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Álvaro double helps Spain cruise to finals

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 21.10CET
Denmark 1-3 Spain (agg: 1-8)
Two goals from Álvaro Vázquez helped to confirm the defending champions' passage to the finals at the expense of Denmark.
by Thomas Mark
from Aalborg Stadion

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Match statistics

DenmarkSpain

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target10
 
9
Attempts off target6
 
1
Corners6
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 21.10CET

Álvaro double helps Spain cruise to finals

Denmark 1-3 Spain (agg: 1-8)
Two goals from Álvaro Vázquez helped to confirm the defending champions' passage to the finals at the expense of Denmark.

Defending champions Spain completed a comfortable play-off victory against Denmark as Álvaro Vázquez struck twice in the second half in Aalborg to confirm progress to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.

Despite the absence of Rodrigo, who scored four for Julen Lopetegui's side in Thursday's 5-0 first-leg triumph, Denmark enjoyed no respite and their slim hopes were well and truly dashed when Iker Muniain extended Spain's advantage in the 24th minute. It was a tough break for the hosts, who had controlled most of the play during the opening quarter, but they could do nothing as Isco's superb ball split the defence, allowing Martín Montoya to burst into the box and lay off unselfishly for Muniain.

With the tie as good as won, Spain slowed the pace down after the interval yet retained the efficiency in front of goal which characterised their performance over the two legs. Just after the hour, Christian Tello conjured the perfect pass for Álvaro and the Getafe CF forward showed no mercy in bringing the aggregate score to 7-0.

Their chances may have vanished, but Denmark refused to go quietly and David de Gea was forced into two excellent second-half saves, while Viktor Fischer and Daniel Høegh both struck the woodwork. A consolation finally came in added time when Anders Christiansen turned past the goalkeeper, yet there was still time for Álvaro to round off proceedings in the 92nd minute and emphatically rubber-stamp Spain's ticket to Israel.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.38CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Spain

Spain

1
RønnowFrederik Rønnow (GK)
1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK) (C)
2
FengerMads Fenger
2
MontoyaMartín Montoya
3
JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
3
PlanasCarles Planas
4
HøeghDaniel Høegh
4
AmatJordi Amat
Yellow Card69
5
KirkeskovMikkel Kirkeskov
5
Iñigo MartínezIñigo Martínez
6
DelaneyThomas Delaney
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
Substitution46
7
FischerViktor Fischer
Substitution74
7
MuniainIker Muniain
Goal24
Substitution57
8
AlbækMads Albæk (C)
Yellow Card32
8
IllarramendiAsier Illarramendi
Substitution65
9
BraithwaiteMartin Braithwaite
Substitution63
9
Álvaro VázquezÁlvaro Vázquez
Goal62
Goal90+2
10
ChristiansenAnders Christiansen
Yellow Card75
Goal90+1
10
IscoIsco
Yellow Card31
11
LaudrupAndreas Laudrup
Substitution81
11
TelloCristian Tello

Substitutes

16
FæsteKristian Fæste (GK)
13
MariñoDiego Mariño (GK)
12
VestergaardJannik Vestergaard
12
NachoNacho
13
Juel AndersenAlexander Juel Andersen
14
DeulofeuGerard Deulofeu
14
KuskKasper Kusk
Substitution74
15
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
Substitution65
15
HeleniusNicklas Helenius
Substitution63
16
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
Substitution46
Yellow Card64
17
GundelachMark Gundelach
Substitution81
17
SarabiaPablo Sarabia
Substitution57
18
MakienokSimon Makienok
18
MorataÁlvaro Morata

Coach

Morten Wieghorst (DEN) Julen Lopetegui (ESP)

Referee

Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Assistant referees

Paweł Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Fourth official

Paweł Raczkowski (POL)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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