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Font forces the issue

Published: Friday 3 June 2005, 22.46CET
Spain 2-0 Lithuania Héctor Font and Jonathan Soriano score second-half goals for a crucial Spanish win.
Published: Friday 3 June 2005, 22.46CET

Font forces the issue

Spain 2-0 Lithuania Héctor Font and Jonathan Soriano score second-half goals for a crucial Spanish win.

By Andy Hall

Second-half strikes from Héctor Font and Jonathan Soriano gave Spain victory against Lithuania in Onteniente this evening and kept their hopes alive in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 3.

Reflex save
Spain dominated play for the entire first period but were unable to break though Lithuania's stubborn rearguard. Andrés Iniesta forced a superb reflex save from Mindaugas Malinauskas as early as the fourth minute.

Pressure raised
On 20 minutes, Fernando Llorente fired into the side-netting as Spain increased the pressure then Font curled a shot just over. Lithuania's chances were restricted to a direct free-kick from captain Tomas Mikuckis, which was deflected over.

Spanish goals
Spain were able to capitalise on a much more open second half as Font wriggled his way through a congested box to side-foot inside the far post on 59 minutes. Soriano sealed victory with a sublime lob from 25 metres in the 72nd minute after Spain had lost captain Iniesta to a groin injury.

Big chance
Spain can now catch leaders Belgium on 14 points and overtake Serbia and Montenegro with victory in the only Group 7 game on Tuesday, at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Lithuania, now six points off second place, visit Serbia and Montenegro on 2 September.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.30CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Lithuania

Lithuania

1
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
1
MalinauskasMindaugas Malinauskas (GK)
2
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
4
BagužisMindaugas Bagužis
Yellow Card87
3
PeñaCarlos Peña
5
MikuckisTomas Mikuckis (C)
4
MelliMelli
7
M. KazlauskasMarius Kazlauskas
5
JarqueDaniel Jarque
8
SkroblasAlfredas Skroblas
6
VitoloVitolo
Substitution46
10
KalonasMindaugas Kalonas
Substitution80
7
Héctor FontHéctor Font
Goal59
11
RimkevičiusArturas Rimkevičius
Yellow Card51
Substitution77
8
GabiGabi
Yellow Card88
13
MikoliūnasSaulius Mikoliūnas
Substitution46
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution75
15
LukšaVytautas Lukša
10
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
Substitution66
16
MiceikaDarius Miceika
Yellow Card55
11
GavilánJaime Gavilán
17
PankaMindaugas Panka
Yellow Card88

Substitutes

13
RiesgoAsier Riesgo (GK)
12
KilijonasŠarūnas Kilijonas (GK)
12
ZubiaurreIban Zubiaurre
Substitution66
2
GaurilovasEdvardas Gaurilovas
14
Carlos GarcíaCarlos García
3
KijanskasTadas Kijanskas
15
TarantinoJavier Tarantino
9
KavaliauskasVitalijus Kavaliauskas
Substitution46
16
Jonatan SorianoJonatan Soriano
Substitution46
Goal72
14
ŠidlauskasAndrius Šidlauskas
Substitution77
17
Sergio GarcíaSergio García
Substitution75
18
BartkusAndrius Bartkus
18
JavitoJavito
19
IvaškevičiusKęstutis Ivaškevičius
Substitution80

Coach

José Ignacio Sáez (ESP) Vitalijus Stankevičius (LTU)

Referee

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Assistant referees

Andy Davis (SCO), Alan Cunningham (SCO)

Fourth official

Martin Sproule (SCO)

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