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Rodrigo masterclass devastates Denmark

Published: Thursday 11 October 2012, 23.00CET
Spain 5-0 Denmark
The holders will take a clear advantage into Tuesday's return leg after Rodrigo capped a memorable night with four goals in Burgos.
by Paul Bryan
Rodrigo masterclass devastates Denmark
Rodrigo has all but ended Denmark's hopes of reaching the finals ©Carmelo Rubio, RFEF

Match statistics

SpainDenmark

Goals scored5
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
7
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners3
 
6
Fouls committed8
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Thursday 11 October 2012, 23.00CET

Rodrigo masterclass devastates Denmark

Spain 5-0 Denmark
The holders will take a clear advantage into Tuesday's return leg after Rodrigo capped a memorable night with four goals in Burgos.

UEFA European Under-21 Championship holders Spain are on course to defend their title in Israel next summer after a resounding 5-0 play-off first-leg victory against Denmark.



Julen Lopetegui's side took a formidable grip on the tie thanks to a four-goal haul from Rodrigo – which included a five-minute first half hat-trick – and an Isco penalty 11 minutes from the end in Burgos.

Both teams went into Thursday's encounter boasting unbeaten records in their respective qualifying round groups, and despite the visitors enjoying a bright start in rainy conditions in northern Spain, they were eventually stunned by La Rojita – and in particular by Rodrigo's four-timer.

A product of Real Madrid CF's youth set-up, the SL Benfica forward – who has notched four Portuguese Liga goals this season – exuded confidence as he chested down Christian Tello's lofted centre from the left before thumping past goalkeeper Frederik Rønnow for Spain's opener on 16 minutes.  

It got worse for Morten Wieghorst's men moments later when Málaga CF midfielder Isco confounded the Denmark defence by sliding a perfect pass along the slick surface for Rodrigo, who rounded Rønnow to score. 

La Rojita's seven-goal leading marksman in qualifying, the Rio de Janeiro-born player completed his treble after 21 minutes, accepting Iker Muniain's pass, turning Jannik Vestergaard and blasting high into the net from close range.

En route to qualifying for the 2011 finals in Denmark, Spain had needed a narrow win against Croatia in a play-off first leg also staged at Burgos's Municipal El Plantío. After 66 minutes of this fixture, however, the hosts were out of sight, Rodrigo side-footing in Muniain's cross for his fourth. Denmark's misery was compounded when Isco rifled in from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Mathias Jørgensen.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.37CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Denmark

Denmark

1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK) (C)
1
RønnowFrederik Rønnow (GK)
2
MontoyaMartín Montoya
2
FengerMads Fenger
3
PlanasCarles Planas
3
JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
4
BartraMarc Bartra
4
VestergaardJannik Vestergaard
5
Iñigo MartínezIñigo Martínez
5
KirkeskovMikkel Kirkeskov
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
6
DelaneyThomas Delaney
7
MuniainIker Muniain
Substitution84
7
E. LarsenEmil Larsen
8
IllarramendiAsier Illarramendi
8
AlbækMads Albæk (C)
Substitution83
9
RodrigoRodrigo
Goal16
Goal18
Goal21
Yellow Card49
Goal66
Substitution75
9
HeleniusNicklas Helenius
10
IscoIsco
Goal79
10
ChristiansenAnders Christiansen
Substitution63
11
TelloCristian Tello
Yellow Card62
Substitution62
11
KuskKasper Kusk
Substitution67

Substitutes

13
MariñoDiego Mariño (GK)
16
LarsenNicolai Larsen (GK)
12
NachoNacho
12
HøeghDaniel Høegh
Substitution83
14
DeulofeuGerard Deulofeu
Substitution84
13
Juel AndersenAlexander Juel Andersen
15
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
14
LaudrupAndreas Laudrup
Substitution67
16
SarabiaPablo Sarabia
Substitution62
15
BraithwaiteMartin Braithwaite
Substitution63
17
Álvaro VázquezÁlvaro Vázquez
Substitution75
17
FischerViktor Fischer
18
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
18
GundelachMark Gundelach

Coach

Julen Lopetegui (ESP) Morten Wieghorst (DEN)

Referee

Bobby Madden (SCO)

Assistant referees

William Conquer (SCO), Martin Cryans (SCO)

Fourth official

Alan Muir (SCO)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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