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'Brilliant' Spain beat Switzerland again

Published: Monday 14 November 2011, 23.44CET
Spain 3-0 Switzerland
Two players who started June's final against Switzerland, Iker Muniain and Thiago Alcántara, were on target in a fifth successive qualifying win for Spain.
'Brilliant' Spain beat Switzerland again
Luis Milla hailed Spain's display against Switzerland as 'brilliant' ©Action Images
Published: Monday 14 November 2011, 23.44CET

'Brilliant' Spain beat Switzerland again

Spain 3-0 Switzerland
Two players who started June's final against Switzerland, Iker Muniain and Thiago Alcántara, were on target in a fifth successive qualifying win for Spain.

Spain's relentless charge towards the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying play-offs continued with a fifth consecutive victory in Group 5.

Facing the nation they defeated in this summer's final, Switzerland, Luis Milla's side had all but wrapped up the points by half-time courtesy of goals from Iker Muniain, Thiago Alcántara and Marc Bartra.

Muniain paved the way for La Roja's latest success with the opener on eight minutes, heading in a cross from the left by Planas. Like Muniain, Alcántara also started in the Aarhus showpiece five months ago and he doubled the lead from the spot after Fabio Daprelà had fouled Isco. Bartra rounded off the scoring in added time when he nodded in a corner from FC Barcelona team-mate Alcántara.

Milla, whose side are now five points clear of second-placed Switzerland, said: "I have to congratulate my team as much for their attitude as to the way they played. They were brilliant, above all in the first half. Before taking to the pitch we spoke of the importance of starting well.

"It's hard to know whether or not that was the best first half I've seen in a long time. We were crowned European champions in the summer but the great thing is that good players are continuing to come through. We have to continue along this path − the process of qualifying remains on track."

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.12CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2013/matches/round=2000192/match=2006870/postmatch/report/index.html#five+spain

Lineups

Spain

Spain

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
1
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
2
MontoyaMartín Montoya
2
T. XhakaTaulant Xhaka
Substitution46
3
PlanasCarles Planas
3
DaprelàFabio Daprelà
Yellow Card25
4
BartraMarc Bartra
Goal45+1
4
R. KochRaphael Koch
Yellow Card80
5
Iñigo MartínezIñigo Martínez
5
P. KochPhilippe Koch (C)
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
Yellow Card11
Substitution46
6
BashaVullnet Basha
Yellow Card13
7
MuniainIker Muniain
Goal8
7
Ben KhalifaNassim Ben Khalifa
Substitution79
8
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara (C)
Goal26
Yellow Card59
8
TokoNzuzi Toko
9
RodrigoRodrigo
Substitution75
9
SeferovicHaris Seferovic
Yellow Card64
10
IscoIsco
10
KasamiPajtim Kasami
11
SarabiaPablo Sarabia
Substitution57
11
St. ZuberSteven Zuber
Substitution69

Substitutes

13
MariñoDiego Mariño (GK)
12
SiegristBenjamin Siegrist (GK)
12
MalloMallo
14
LangMichael Lang
14
Marc MuniesaMarc Muniesa
15
KamberJanick Kamber
15
KokeKoke
Substitution46
Yellow Card83
16
WissAlain Wiss
Substitution46
16
Juan CarlosJuan Carlos
Substitution75
17
BuffOliver Buff
Substitution69
17
Isaac CuencaIsaac Cuenca
Substitution57
18
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution79
18
Álvaro VázquezÁlvaro Vázquez
19
WüthrichSébastien Wüthrich

Coach

Luis Milla (ESP) Pierluigi Tami (SUI)

Referee

Paolo Valeri (ITA)

Assistant referees

Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA), Andrea Marzaloni (ITA)

Fourth official

Daniele Doveri (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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