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Spain beat Netherlands to top Group B

Published: Wednesday 12 June 2013, 19.55CET
Spain 3-0 Netherlands
Álvaro Morata, Isco and Álvaro Vázquez scored as the holders pipped the Jong Oranje to top spot in Group B and set up a semi-final against Norway.
by Simon Hart
from Ha Moshava

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Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
4
Corners2
 
6
Fouls committed9
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
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Published: Wednesday 12 June 2013, 19.55CET

Spain beat Netherlands to top Group B

Spain 3-0 Netherlands
Álvaro Morata, Isco and Álvaro Vázquez scored as the holders pipped the Jong Oranje to top spot in Group B and set up a semi-final against Norway.

Defending champions Spain made it three wins out of three in Israel as they beat the Netherlands 3-0 to secure first place in Group B and set up a semi-final meeting with Norway.

Julen Lopetegui's men had struck late winners in their two previous fixtures but this time they took a grip on the game early at a lively Ha Moshava Stadium, with Álvaro Morata – scoring for the third game running – and Isco putting them two goals in front inside 32 minutes, before Álvaro Vázquez added a late third. For the Netherlands, who featured a completely changed lineup from Sunday's win against Russia, the defeat means they will now face Group A winners Italy in the last four on Saturday.

Spain began with changes too – seven, to be precise, with Morata, the super-sub of the last two games, getting his first start and he continued where he had left off against Germany with the breakthrough goal after 26 minutes. Although Isco's attempted through ball to Morata was stopped by the outstretched leg of Mike van der Hoorn, the Dutchman unwittingly prodded the ball straight to Pablo Sarabia and was then a helpless spectator as Sarabia's low ball across goal was tapped in by Morata, his old team-mate at Real Madrid Castilla.

Van der Hoorn had a chance to make amends when Iñigo Martínez failed to deal with Memphis Depay's deflected free-kick, leaving the centre-back clear in front of David De Gea but the goalkeeper saved. Instead Spain doubled the lead as Iker Muniain threaded a ball through to meet Isco's darting run between the Netherlands centre-backs. The Málaga CF man needed just one touch to set himself up to lift the ball high over Marco Bizot.

Although Vázquez and Asier Illarramendi went close to adding to Spain's lead, it took some excellent goalkeeping from De Gea to maintain their unblemished defensive record in the second period, notably when tipping Depay's dipping 30-metre free-kick on to the crossbar. He also saved well from Adam Maher before Danny Hoesen hit the crossbar on the follow-up. Soon after Spain broke to the other end and grabbed their third goal with Sarabia crossing for Vázquez to tap in. That makes it 24 competitive fixtures unbeaten for the Spanish; over to you, Norway.

Last updated: 16/06/13 1.01CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
16
BizotMarco Bizot (GK)
4
NachoNacho
6
ClasieJordy Clasie
6
Iñigo MartínezIñigo Martínez
7
JozefzoonFlorian Jozefzoon
10
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara (C)
Substitution79
12
LeerdamKelvin Leerdam
12
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Goal26
Yellow Card90+2
13
Van Der HoornMike van der Hoorn
14
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
Substitution52
14
NuytinckBram Nuytinck (C)
16
ÁlvaroÁlvaro
17
FerLeroy Fer
Yellow Card90
17
SarabiaPablo Sarabia
19
Trindade de VilhenaTonny Trindade de Vilhena
Substitution71
19
MuniainIker Muniain
20
Van AanholtPatrick van Aanholt
20
CarvajalDaniel Carvajal
21
HoesenDanny Hoesen
Yellow Card85
22
IscoIsco
Goal32
Substitution62
22
DepayMemphis Depay

Substitutes

23
JoelJoel (GK)
1
ZoetJeroen Zoet (GK)
13
MariñoDiego Mariño (GK)
23
MarsmanNick Marsman (GK)
2
MontoyaMartín Montoya
2
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
3
IllarramendiAsier Illarramendi
Substitution52
Yellow Card56
3
De VrijStefan de Vrij
5
BartraMarc Bartra
4
Martins IndiBruno Martins Indi
8
KokeKoke
5
BlindDaley Blind
9
RodrigoRodrigo
8
StrootmanKevin Strootman
11
TelloCristian Tello
9
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
15
Marc MuniesaMarc Muniesa
Substitution79
10
MaherAdam Maher
Substitution71
18
MorenoAlberto Moreno
11
JohnOla John
21
Álvaro VázquezÁlvaro Vázquez
Substitution62
Goal90+1
15
WijnaldumGeorginio Wijnaldum
18
Van GinkelMarco van Ginkel

Coach

Julen Lopetegui (ESP) Cor Pot (NED)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Roland Brandner (AUT), Alan Mulvanny (SCO)

Fourth official

Danny Krasikow (ISR)

Additional assistant referees

Kenn Hansen (DEN), Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

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