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Classy Spain hit Croatia for six

Published: Tuesday 11 September 2012
Spain 6-0 Croatia
The holders and Group 5 winners took their goal tally from eight games to 27 and fired a warning to the other teams in the hat for the play-off draw.
by Santi Solsona
from Estadio José Rico Pérez
Classy Spain hit Croatia for six
Gerard Deulofeu was one of Spain's goalscorers in Alicante ©RFEF
Published: Tuesday 11 September 2012

Classy Spain hit Croatia for six

Spain 6-0 Croatia
The holders and Group 5 winners took their goal tally from eight games to 27 and fired a warning to the other teams in the hat for the play-off draw.

Holders Spain offered a reminder, if one were needed, of the threat they will pose in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying play-offs as they concluded their Group 5 programme with a 6-0 rout of Croatia.

In only Julen Lopetegui's second match as coach, Spain posted their second 6-0 home win of a campaign which has also brought a 7-2 victory in Georgia. With seven wins out of eight and 27 goals scored they will be the team to avoid in the play-off draw; for a Croatia side who were already five down at half-time, by contrast, now is the time to go home and lick their wounds.

Spain needed only three minutes to go in front as Isco set up Pablo Sarabia to score. Gerard Deulofeu made it 2-0 after 10 minutes, the FC Barcelona youngster dribbling past Šime Vrsaljko and Dario Župarić before finishing past Simon Sluga.

Deulofeu then set up Álvaro Vázquez for the third goal after 17 minutes before Sarabia crossed for Isco to make it four just after the half-hour. By the 38th minute it was 5-0 as captain Martín Montoya came in off the right wing, cut inside Mario Tičinović and beat Sluga with a left-foot shot.

Croatia managed to keep the score down thereafter although Spain did still add a sixth late on as Álvaro got his second after a fine cross from Tello.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.12CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Croatia

Croatia

1
MariñoDiego Mariño (GK)
1
SlugaSimon Sluga (GK)
2
MontoyaMartín Montoya (C)
Goal38
Substitution63
2
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
3
PlanasCarles Planas
3
TičinovićMario Tičinović (C)
4
NachoNacho
4
ŽuparićDario Župarić
5
AmatJordi Amat
Yellow Card29
5
BubnjićIgor Bubnjić
6
IllarramendiAsier Illarramendi
6
ŠarićTomislav Šarić
7
DeulofeuGerard Deulofeu
Goal10
Substitution63
7
PaurevićIvan Paurević
Substitution70
8
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
8
ŠitumMario Šitum
Substitution42
9
Álvaro VázquezÁlvaro Vázquez
Goal17
Goal81
9
RebićAnte Rebić
Substitution46
10
IscoIsco
Goal34
10
KramarićAndrej Kramarić
11
SarabiaPablo Sarabia
Goal3
Substitution71
11
ČulinaAntonini Čulina

Substitutes

13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
12
ČovićIvan Čović (GK)
12
Iñigo MartínezIñigo Martínez
13
LeškovićMarko Lešković
Substitution70
14
BartraMarc Bartra
Substitution63
14
BorasIvan Boras
15
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
15
GalovićNino Galović
Substitution42
16
KokeKoke
16
BručićKarlo Bručić
17
RodrigoRodrigo
Substitution71
Yellow Card90+1
17
BabićMario Babić
18
TelloCristian Tello
Substitution63
18
BudimirAnte Budimir
Substitution46
Yellow Card47

Coach

Julen Lopetegui (ESP) Ivan Šušak (CRO)

Referee

Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)

Assistant referees

Wilco Lobbert (NED), Patrick Langkamp (NED)

Fourth official

Ed Janssen (NED)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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