Spain too hot for Northern Ireland

Published: Saturday 16 February 2008, 13.17CET
Spain 4-0 Northern Ireland Ignacio Quereda's side scored two goals in each half to beat Northern Ireland and move into second place in Group 1.
by Lucy Turner
 
Published: Saturday 16 February 2008, 13.17CET

Spain too hot for Northern Ireland

Spain 4-0 Northern Ireland Ignacio Quereda's side scored two goals in each half to beat Northern Ireland and move into second place in Group 1.

Spain scored two goals in each half to beat Northern Ireland 4-0 and move into second place behind England in UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 1.

Command performance
Ignacio Quereda's side were in charge from start to finish in Montecillo de Aranda and opened the scoring on 15 minutes when striker Laura Del Río found a gap in the visiting defence. Ten minutes later they doubled their lead through forward Sonia Bermúdez.

Substitutions
The game followed a similar pattern to the first half after the break and Quereda took advantage of Spain's superiority to make several substitutions – replacing Aybar Noflia, Mari Paz Azagra Navascues and Sonia with Sandra Vilanova Tous, Veronica Boquete Giadans and María Paz Vilas. It was one of the replacements, María Paz, who struck the third goal, unopposed, just before the hour. Fifteen minutes later Ruth García headed past goalkeeper Emma Higgins to complete the scoring.

Second place
Spain sit second in Group 1, ahead of the Czech Republic on goal difference and having played a game more. The six group winners qualify directly for next year's finals while the six runners-up and the four third-placed teams with the best record against the top four in their group enter play-offs for five remaining berths.

Last updated: 17/02/08 17.15CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Spain

Spain

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

7María Paz
Substitution66'
3Kelly Bailie
3María Benito7Laura Giltesple
Substitution56'
8Laura del Río
Goal17'
8Stacey Hall (C)
Substitution86'
5Ruth García
Goal74'
1Emma Higgins (GK)
10Vanesa4Ashley Hutton
4Melisa6Kellie Leyland
1Ainhoa Tirapu (GK)2Aine Mcgovern
6Itziar Gurrutxaga (C)10Helen McKenna
Substitution77'
18Noelia Aybar
Substitution52'
5Julie Nelson
2Marta Torrejón9Sarah McFadden
14Sonia
Goal27'
Substitution71'
11Demi Vance

Substitutes

9Verónica Boquete
Substitution66'
14Sara Booth
Substitution86'
11Sandra
Substitution71'
17Rebecca Corish
Substitution56'
17Willy13Una Harkin
15Alexandra12Kirsty Eddis (GK)
16Maria-José Perez Gonzalez15Nadene Caldwell
12María Paz
Substitution52'
Goal59'
16Amy McCann
Substitution77'
13Cristina Estevez Lores (GK)18Lisa Armour

Coach

Ignacio Quereda Laviña (ESP) Alfie Wylie (NIR)

Referee

Christine Bango (AUT)

Assistant referees

Cindy Zeferino De Oliveira (AUT), Silke Mitterlechner (AUT)

Fourth official

Mayte Porro Araico (ESP)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Spain

    Spain

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  • Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland

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