NolitoNolito
Substitution77
22
IscoIsco

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Luc Holtz (LUX)

Referee

Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Yves De Neve (BEL), Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)

Fourth official

Danny Huens (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Jonathan Lardot (BEL), Erik Lambrechts (BEL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution