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Spain march on with perfect record

Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 22.36CET
Kazakhstan 1-2 Spain
Juan Ramón López Caro's Spain made it seven victories in succession to book their place in the draw for the play-offs as the winners of Group 4.
by Aleksandr Keplin
from Almaty
Spain march on with perfect record
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Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 22.36CET

Spain march on with perfect record

Kazakhstan 1-2 Spain
Juan Ramón López Caro's Spain made it seven victories in succession to book their place in the draw for the play-offs as the winners of Group 4.

Spain made it seven successive victories by defeating Kazakhstan 2-1 to book their place in the draw for the play-offs as winners of Group 4.

Perfect record
Spain travelled to Almaty with an unblemished record in the section, though that was in doubt going into the final few minutes after Yerzat Kenbaev cancelled out Esteban Granero's 24th-minute goal for the visitors on the hour. However, Talgat Sabalakov put through his own net late on to leave the Iberians targeting a perfect qualification programme when they sign off against Russia in Palencia on Tuesday.

Set-piece opener
New Spain coach Juan Ramón López Caro had enjoyed a debut to remember when his side won in Russia last time out, and Spain were soon in control of their concluding away game tonight. Kazakhstan were restricted to long-range shots, while Sisi and Juan Mata – who went close from distance on 19 minutes – proved a lively presence for Spain before Getafe CF midfielder Granero curled a free-kick from the left into the corner of Andrey Shabanov's goal.

Xisco chance
Kazakhstan could have restored parity within minutes as Kenbaev narrowly failed to connect with a fine cross from Tanat Nusserbayev, although they were fortunate to still be in contention just before the break as Sisinio, Juan Mata and Xisco raced clear of the offside trap, only for the third-mentioned to miss from two metres, albeit under pressure from Vladimir Noskov.

Late drama
Kenbaev showed the new Newcastle United FC signing how to do it on the hour, making Gerard Piqué pay for a slip by holding off two other defenders and slotting the ball in. The home team were not without opportunities to win the game, something Spain did in the 87th minute when Sabalakov inadvertently turned in Raúl García's cross from the left.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.29CET

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Lineups

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Spain

Spain

1
ShabanovAndrei Shabanov (GK)
1
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
2
ShevchenkoIvan Shevchenko
2
Miguel TorresMiguel Torres
Yellow Card60
3
ZhumabayevAbzal Zhumabayev
3
MonrealNacho Monreal
5
KislitsynAleksandr Kislitsyn
4
PiquéGerard Piqué
7
NusserbayevTanat Nusserbayev
5
Javi GarcíaJavi García
8
NoskovVladimir Noskov
Yellow Card76
Substitution76
6
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García (C)
Yellow Card78
Substitution90
11
KenbaevYerzat Kenbaev
Goal59
7
SisiSisi
13
NurgaliyevAzat Nurgaliyev
Substitution46
8
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
Yellow Card88
14
LogvinenkoYuri Logvinenko (C)
Yellow Card42
9
XiscoXisco
Substitution69
16
IbrayevSabyrkhan Ibrayev
Yellow Card43
Substitution90
10
GraneroEsteban Granero
Goal26
Yellow Card83
Substitution83
24
SabalakovTalgat Sabalakov
Goal87
11
Juan MataJuan Mata
Yellow Card48

Substitutes

18
BaginskiYaroslav Baginski (GK)
13
FabriFabri (GK)
4
VorotnikovIlia Vorotnikov
12
MartínezAngel Martínez
Substitution90
6
ShakhmetovMarat Shakhmetov
Substitution76
14
CrespoJosé Ángel Crespo
9
MaltsevGleb Maltsev
Substitution90
15
ArzoCésar Arzo
15
BorovskiVadim Borovski
Substitution46
Yellow Card48
16
Jonathan PereiraJonathan Pereira
Substitution83
21
BeissenovBekzat Beissenov
17
ParejoDaniel Parejo
23
ErbesVyacheslav Erbes
18
José CallejónJosé Callejón
Substitution69

Coach

Bernd Storck (GER) Juan Ramon Lopez Caro (ESP)

Referee

Hannes Kaasik (EST)

Assistant referees

Hannes Reinvald (EST), Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)

Fourth official

Silver Koiv (EST)

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